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Robotic Refueling Mission — Phase 2

Introducing VIPIR, a new satellite inspection borescope<br /> tool being tested on RRM-Phase 2. Robots at work: the Canadian Dextre robot (left) and the RRM module <br />(center, on platform) during RRM-Phase 1. RRM's new Task Board 4 packs many satellite-servicing <br />activities into one compact area.

Moving Beyond Robotic Refueling

With robotic refueling off its checklist, RRM is advancing to demonstrate advanced solar cell technology, satellite inspection, and the intermediary steps leading up to satellite cryogen replenishment. All of these tasks will take place on RRM's home, the International Space Station.

What's the common thread? Servicing capabilities. These new technologies, tools and techniques could eventually give satellite owners resources to diagnose problems on orbit, fix anomalies, and keep certain spacecraft instruments performing longer in space.

New hardware is outfitting the modular RRM box with the task boards, adapters, and inspection tool it needs to practice this fresh roster of tasks. One shipment already arrived at space station in August 2013. The second is being delivered by the Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 in July 2014.

Dextre, the two-handed Canadian Space Agency robot, will transfer and install the new hardware onto the RRM module. RRM operations are currently being scheduled.

What's Coming Up?
  • July 29, 2014 — Launch of VIPIR tool and RRM task board to space station on board the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle-5.
  • Aug 12, 2014 — The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 docks to Space Station with RRM-Phase 2 hardware on board. > More Info
  • To Be Scheduled — Dextre robot removes one of the task boards and one of the tools currently on the RRM module, and installs the new RRM hardware.
  • To Be Scheduled — RRM-Phase 2 Operations.

About the VIPIR Inspection Tool →

Phase 2 Demonstrations →

Hardware Delivery and Installation →