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Robotic Refueling Mission

Robotic refueling is challenging. Before a satellite leaves the ground, technicians fill its fuel tank through a valve that's then triple-sealed and covered with a protective blanket&mdashdesigned never to be accessed again. RRM paves the way for a future robotic servicing mission by demonstrating that a remote-controlled robot can overcome these obstacles to service and refuel a satellite on orbit. A joint effort between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), this mission will use the station's robotic arm known as Dextre to conduct these experiments. Normally employed for maintenance of the orbiting superstructure, Dextre becomes experimental hardware in RRM, pushing the limits of robotic teleoperation. It's a first step to making routine robotic servicing on orbit a reality.

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Malissa Reyes (USRA): Video Editor
Michael Randazzo (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Video Editor
Christy Hansen (SGT): Interviewee
Brian Roberts (Jackson & Tull, Inc.): Interviewee
Malissa Reyes (USRA): Producer
Michael Starobin (HTSI): Producer
Swarupa Nune (Vantage): Project Support
Rob Andreoli (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.): Videographer
Malissa Reyes (USRA): Videographer
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