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Space Construction Tools

NASA Commissioned Maxar to Create a New Robotic Arm for In-Orbit Tasks

— February 3, 2020 — Tech
NASA gave Maxar a contract worth $142 million, in order to develop a new robotic arm that would be capable of refueling a spacecraft and assembling parts while in-orbit. The new robotic arm is part of NASA's Restore-L mission, which will showcase automated tasks being completed while in-orbit. Tasks could be as simple as refueling or as complex as repairing a satellite or creating entirely new parts.

The first task in the Restore-L mission will be to refuel a satellite while in orbit. Jim Reuter, from NASA, spoke about the new project, “We are continuing America’s global leadership in space technology by proving we can assemble spacecraft with larger and more powerful components, after launch.”


Image Credit: NASA/ Maxar
Trend Themes
1. In-orbit Robotics - The development of robotic arms that can perform complex tasks in orbit, such as repairing or refueling spacecrafts.
2. Automated Space Technology - The use of automated technology to complete tasks in space, reducing the need for manned missions.
3. Satellite Refueling - The development of technology that allows for refueling of satellites while in orbit, extending their lifespan.
Industry Implications
1. Space Technology - The development of new technologies for use in space exploration and exploitation.
2. Robotics - The application of robotics in space exploration and the development of new robotics technologies.
3. Satellite Manufacturing - The production of new satellites designed for in-orbit maintenance and refueling.
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