From the Wires
Fueling Up in Space: Dextre to Perform First Fuel Transfer
By: Marketwired .
Jan. 14, 2013 03:31 PM
LONGUEUIL, QUEBEC -- (Marketwire) -- 01/14/13 -- Over the next two weeks, Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic handyman aboard the International Space Station, will attempt to perform the first demonstration of how a robot can refuel a satellite in orbit, as part of the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM).
A collaboration between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), RRM was designed to demonstrate how robots can be used to refuel and service existing satellites in space-especially those not designed for repair. During five days of robotic operations that will take place between January 14-23, Dextre will simulate the refueling of a satellite by transferring liquid ethanol into the NASA-provided RRM module. The actual refueling test will take place on day five (currently scheduled for January 23).
To view an animation of the operations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6WjKfKt9z4&feature=share&list=PLCA81277A23FB23E8
To view CSA's Mathieu Caron, Senior Operations Engineer, explain this phase of RRM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9lBvP2eG3M&feature=share&list=PLCA81277A23FB23E8
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