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Robotic Refueling Mission
2014-08-13 02:30:35

Adrienne Alessandro, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Who doesn’t love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what’s really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That’s the case with NASA’s fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). The award-winning endeavor moved one step closer to its 2.0 update with the delivery of new RRM hardware aboard the European Automated Transfer Vehicle-5, which...

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....

NASA Set To Demonstrate Robotic Refueling Mission
2013-01-15 13:33:16

[Watch Video: RRM Day One - Captured] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA is about to take a new step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies by testing the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). The space agency's investigation could impact the satellites that deliver products Americans rely on daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news. Controllers will be using the International Space Station's (ISS) remotely operated...

NASA Takes Next Step In Advancing Robotic Satellite-servicing Technologies
2013-01-11 13:06:55

NASA In mid-January, NASA will take the next step in advancing robotic satellite-servicing technologies as it tests the Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM aboard the International Space Station. The investigation may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products Americans rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones and television news. During five days of operations, controllers from NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will use the space station's...

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...

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...

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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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