- Two days of RRM operations have been completed! The team has successfully checked off two more servicing tasks: SMA (or "Subminiature A") cap removal
and screw removal
. These tiny caps and fasteners, when removed, would give a servicer access to a satellite's internal systems for more extensive diagnoses and repairs. Learn how all of this was accomplished with a single tool by exploring our list of tasks
- The Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) team is poised to tackle another round of robotic satellite servicing tasks on the International Space Station on May 1-2, 6 and 8. After extensive preparations on the ground, robot operators from Goddard Space Flight Center and Johnson Space Center will deftly guide the Station's Dextre robot in space to use the specially designed RRM tools to remove and detain small screws, retrieve and safely stow tiny caps, and straightly slice through satellite blanket tape. Get the latest updates
Dates are Set for RRM Operations - Team Prepares
- The next round of Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) operations, following the first-of-its-kind refueling task in January, have been set for May 1-2 and 6-7, 2013 on the International Space Station. The team plans to use the Dextre robot on Station to complete another set of satellite servicing tasks with RRM's specially-designed tools, including the manipulation of a sample of thermal blanketing and removal of small caps and fasteners. Dextre's robot operators (ROBOs for short) from Johnson Space Center visited the Goddard Satellite Servicing Center at the beginning of March 2013 to study and discuss the details of these robotic maneuvers. Stay tuned for updates.