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Arati Prabhakar: National Security Requirements for Space Can Be Too Costly

Arati Prabhakar
Arati Prabhakar

Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has expressed concern on the cost of performing research in space for national security requirements, the American Forces Press Service reported Monday.

Cheryl Pellerin writes that Prabhakar told a American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics-hosted conference that now is the time to seek ways of resolving that challenge.

Congestion in space has grown due to the proliferation in commercial activities being conducted in orbit, she said.

“There’s also something going on inside the national security community in space that’s actually quite troubling. That has to do with how slow and costly it is for us today to do anything we need to do on orbit for national security purposes,” added Prabhakar.

Prabhakar also discussed DARPA’s efforts in hypersonic technology, electromagnetic spectrum control, cybersecurity, big data analytics, brain function and synthetic biology at the conference.

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