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NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies

RROxiTT lead roboticist Alex Janas stands with the Oxidizer Nozzle Tool as he examines the work site.

 

Credit: NASA/Goddard/Chris Gunn

 

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.

 

 

Collectively, these efforts are part of an ongoing and aggressive technology development campaign to equip robots and humans with the tools and capabilities needed for spacecraft maintenance and repair, the assembly of large space telescopes, and extended human exploration.

 

Read more here: www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nasa-tests-new-robotic-refue...

 

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Taken on January 17, 2014