Robotic Spacecraft to Refuel & Repair Satellites in Orbit, Building by NASA (Download PDF)

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NASA has awarded a $127 million contract to the California-based satellite company Space Systems for giving shape to its robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to service satellites currently in orbit.

About Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM)

Science Objectives

  • RRM investigation uses the International Space Station’s two-armed robotic handyman, Dextre.
  • To show how future robots could service and refuel satellites in space.
  • RRM tests NASA-developed technologies, tools and procedures to refuel.
  • Repair satellites that were not originally designed to be serviced.
  • RRM is expected to pave the way for future robotic servicing missions in space.

Experiment Details

  • Principal Investigator: Frank Cepollina, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
  • Co-Investigator/Collaborator: Benjamin Reed, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
  • Developer: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, United States
  • Sponsoring Space Agency: NASA
  • Sponsoring Organization: Technology Demonstration Office (TDO)
The Robotic Refueling Mission Tasks

The Robotic Refueling Mission Tasks

The Robotic Refueling Mission Tasks

The RRM Tasks

  • Launch Lock Removal and Vision
  • Gas Fittings Removal
  • Refueling
  • Thermal Blanket Manipulation
  • Screw (Fastener) Removal
  • Electrical Cap Removal

- Published/Last Modified on: December 15, 2016

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