Building New Robotic Refueling Technologies
- Piece by piece, NASA is building new technologies to refuel and repair existent satellites in orbit—and they're using the International Space Station to test them. After concluding a successful ground-based test of robotic satellite refueling technology, the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office is preparing for a new round of related demonstrations on the International Space Station. The orbital testing focuses on real-time relative navigation, spacecraft inspection and the replenishment of cryogens in satellites not originally designed for in-flight service.
NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies
- NASA has successfully concluded a remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer hazardous oxidizer—a type of propellant—into the tanks of satellites in space today.
Concurrently on the ground, NASA is incorporating results from this test and the Robotic Refueling Mission on the International Space Station to prepare for an upcoming ground-based test of a full-sized robotic servicer system that will perform tasks on a mock satellite client. > Story and Video
NASA Goddard and Kennedy Testing New Satellite Refueling Technologies
- It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. In February 2014, NASA is conducting a multi-Center, 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.
The ground-based Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test (RROxiTT) is another step forward in NASA's ongoing campaign to develop satellite-servicing capabilities for space architectures and human exploration. > Get More Info
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Testing Continues for Satellite Servicing Capabilities
- Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are partnering with counterparts at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to develop systems to bring potential future robotic "service tow trucks" to orbiting spacecraft in need of aid. Operating under Goddard's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office's (SSCO) technology development effort, the project is now moving into the next phase with a team at Kennedy developing a reliable and accurate prototype high-pressure propellant transfer assembly using lessons learned from recent testing.> Read the full article