The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tactical Technologies Office has selected ATK to support its Phoenix Technologies Program, the firm announced Wednesday.
PTP is an initiative which aims to reuse components from retired or damaged satellites in the geosynchronous orbit.
Through the award ATK will modify an existing geostationary bus for the Phoenix mission.
ATK is expected to deliver the bus to the Naval Research Laboratory by October 2014.
Tom Wilson, ATK Space Systems Division vice president and general manager said “Our existing expertise in spacecraft bus technology and robotic satellite servicing tools is a significant asset towards helping the DARPA Phoenix program achieve mission success.”
ATK will also work with the University of Maryland’s Space Systems Laboratory to develop robotic servicing tools and software that will be used for satellite grappling, control and salvage operations.