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RRM Multifunction Tool
06.22.2012 - The Multifunction Tool uses its attached adapter to manipulate a plug located under the Ambient Cap on the RRM module. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.22.2012 - Dextre and the Multifunction Tool carefully position the Tertiary Cap Adapter over the Tertiary Cap Receptacle on the RRM module - a practice run for the upcoming RRM Refueling task. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.22.2012 - Dextre stows the Multifunction Tool with the Tertiary Cap Adapter attached.
Dextre at work on RRM
06.20.2012 - RRM operations begin again on the International Space Station. During the second part of the Gas Fittings Removal task, the Canadian Dextre robot (bottom) performs a new set of satellite-servicing tasks on the RRM module (center). + view
 RRM Multifunction Tool going in for T-Valve Adapter_19 Jun 2012
06.20.2012 - The RRM Multifunction Tool (left), built at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, approaches the T-Valve Adapter (bottom right) on the RRM module. The Multifunction Tool will use this adapter to pick up a T-Valve, a part found on many satellites. + view
RRM TVA approaching T-Valve
06.20.2012 - Now that the T-Valve Adapter (center) is firmly attached to the Multifunction Tool, mission controllers get the Multifunction Tool into position to pick up the T-Valve (not shown) on the RRM module. + view
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06.20.2012 - The Multifunction Tool with its T-Valve Adapter closes in to retrieve the T-Valve on the RRM module. By demonstrating these types of tasks, RRM is laying the foundation for robotic satellite servicing on orbit. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - The RRM Multifunction Tool is the star of the June 2012 RRM operations. The "MFT" is designed to connect to a variety of specialized adapters to perform a wide range of servicing tasks on the RRM module. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - During RRM operations, the RRM Multifunction Tool removes and stows a T-valve (seen above) on the RRM module + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - Once it is attached to the Multifunction Tool, the RRM T-valve Adapter removes a T-valve and stows it along with the T-valve Adapter on the RRM module. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - Back in March, the RRM Wire Cutter Tool severed the wire tightly hugging the right side of this Ambient Cap. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - The RRM Multifunction Tool removes and stows an Ambient Cap with the help of the aptly named Ambient Cap Adapter. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - The RRM Multifunction Tool uses this Plug Manipulation Adapter during the June 2012 RRM operations. + view
RRM Multifunction Tool
06.18.2012 - With the Tertiary Cap Adapter attached to the Multifunction Tool, mission operators can safely remove and stow the outermost layer of protection on the representative RRM satellite fuel valve. + view
Malfunction tool
03.09.2012 - Dextre "hangs out" in space with two Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) tools in its "hands." The RRM module is in the foreground.+ view
Malfunction tool
03.08.2012 - Dextre moves the RRM Wire Cutter Tool into place before hooking and cutting the wire between two T-valves. + view
Malfunction tool
03.08.2012 - With the Earth as its backdrop, the International Space Station's Canadian Dextre robot moves the RRM Multifunction Tool towards the RRM module. + view
Satellite Servicing Center
03.08.2012 - Within the Goddard Satellite Servicing Development Facility, a FANUC industrial robot (blue robot in the middle of the photo) and RRM flight-spare hardware (white structures to the left in the photo) stand ready to help troubleshoot any problems that might arise. + view
Dextre and RRM
03.07.2012 - The Canadian Dextre robot approaches the RRM module on the International Space Station during the RRM Gas Fittings Removal task. + view
Safety Cap Removed
03.07.2012 - The Canadian Dextre removes the RRM Safety Cap Tool from the RRM module during the RRM Gas Fittings Removal task. + view
RRM photo
09.21.2011 - The Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center hosted the team of Robot Operators from the Johnson Space Center (JSC).
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RRM photo
09.07.2011 - With the International Space Station's accordion solar array in the background, the Dextre "OTCM" (at end of arm) uses its built-in cameras and lights to scan the Robotic Refueling Mission module during the Vision Task. This data will help develop machine vision algorithms against the harsh lighting on orbit, aiding future autonomous robotic operations beyond RRM. + view
RRM photo
09.06.2011 - The Robotic Refueling Mission module, successfully installed onto its permanent location on the International Space Station's ExPRESS Logistics Carrier-4. + view
RRM photo
09.02.2011 - The Dextre robot transferred and installs the Robotic Refueling Mission module onto its permanent home on the International Space Station on September 2, 2011. RRM will remain on the space station's ExPRESS Logistics Carrier-4 during its two-year window of operations. >+ view | + hi-res
RRM photo
07.13.2011 - The RRM module on the International Space Station, temporarily installed on the Dextre robot's Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform. On September 2, 2011, space station's Canadarm2 and Dextre robot transferred RRM to its permanent location on the ExPRESS (Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station) Logistics Carrier-4. + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
07.12.2011 - A helmet view from astronaut Mike Fossum after the July 12, 2011 installation of the RRM on a temporary platform on the International Space Station. RRM remained on the Dextre robot's "Enhanced Orbital Replacement Unit Temporary Platform" until it was transferred to its permanent location on the station's truss at the EXPRESS Logistics Carrier-4. /+ view
RRM photo
07.12.2011 - On July 12, 2011, spacewalking astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan successfully transferred the Robotic Refueling Mission module from the Atlantis shuttle cargo bay to an temporary platform on the International Space Station's Dextre robot. + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
07.11.2011 - First full look at the Robotic Refueling Mission payload in the cargo bay of the shuttle Atlantis. On Tuesday July 12, 2011, astronauts transferred the module to an external platform on the International Space Station. + view
RRM photo
07.06.2011 - The Press Site auditorium at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida hosted a Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module demonstration on July 6, 2011. Seen here is a demo version of the experiment. The RRM team on the ground follows along with this demo version, nicknamed "Rosie," during RRM operations in space. + view | + hi-res
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RRM Illustration
06.25.2011 - In this artist's concept, cameras light the way as an RRM tool approaches RRM to cut wire—one of the steps to accessing a satellite's triple-sealed fuel valve. + view | + hi-res
RRM Illustration
06.25.2011 - In this artist's concept, the International Space Station's Canadian "Dextre" robot (right) approaches the Robotic Refueling Mission module (center, mounted to platform) with an RRM Tool (above module). RRM demonstrates satellite-servicing tools, technologies, and technologies to help reduce the risk for future Notional Robotic Servicing Missions. + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
06.21.2011 - The Robotic Refueling Mission module installed in Atlantis' cargo bay, ready for its STS-135 flight. + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
05.23.2011 - The Robotic Refueling Mission experiment (hanging from carrier, left), as it is being installed in the STS-135 shuttle payload canister at Kennedy Space Center. + view | + full image feature
RRM photo
05.19.2011 - The Robotic Refueling Mission module as it is being prepared for flight at Kennedy Space Center. RRM is about the size of a washing machine and weighs approximately 550 pounds, with dimensions of 33" by 43" by 45". + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
05.19.2011 - The cube-shaped RRM module breaks down each refueling activity into distinct, testable tasks and provides the components, activity boards, and tools to practice them. Four unique tools are stowed within RRM until the Dextre robot retrieves them. + view | + hi-res
RRM photo
03.22.2011 - The Robotic Refueling Mission Tools Team tests an RRM tool at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. + view | + hi-res
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