Testing the International Space Station's Robotic Refueling Mission


In an important demonstration of new technical methodologies, from January 14-24, 2013, 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. This International Space Station demo may one day substantially impact the many satellites that deliver products people rely upon daily, such as weather reports, cell phones, and television news.