Robotic Refueling Mission - Animations and Videos

Dextre, Gas attendant: The Robotic Refueling Mission

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Fill'er up! The CSA's Mathieu Caron explains the next phase of RRM in which Dextre will simulate refueling a mock satellite with liquid ethanol. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Dextre tops off the tank: The Robotic Refueling Mission (January 2013)

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This animation gives an overview of the next operations for the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), scheduled to take place from January 14-24, 2013. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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March 9, 2012: Dextre cleans up after a job well done!

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On the third day of RRM operations, Dextre stowed the Multifunction tool and Wire-Cutting tool inside the RRM module for future operations. (Credit: NASA/Canadian Space Agency)

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March 8, 2012: Dextre Releases the Launch Locks

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Day 2 of the initial phase of the joint NASA-CSA Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) ended with a historic moment for Dextre, the Canadian-built robotic handyman on board the International Space Station (ISS). Dextre spent the better part of the day successfully releasing 7 launch locks that fastened 4 tool adapters (built by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center) inside the RRM module during their flight to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA/Canadian Space Agency)

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March 8, 2012: Dextre makes the cut: Wire Cutting task is a resounding success!

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After completing operations with the Multifunction Tool, Canadarm2 repositioned Dextre to cut the first of two wires, each about as thick as four sheets of paper. With surgical precision, and only about a millimetre of clearance, Dextre captured the wire in the Wire-Cutting Tool (1:14-1:32). The Canadian-built robotic handyman then cut the thin wire (1:44-2:03) that fastened a mock gas cap to the RRM module (much like the tether that secures the gas cap on a car. (Credit: NASA/Canadian Space Agency)

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Dextre's Robotic Refueling Mission: Day 2

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The second day of Dextre's most demanding mission wrapped up successfully on March 8 as the robotic handyman completed his three assigned tasks. Dextre successfully retrieved, inspected and stowed three of the four specialized tools built specifically for the Robotic Refueling Mission by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. After thorough checkouts, Dextre confirmed that the Safety Cap Tool, the Wire Cutter and Blanket Manipulation Tool and the Multifunction Tool passed mechanical and electrical functional checkouts and are ready for future operations. (Credit: NASA/Canadian Space Agency)

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Dextre's Most Dexterous Task: Part 2 of the Robotic Refueling Mission on the ISS

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This animation gives an overview of the next operations for the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM), scheduled for June 19-21, 2012. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Santa's Little Detour

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Ever wonder how Santa makes it around the globe in a single night? This NASA animation finally reveals the secret magic that fuels Santa's sleigh!

In the spring of 2012, NASA and the Canadian Space Agency will conduct tests on board the International Space Station to show how Dextre, the Canadian-built robotic handyman in the video, could refuel and refurbish satellites in space. In the meantime, Dextre would like to thank his friends at NASA for this wonderful animation and wishes everyone back home on Earth peace and joy for the holiday season! (Credit: NASA)

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Canadarm2 installs the RRM hardware

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The crew of Mission STS-135 uses Canadarm2 to install the hardware for Dextre's Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM). (Credit: NASA/Canadian Space Agency)

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