Program Manager: David Barnhart, DARPA/TTO


February 8th, 2013

Phoenix Proposers' Day

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Tactical Technology Office (TTO) is sponsoring an Proposers' Day for the potential proposer community in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the Phoenix program. The Proposers' Day will be held on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the DARPA Conference Center, 675 North Randolph Street, Arlington, VA from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Advance registration is required (there is no registration fee to attend).

The goals of the Proposers' Day are:
  • To facilitate interaction between investigators who may have capabilities to develop elements of interest and relevance to the Phoenix program goals.
  • To encourage and promote teaming arrangements among organizations that have the relevant expertise, research facilities, and capabilities for executing research and development that is responsive to the Phoenix program goals.
Program Objective & Description

The goal of the Phoenix program is to develop and demonstrate technologies to harvest and re-use valuable components from retired, cooperative, non-operating satellites in or near geosynchronous orbit (GEO) and, using these components, realize the ability to create new space systems at greatly reduced cost. Phoenix seeks to demonstrate around-the-clock, Event Image: satelliteglobally persistent communication capability for warfighters more economically by robotically removing and re-using GEO-based space apertures and antennas from de-commissioned satellites in the graveyard or disposal orbit.

A previously released BAA (DARPA-BAA-12-02) (see right column, middle item) requested proposals for a new set of technologies to include a new morphological instantiation in building satellites (i.e. “satlets”), a payload orbital delivery system (PODS) to deliver satlets at a higher tempo to orbit, and a separate on-orbit satellite servicing spacecraft (i.e. “Servicer/Tender”). The Servicer/Tender uses grasping mechanical arms and unique robotic tools to remove the satlets and components from the PODs and construct a new satellite system, thus realizing repurposing activities.

This solicitation seeks additional technologies and capabilities to enhance the operational utility of the Phoenix demonstration mission, including rendezvous proximity operations (RPO) technology suite, synergistic N-DOF (number of degrees of freedom) test facility support, virtual ground station operations, and PODs hosted launch. Through the Phoenix program, DARPA seeks to hasten the creation and insertion of emerging technologies into on-orbit space system development at much lower cost while pioneering responsible space-to-space interactions in GEO.

Registration Information

Due to space limitations, attendance is limited to the first 120 registrants, and no more than two representatives per organization business unit are allowed to attend. The Proposers' Day meeting is unclassified and open to the general public. All attendees are required to present government-issued photo identification upon entry to the event. Non-US citizens are required to submit a DARPA Form 60 “Foreign National Visit Request”, downloadable here or upon completion of registration. The completed DARPA Form 60 must be emailed in .pdf format to: prior to the close of registration on February 4th.

Please note: Registration closes on Monday, February 4th at noon E.S.T.

Check-In Procedure

All visitors entering the facility will pass through a metal detector prior to entry. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from entering a metal detector or have metal implants that would set off an alarm, please let the officers know and alternate processing methods will be used. If necessary, inspections may be conducted using handheld metal detectors (similar to the process used at airports). All visitor hand carried items will be x-rayed prior to entry. Your cooperation with these mandatory antiterrorism measures is appreciated. Once cleared by the officer, you will be directed to the Conference Center.


All administrative and technical questions should be directed to Please refer to the Phoenix Proposers' Day Workshop Special Notice number (DARPA-SN-13-16) in all correspondence. See the Help page for additional information.

The Proposers' Day Coordinators are:

Janine Bruhn
Erin Fowler
Brook Sullivan

Contact by email at:

The Program Manager for this effort is:

David Barnhart

Attendance at the Phoenix Proposers' Day is voluntary and is not required to propose to subsequent BAAs (if any) on this topic. The Proposers’ Day does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. This announcement is issued solely for information and program planning purposes and is not a Request for Information (RFI). Since this is not an RFI, no submissions against this notice will be accepted by the Government. DARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred to participate in this Proposers' Day.