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New Satellite Servicing Demonstrations on Space Station

03.06.2014 - Piece by piece, NASA is building new technologies to refuel and repair existent satellites in orbit—and they're using the International Space Station to test them. After concluding a successful ground-based test of robotic satellite refueling technology, the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office is preparing for a new round of related demonstrations on the International Space Station. The orbital testing focuses on real-time relative navigation, spacecraft inspection and the replenishment of cryogens in satellites not originally designed for in-flight service. > Go to NASA Feature

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NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies

NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies

03.05.2014 - 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. > Go to NASA Feature

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

NASA Goddard and Kennedy Testing New Satellite Refueling Technologies

2.12.2014 - It's corrosive, it's hazardous, and it can cause an explosion powerful enough to thrust a satellite forward in space. In February 2014, NASA is conducting a multi-Center, remotely controlled test of new technologies that would empower future space robots to transfer this dangerous fluid—satellite oxidizer—into the propellant tanks of spacecraft in space today.

The ground-based Remote Robotic Oxidizer Transfer Test (RROxiTT) is another step forward in NASA's ongoing campaign to develop satellite-servicing capabilities for space architectures and human exploration. > Go to NASA Feature
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Testing Continues for Satellite Servicing Capabilities

Testing Continues for Satellite Servicing Capabilities

12.02.2013 - Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are partnering with counterparts at the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland to develop systems to bring potential future robotic "service tow trucks" to orbiting spacecraft in need of aid. Operating under Goddard's Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office's (SSCO) technology development effort, the project is now moving into the next phase with a team at Kennedy developing a reliable and accurate prototype high-pressure propellant transfer assembly using lessons learned from recent testing.
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NASA Article03.05.2014 - NASA Concludes Test of New Robotic Refueling Technologies

WWW Article02.24.2014 - Remote satellite repair service tested [Florida Today]

WWW Article02.12.2014 - NASA's building a satellite refueling robot platform that works... in space [engadget]

WWW Article02.18.2014 - "Ask Me Anything" with Ben Reed on RROxiTT [Reddit]

NASA Article02.12.2014 - NASA Tests New Technologies for Robotic Refueling

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