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A Look At The Amazing Statistics As NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Enters Its 25th Year
2014-05-12 03:59:55

[ Hubble Videos ] Rob Gutro, NASA On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown of space. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recently marked its 24th year in space and to celebrate its 25th year, NASA is taking a look at some of the amazing statistics generated by the world-famous telescope. Hubble has...

NASA Looks To Robots To Refuel And Repair Satellites In Orbit
2014-03-07 13:12:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA is using the International Space Station (ISS) as a test bed for technologies that could refuel and repair existing satellites in orbit. The space agency said it is preparing another round of demonstrations on the space station to test the new technology. This testing will focus on real-time relative navigation, spacecraft inspection and the replenishment of cryogens in satellites that were not initially built for in-flight...

New Robotic Refueling Technologies Tested By NASA
2014-03-06 14:03:44

[ Watch The Video: Teaming Up to Test the Future of Satellite Refueling ] Dewayne Washington and Adrienne Alessandro, NASA The Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., checked another critical milestone off their list with the completion of their Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test (RROxiTT) in February 2014. "This is the first time that anyone has tested this type of technology, and we've proven that it works....

NASA Currently Testing New Technologies For Robotic Refueling
2014-02-13 10:28:50

Dewayne Washington/Adrienne Alessandro - NASA [ Watch The Video: Another Step Toward Servicing Satellites in Space ] It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. Multiple NASA centers are currently conducting a remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer this dangerous fluid -- satellite oxidizer -- into the propellant tanks of spacecraft in space today....

2013-02-09 10:09:12

NASA has demonstrated robotic fluid transfer in space, an objective that will help inform the development of robotic technology to refuel satellites. The first-of-its-kind demonstration was performed during the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) aboard the International Space Station. "This achievement is a major step forward in servicing satellites," said Frank Cepollina, associate director of the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md....

2012-03-14 12:56:42

NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) experiment aboard the International Space Station has demonstrated remotely controlled robots and specialized tools can perform precise satellite-servicing tasks in space. The project marks a milestone in the use of the space station as a technology test bed. "We and our partners are making important technological breakthroughs," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "As we move ahead toward reaching our exploration goals, we will realize even more...

Image 1 - Robotic Refueling Begins With Space Station Robotics
2012-03-08 10:37:12

NASA's highly anticipated Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) began operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools March 7-9, 2012, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities. A joint effort between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), RRM is an external station experiment designed to demonstrate the technologies, tools, and techniques needed to robotically service and...

2009-05-11 14:45:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that its engines helped launch the Space Shuttle Atlantis from Kennedy Space Center on the last Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Aerojet propulsion was used to support the launch for on-orbit operations and will be used during landing. Seven astronauts will perform five spacewalks on this 11-day mission to conduct final servicing and repair services on the Hubble Space...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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