Fueling up in Space: Dextre to Perform First Fuel Transfer

Note to Editors

Longueuil, Quebec, January 14, 2013 – 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).

Learn more about the mission on the CSA Website and follow Dextre's progress on Twitter.

To view an animation of the operations:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6WjKfKt9z4&feature=share&list=PLCA81277A23FB23E8.

To view CSA's Mathieu Caron, Senior Operations Engineer, explain this phase of RRM:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9lBvP2eG3M&feature=share&list=PLCA81277A23FB23E8.

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