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The Robotic Operations Center (ROC) is a test bed for satellite-servicing technologies that enable science and exploration. +view | hi-res
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Through the ROC, SSPD tests and refines satellite-servicing capabilities and systems before they launch to space. +view | hi-res
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Robots and mockups allow SSPD to simulate and practice satellite-servicing tasks, such as gently grasping a client satellite. +view | hi-res
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SSPD tests an early version of the NASA Servicing Arm within the ROC. +view | hi-res
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A technician works on mockups of a servicer spacecraft and a client within the ROC. +view | hi-res
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The Robotic Operations Center is SSPD's newest test bed for servicing technologies that enable exploration and science. +view | hi-res
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12.09.2011 - Geared up and ready to go: SSPD team member and robot operator Alex Janas attaches a Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) tool onto the industrial robot arm before simulating an RRM servicing task. +view | hi-res
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12.09.2011 - Cameras, monitors and computer stations are the eyes and brains of the facility, giving robot operators like Joe Easley a front-seat view of the robots' activities as they issue commands. +view | hi-res
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12.09.2011 - Two Motoman robot arms stand at attention, one arm's sensor (right) ready to track the motion the other arm's target (left). SSPD team member Nick Scott makes the final adjustments before the simulation starts. +view | hi-res
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12.05.2011 - Black-walled and packed with state-of-the-art robotic technology, the Servicing Technology Center tests and refines satellite-servicing technologies and systems on the ground before they launch to space. +view | hi-res
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12.05.2011 - The FANUC robot (left) in the Servicing Technology Center stands in for the ISS Dextre robot as the SSPD team practices RRM tasks on high-fidelity RRM mock-ups (center and right). +view | hi-res
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11.29.2011 - Ben Reed describes the Servicing Technology Center to Senator Barbara Mikulski, Congresswoman Donna Edwards and Congressman Steny Hoyer during a visit to the Goddard Space Flight Center. +view | flickr
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11.29.2011 - Center Director Rob Strain at the Servicing Technology Center with Congresswoman Donna Edwards, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman Steny Hoyer during a visit to GSFC. +view | flickr
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09.21.2011 - The Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center hosted the team of Robot Operators from the Johnson Space Center (JSC). +go to gallery
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9.20.2011 - Before the Dextre robot moves toward the RRM module on the ISS, mission operators spend hundreds of hours in the development facility on the Earth scripting and practicing each task. +view | hi-res
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2010 - The development facility relies on an integrated system of cameras, sensors, and algorithms to track robotic activity during RRM testing. Here, the team practices RRM tasks in a Goddard clean room. +view
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2010 - The Goddard Satellite Servicing Development Facility relies on an integrated system of cameras, sensors, and algorithms to track robotic activity during RRM testing. +view
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2008 - The Goddard Satellite Servicing Development Facility was used to realistically simulate the lunar environment in which the NASA/Langley Research Center's Lunar Surface Manipulator System would operate. +view

West Virginia Research and Technology Center Images

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The West Virginia Robotic Technology Center focuses on evaluating emerging technologies. +view | hi-res
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11.29.2010 - Three robotic arms stand at attention (left), holding and servicing tool and vision and touch sensor technology in front of a mockup of a typical satellite (orange). An industrial-strength robot (right, blue) supports the satellite mockup and moves it to simulate motion on orbit. +view | hi-res
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11.29.10 - Two robotic arms with attached vision and touch sensors position themselves to capture a satellite mockup. Image credit: WVU +view | hi-res
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