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NASA's Space Robot Repairmen Makes More Strides
2012-06-30 10:00:17

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA announced on Thursday that it completed another successful round of Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) operations on the International Space Station. The mission, which is a joint effort between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), is on track for a refueling demonstration in late summer 2012. RRM is an external station experiment designed to demonstrate the technologies, tools, and techniques needed to robotically repair and...

2012-05-25 09:24:34

The Boeing Company has successfully completed a new milestone in the development of software that will operate its Crew Space Transportation (CST) spacecraft. The company is one of NASA's partners developing commercial crew transportation capabilities to ferry U.S. astronauts to and from low Earth orbit and the International Space Station. With the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) of its software on May 18, the company now has completed more than 40 milestones under partnerships supporting...

X-37B Passes One Year Milestone, Still In Orbit
2012-03-09 09:04:34

The US Air Force´s X-37B spacecraft, an experimental miniature space shuttle launched last March, has just passed the one year mark in space, with no signs of returning to Earth anytime soon. The spacecraft, designed to spend up to nine months in Earth´s orbit, was launched March 5, 2011. X-37B, known as Orbital Test Vehicle 2 (OTV) -- the military´s follow up to the X-37 --  has been in orbit one year and two days, and is on a purely scientific endeavor, according to...

Image 1 - Spacecraft Seal Tested To Verify Computer Models
2012-03-08 05:02:35

Previous seal studies relied heavily on 'intuition and costly experiments' An Akron researcher is designing computer prediction models to test potential new docking seals that will better preserve breathable cabin air for astronauts living aboard the International Space Station and other NASA spacecraft. Garafolo recently analyzed a two-piece elastic silicone — or elastomer — seal, using the IBM 1350 Glenn computer cluster at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). His model...

NASA May Develop Fueling Station In Space
2011-10-24 11:29:11

The New York Times reported on Saturday that NASA is considering plans to place fuel stations in space for spacecraft to fill back up before heading to the moon or Mars. The report said engineers will meet at NASA headquarters in Washington next month to discuss how propellant depots, as NASA calls it, could be used to reach farther into space. The Times said NASA performed study of propellant depots, which found that the budget needed for the project from 2012 through 2030 would be $60...

2011-07-12 05:45:00

The U.S. government is laying the groundwork for an entire new industry to service satellites in orbit. The Robotic Refueling Mission flying aboard space shuttle Atlantis will use the International Space Station's Dextre robot to test tools for refueling and repairing satellites. "I've likened it to a Fisher-Price play toy for a robot, and I don't mean that in a negative sense," Atlantis commander Chris Ferguson said in a preflight interview with Reuters. The astronauts aboard Atlantis'...

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