Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Robotic Refueling Demo Set to Jumpstart Expanded Capabilities in Space

The six-member Expedition 34 crew conducted an emergency escape drill Monday morning. The evacuation drill in the International Space Station simulates an emergency event such as a fire, pressure leak or toxic chemical release. The 3-hour drill requires the crew to split up and enter the docked Soyuz vehicles they arrived in.

The mission control centers in Houston and Canada worked together to begin a week’s worth of Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) activities. The RRM is an experiment that uses Canadarm2 and Dextre to test techniques to service and refuel satellites to extend their original missions.

Source: NASA

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