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 What's New at SSPD? : 2014

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RRM-Phase 2 Hardware Delivered to Space Station
Robotic Refueling Mission - Phase 2 Hardware Delivered to Space Station

08.12.2014 — Who doesn't love an upgrade? Newer, better and oh so shiny is great, but what's really fantastic is when a change unlocks new possibilities. That's the case with NASA's fix-it investigation on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). The award-winning endeavor moved one step closer to its 2.0 update with the delivery of new RRM hardware aboard the European Automated Transfer Vehicle 5, which docked with the space station today.

RRM Phase 2
New Robotic Refueling Mission Hardware Launching to Space Station

07.28.2014 — NASA's fix-it experiment on the International Space Station, the Robotic Refueling Mission, is moving one step closer to its own 2.0 update. The European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle-5, currently set to launch on July 29, 2014 at 7:47 Eastern, will deliver a new space tool and task board for RRM's second phase of operations.

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SSPD Presents at ISS Research and Development Conference

06.18.2014 — Mr. Eugene Skelton is presenting SSPD's Raven demonstration at the 3rd Annual ISS Research and Development Conference on June 18, 2014. After it launches to the International Space Station in 2016, Raven will demonstrate a real-time relative navigation system that would enable future spacecraft to autonomously rendezvous with both prepared vehicles and those not designed for servicing.

SSPD Raven ISS demo
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 Projects Division is preparing for a new round of related demonstrations on the International Space Station.

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. NASA is incorporating results from this test and the RRM 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.

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Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" with Ben Reed on RROxiTT

02.18.2014 - “Hi, I'm Ben Reed from NASA's RROxiTT and we're controlling robots ~800 miles away to show it's possible to refuel satellites in space. AMA! "

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.

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