RRM Program at NASA: repair space robots
One of the problems of space junk is that, on occasion, may jeopardize either ongoing missions of the International Space Station or, for example, damaging a satellite. Given the drastic cuts that have been organizations such as NASA, organize a mission to repair a satellite is not a simple task and is quite expensive. With the idea of acting quickly (or shorter deployment), DARPA announced Project Phoenix with the idea of placing satellites robot to capture satellite components and unused (space junk), recycled parts and repair malfunctioning satellites; an interesting initiative going in the path of a project launched by NASA last spring, the Robotic Refueling Mission , which appears to have a much broader goal: build satellite repair stations operated by robots .
In March, NASA announced the start of the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) with the idea of evaluating the use of robots to repair satellites without having to organize a specific mission for this purpose, a program that is becoming Alternatively important enough rapid deployment and long term, cost efficient. There are many activities that depend on satellites, both from a civil standpoint (television, meteorology, GPS positioning, etc.) and from the military point of view and, of course, for the latter case it is important to respond quickly.
This initial program, which had a term of two years, aims to put in geostationary orbit satellites as containing robots being tested within the RRM program with the idea that they can act in case of failure, something and a kind of crane or car workshop that “call” and send to the place of the “sinister” (from Earth controlling everything that happens) and, specifically, that the model you want to get NASA if tests scheduled this fall (which will use the robot to make a mock RRM repair) are satisfactory.
The initiative, in the path of the Phoenix Project of DARPA, is quite interesting and is a good example of how robotics can help accelerate certain jobs and space missions while budget allocations are used much more efficiently (since in the long run, the number of missions to repair satellites or launching new to replace other damaged or obsolete drastically curtail).Tags: NASA, robotics, RRM, satellites