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NASA | RRM: Mission to the Future Delivers the Goods In a six-day test at the International Space Station called the Robotic Refueling Mission, they tried out tools and techniques for repairing and refueling satellites without a single astronaut in sight. It's a story with historical roots dating back to the 1980's, and with RRM's twenty-first century on-orbit success, it shines a light on bold imaginings for a space-faring future that suddenly doesn't seem so far ahead. In this documentary we look at the lifecycle of this extraordinary initiative. + watch on youtube
NASA | RRM: The Main Event In orbit at 18,000 miles an hour, day and night change places every 90 minutes. Darkness and light, sleep and wake: it's tough to focus on precise tasks floating outside the International Space Station. But not if you're a robot. NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission puts that proposition to the test, with a first-of-its-kind demonstration of a simulated fuel transfer in space, no human in sight. But first, there's a pile of prep before the operation can commence. + watch on youtube
Robotic Refueling Mission Google Hangout Let's talk about robots in space. From January 14-25, NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office is testing technology that could refuel and retrofit aging satellites in orbit, using robots. NASA held a Robotic Refueling Mission Google+ Hangout at 11 a.m. ET, Thurs, Jan. 17, to discuss the mission and its implications for the future of space flight. This affects a lot of crucial topics, from the future of space flight, to minimizing space junk, to saving troubled satellites, to the amazing field of autonomous robots in space.+ watch on youtube
RRM Project Manager Interview NASA Public Affairs Office Dan Huot interviews Jill McGuire, the RRM Project Manager at Goddard Space Flight Center, about the current RRM operations taking place outside the International Space Station. + watch on youtube
ISS Update: Robotic Refueling Mission NASA Public Affairs Officer Josh Byerly conducts a phone interview with Benjamin Reed, Deputy Program Manager of NASA's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office, about this week's Robotic Refueling Mission activities. + watch on youtube
Space Station Robots Test Techniques of the Future NASA engineers will try to simulate the transfer of fuel from one vehicle to another, in space, with nothing but robots doing the physical work. + watch on youtube
RRM Day 1: Captured! Day One of NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) wraps, and mission planners are giving it high marks. Designed to push the boundaries of what robots can do in space, the five-day RRM effort has ambitious goals. Operational managers at the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Johnson Space Center manipulate the Dextre robot arm on International Space Station, overcoming obstacles and successfully removing a mechanical cap without a human hand in sight. + watch on youtube
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Gas Fittings Removal Task, Part II The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) is a NASA and Canadian Space Agency experiment on the International Space Station that demonstrates robotic satellite servicing and refueling technologies, tools and techniques — especially for satellites that were not designed to be serviced. From June 19-22, RRM uses the Canadian Dextre robot and the RRM Multifunction Tool and adapters to perform satellite servicing tasks on the representative satellite parts on the RRM module. The Multifunction Tool removes and stows a t-valve [00:22 — 1:06], retrieve and stores an ambient cap [1:06 — 1:33], and manipulates a plug located under the ambient cap [1:33-2:09]. During these operations, the RRM team also begins preparations for the refueling task will occurs late summer 2012 [not shown].WMV (7.5mb) | WMV (98 mb) | MOV (12 mb) | MOV (139 mb)
RRM Gas Fittings Removal Task video
Highlights from the RRM Gas Fittings Removal Task, Part 1 The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Gas Fittings Removal (GFR) task marked the first use of RRM tools in orbit and represents a milestone in the use of the International Space Station as a technology test bed. During GFR operations on March 7-9, 2012, the 12-foot (3.7-meter) Canadian Dextre robot removed, inspected, and re-stowed three RRM tools, resulting a clean bill of health for each. Dextre then used the RRM Multifunction Tool to remove the launch locks that kept four tool adapters secure in their receptacles during the shuttle launch of RRM to space. Finally, Dextre performed the most intricate task ever attempted by a space robot: cutting two separate 'lock wires' 20 thousandths of an inch (0.5 millimeters) in diameter using the RRM Wire Cutter Tool (WCT). Deftly maneuvered by ground-based mission operators and Dextre, the WCT smoothly slid its hook under the individual wires and severed them with only a few millimeters of clearance. + WMV - 6mb | + WMV - 63mb | + MOV - 387mb
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Behind the Scenes: Satellite Servicing Center and Robotic Lab RRM began operations on the ISS with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities. + watch on youtube + download in multiple formats
Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Operations 03.09.2012 - NASA' s highly anticipated Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) began operations on the International Space Station with the Canadian Dextre robot and RRM tools March 7-9, 2012, marking important milestones in satellite-servicing technology and the use of the space station robotic capabilities. + watch on youtube
Interview with Alex Janas, RRM Robot Operator NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot talks with Alex Janas, robotics operator from the Goddard Space Flight Center, about the Robotic Refueling Mission aboard the International Space Station. + watch on youtube
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RRM: Journey to Space Trace the path of the Robotic Refueling Mission, from RRM's launch on the historic STS-135 to the module's transfer to the International Space Station! Watch live footage from the Goddard Satellite Servicing Development Facility and learn about the servicing tasks that RRM demonstrates in space. + watch video (MPG, 112 MB) + large format (F4V, 147 MB)
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Obama talks to STS-135 crew about the RRM President Obama asked the Atlantis STS-135 crew about the "innovative" Robotic Refueling Mission during a phone call to the International Space Station. The RRM clip begins at 3:10. + watch video
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STS-135 Mission Status Briefing, Day 5
Featuring RRM Spacewalk and Press Demo
NASA shuttle and International Space Station managers brief the public and press on the fifth day of mission activities for shuttle Atlantis STS-135, the final shuttle mission. Learn more about the spacewalk that transferred the RRM module from the shuttle cargo bay to a temporary platform on the International Space Station. The RRM transfer footage begins at 10:36. SSCO Deputy Project Manager Benjamin Reed begins his briefing on the RRM at 16:10. + watch video
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Astronauts Transfer RRM to Station Watch a video recap of flight day 5 of the STS-135 mission of space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. Spacewalking astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan transfer the Robotic Refueling Mission payload from the shuttle cargo bay to its temporary platform on space station's Dextre robot. + watch video
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What is the Robotic Refueling Mission? The Robotic Refueling Mission module will "demonstrate" —or prove— how a robot could repair and refuel a satellite in space. Learn what RRM will be doing on orbit and see how this external International Space Station experiment works with Dextre, Canada's "handyman" robot. + 720x400 (WMV, 16MB)
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NASA TV "Robotic Refueling Mission Demonstration" NASA and Canadian Space Agency representatives give an interactive demonstration of the Robotic Refueling Mission's objectives, complete with a high-fidelity model of the RRM module along with its tools. Discover how this International Space Station experiment will demonstrate satellite-servicing technology and build a foundation for future Notional Robotic Servicing Missions. + watch on youtube
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