DARPA Seeks Robot Dr. Robot for Space. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com.

Mar 30, 2016, 05:29 AM

03-29-2016 (Photo: “DARPA says that it envisions the RSV in orbit within five years. If successful, the DARPA-developed toolkit module will be attached to a commercial space vehicle to create a commercially owned and operated RSV, which could lower the cost of operating geosynchronous satellites.”) http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-space-repair-robot/42499/

http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/contact http://JohnBatchelorShow.com/schedules http://johnbatchelorshow.com/blog Twitter: @BatchelorShow DARPA Seeks Robot Dr. Robot for Space. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com. DARPA has started a new project to develop a robot satellite designed to refuel and repair satellites. I wonder if this is linked to the satellite refueling demo that has been doing simulations of exactly this kind of repair work on ISS for the past five years. http://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/darpa-to-build-satellite-repair-robot/ “…There are over 400 geosynchronous satellites orbiting 22,000 mi (36,000 km) above the Earth. They are a vital part of global communications and represent billions of dollars in investments, but once they break down or run out of fuel, they're so much tin foil. DARPA has released a video outlining the agency's vision of a mobile robotic servicing system designed to rendezvous with and repair ailing telecommunications satellites. “Part of DARPA's Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) project, the concept video shows what such a system might look like and how it would operate. At its center is a robotic servicing vehicle (RSV), which sits in standby in geosynchronous orbit until it's needed, such as when a satellite fails to deploy its solar panels or ends up in the wrong orbit. The RSV looks pretty much like a satellite with robotic arms and sockets for interchangeable manipulators, which are attached to it like a tool belt. When ordered, it can match orbits with the faulty satellite and fly around it as it collects images and 3D data, which it downloads to Earth for assessment…” http://www.gizmag.com/darpa-space-repair-robot/42499/