February 14, 2014
Another Step Toward Servicing Satellites in Space
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Kennedy Space Center in Florida are joining teams and efforts to test new robotic refueling technologies that could help satellites live longer in space. During the test, a robotic arm with a highly specialized tool transfers satellite oxidizer — an extremely corrosive fluid that helps propel satellites in orbit — through the valve of a simulated spacecraft. Adding to the complexity, the test is being operated remotely from Goddard while performed at Kennedy’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The test simulates the refueling of a spacecraft in orbit, an extremely challenging task that the team has been tackling since they launched the successful Robotic Refueling Mission demonstration to the International Space Station in 2011.
In this video, robotic arm operator Alex Janas introduces RROxiTT (Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test) while standing next to the robotic arm. He also teases an upcoming, longer video that will go into further detail and show footage from the actual test.
[ Read the Article: NASA Currently Testing New Technologies For Robotic Refueling ]