RROxiTT: Another Step toward Servicing Satellites in Space
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and Kennedy Space Center in Florida joined teams and efforts to test new robotic refueling technologies that could help satellites live longer in space. During the test, a robotic arm with a highly specialized tool transfered satellite oxidizer — an extremely corrosive fluid that helps propel satellites in orbit — through the valve of a simulated spacecraft. Adding to the complexity, the test was operated remotely from Goddard while performed at Kennedy’s Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. The test simulated the refueling of a spacecraft in orbit, an extremely challenging task that the team has been tackling since they launched the successful Robotic Refueling Mission demonstration to the International Space Station in 2011.
For more information, visit the Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office website.
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NASA Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office: Animator
Katrina Jackson (ARTS): Video Editor
Silvia Stoyanova (USRA): Video Editor
Benjamin Reed (NASA): Interviewee
Marion Riley (Lockheed Martin Technical Operations): Interviewee
Matthew Sammons (SGT, Inc.): Interviewee
Alex Janas (SGT, Inc.): Interviewee
Brian Nufer (NASA/KSC): Interviewee
Silvia Stoyanova (USRA): Producer
Alex Janas (SGT, Inc.): Scientist
Rob Andreoli (AIMM): Videographer
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