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
Robotic Refueling Mission team celebrates 15th Anniversary of International Space Station
- November 20, 2013, marked the fifteenth anniversary of the launch of the first piece of the International Space Station (ISS) to orbit. To commemorate ISS's incredible achievements as a test bed for technology research and development, we present this 2011 image of the spacewalk that transferred NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module to ISS during STS-135, the final flight of the Shuttle Program. Since its arrival, RRM has been demonstrating the robotic tools, technologies and techniques needed to refuel and repair satellites in orbit -- particularly "legacy" satellites, spacecraft that weren't designed to be serviced. #ISS15 > Learn more
Japanese H-II Transport Vehicle successfully launched
- The Japanese H-II Transport Vehicle successfully launched from the Tanegashima Space Center on August 4, 2013, with new Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) hardware on board. The spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with the International Space Station on Friday, August 9.