Robotic Refueling Mission Demo

Published on Jan 10, 2013

Robots present certain advantages when working in the harsh environment of space. They’re not susceptible to hunger, to sleepiness, or catastrophic injury for starters. They’re also capable of highly precise, yet highly tedious tasks– tasks that might otherwise consume huge resources and attention from already busy astronauts and ground controllers. In an important demonstration of new technical methodologies, NASA engineers will try to simulate the transfer of fuel from one vehicle to another, in space, with nothing but robots doing the physical work. Called the Robotic Refueling Mission, it’s a major step on the road to developing a robust suite of essential robotic capabilities in space.

Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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