What's New at SSPD? : 2015
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Robotics and Servicing Featured at Goddard's Nov 15 Sunday Experiment11.15.2015
— On Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Satellite Servicing Projects Division hosted a "Sunday Experiment" event at the Goddard Space Flight Center Visitor Center. This free event for elementary aged and other family members featured interactive hands-on robotics and computer-simulated robotics activities. Learn more.
Goddard Visit by South Korean President10.21.2015
— As part of her visit to the United States, President Park Geun-hye of South Korea visited NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. On Oct. 14, 2015. The visit offered an opportunity to celebrate past collaborative efforts between the American and South Korean space programs along with presentations on current projects and programs underway at Goddard. During the event, President Park received an overview of the Satellite Servicing Projects Division. See images from this visit
Robotic Refueling Mission Operations Resume10.01.15
— It's back! Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) operations on the International Space Station are scheduled to resume on October 2, 2015. Controlled remotely from the ground, RRM demonstrates robotic tools, technologies and techniques to refuel, repair and upgrade satellites. Learn about RRM Phase 2
SSPD Participates in NASA Goddard's Open House09.25.15
- NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division will be offering interactive activities and a tour of their Robotic Servicing Facility during the "Explore@NASA Goddard" open house, taking place September 26, 2015 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Learn more about the event and plan your visit.
NASA Robotic Servicing Demonstrations Continue Onboard the Space Station07.20.15
- NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), a groundbreaking demonstration of new satellite-servicing technologies and techniques, recently resumed operations on the space station after a two-year hiatus. Within five days, the RRM team had outfitted the RRM module with fresh hardware for a series of technology demonstrations and tested a new, multi-capability inspection tool. [Go to feature]
College Students Help Create the Robots of the Future 07.09.15
- Can you teach an old robot new tricks? A handful of college students are using assembly line robots to help NASA prove it's possible. [Go to Feature]
Tanjira Ahmed Larmie — Feeling the Love at Tanzania's Best Hope Learning Centre 07.09.15
- "The notion I try to follow in life is to get comfortable with being uncomfortable," said Tanjira Ahmed Larmie, a senior resource analyst with the Satellite Servicing Projects Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "Volunteering has always been a big part of my life," said Larmie. "It gives me a reason to exist." Through Cross-Cultural Solutions, a non-profit organization, last November, during the height of the Ebola epidemic, Larmie spent two weeks teaching children math, English, reading and art at the Best Hope Learning Centre in Moshi Village, Tanzania. [Go to Feature]
Look inside the Cauldron in 'This Week @NASA' 06.26.2015
- SSPD's new Cauldron
facility makes an appearance in the June 19, 2015 edition of 'This Week @NASA'
at the 1:36 mark. NASA's Asteroid Grand Challenge and the SSPD robotic systems being developed for future asteroid exploration missions were the focus of a June 16 event at Goddard Space Flight Center. Agency officials discussed progress on the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission (ARRM) and SSPD's work on robotic systems for the ARRM and other NASA missions using space robotics.
NASA Hosts Media for Update on Asteroid Grand Challenge, Robotics Tour 06.16.2015
- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center welcomed members of the press to learn about the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge and the robotic systems that will be used on asteroid exploration missions. The event included a tour of the Cauldron
, a new SSPD facility dedicated to developing and testing robotic technologies for exploration and science missions. Within this black-walled room, participants were able to see and hear about NASA's new Robotic Servicing Arm
, a 2016 technology demonstration on the International Space Station of an autonomous, real-time relative navigation system.
NASA Hosts Media for Update on Asteroid Grand Challenge, Robotics Tour 06.12.2015
- Media and social media are invited to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland Tuesday, June 16 for an update on the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge and the robotic systems that will be used on asteroid exploration missions. In addition to an update on the agency's Asteroid Grand Challenge, participants will hear from Benjamin Reed, deputy project manager of Goddard's Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD), and tour the facilities' newest lab, dubbed The Cauldron. The SSPD is developing robotic systems for the agency's Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission (ARRM) and other NASA missions using space robotics. Learn more
Robotic Refueling Mission to Resume Operations 04.29.2015
- The moment we've been waiting for is here: Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) operations are scheduled to resume on the International Space Station on April 30, 2015. Controlled remotely from the ground, RRM demonstrates robotic tools, technologies and techniques to refuel, repair and upgrade satellites. Learn about RRM Phase 2
. Follow its progress on orbit at The RRM Update
National Robotic Week 2015
- In celebration of the completion of National Robotics Week, SSPD is giving you an inside peek into our robots. There is also a profile on two SSPD roboticists who drive the robots.
Even fix-it experiments in space sometimes need a little help from their astronaut friends.
- Working within the International Space Station's Japanese Experiment Module Airlock in the early hours of March 26, 2015, Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti (visible in image), supported by Commander Terry Virts, successfully took the next steps to prepare NASA's Robotic Refueling Mission, or RRM, for resumed operations. Piece by piece, Cristoforetti carefully installed three new pieces of RRM hardware — two task boards and an inspection tool — onto a specially designed NASA housing device that she had affixed to the airlock slide table. When RRM operations are ready to begin, this table will transition the RRM hardware to the exterior of the International Space Station for their robotic retrieval and installation onto their permanent home: the RRM module. Controlled remotely from the ground, NASA's RRM has been demonstrating robotic tools, technologies and techniques to refuel, repair and upgrade satellites since its debut in 2011. [Learn more]
- Frank Cepollina, veteran leader of the five servicing missions to the Hubble Space Telescope
, gave a talk entitled "Fixing Hubble: Dare to Dream the Impossible, and the Incredible Will Happen," on February 26, 2015, at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in Washington, DC. With an insider's lens, Cepollina shared the stories, challenges, and significance of the Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions and examined the resounding impact they have had on the public and their perception of science. Several members of the Hubble servicing "family" from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center were in attendance. Cepollina's presentation kicked off the NASM Exploring Space lecture series for 2015. Image credit: NASA. #Hubble25
> Archived recording of Cepollina's talk
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"Gadgets and Gears Day"
- Robots, dinosaurs, and kids
— what could be better? In the shadow of an ominous Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, volunteers from NASA's Satellite Servicing Projects Division hosted an interactive booth for "Gadgets and Gears Day" on February 28, 2015 at the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore, Md. During the four-hour event, hundreds of kids tried their hand at controlling a robot as they learned about the basics of robotics and engineering. Image credit: NASA. > View Image