June 25, 2011

Robotic Gas Station Could Be Used to Refuel Spaceships on Orbit

NASA has plans to launch a robotic gas station that will be used to refuel spaceships en route. The agency is expected to launch the robotic gas station together with its last shuttle Atlantis. The take off is expected to take place on July 8.

It is worth mentioning that in case the experiment turns out to be a success, it could change the entire model of satellite design. This is because all satellites carry fuel on board and as soon as the fuel is over satellites have to be refilled in order to continue their mission.

With the launch of the robotic gas station, researchers will be able to considerably increase the operational life of satellites and their services.

The robotic gas station is part of the Robotic Refueling Mission which was designed and developed by specialists at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

Read more: http://technorati.com/technology/article/robotic-gas-station-could-be-used/#ixzz1QI7Oh83a

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