NASA, in order to enhance its efficiency in space exploration missions, is working on a new robot repairman who will be employed for repairing, grasping and refilling the associate robots. NASA, while sending its multi-million dollar unmanned robots to space often faced malfunctions and glitches in its technical and software programs. Because of such small issues, such expensive missions often go flat. During the launch mission, if something goes wide of the mark because of any malfunctions, or a space probe runs out of fuel, NASA has to throw out the system completely.
Due to the lack of the cost-effective methods to make the costly equipments reusable, NASA often has to go through many unexpected failures and expenses. Now to deal with such situations, the US-based agency is gearing up for developing a robot repairman called ‘Restore-L’ which will be engaged in grasping, fixing, and refuelling the onboard and yet-to-dispatch robots.
Restore-L is a $127 million project of NASA which will enable the space agency to sort out the expensive glitches in space missions. The robot will work for fixing the issues of its associated robots and then re-launch them into space.
While keeping his view on this matter, Frank Carolina, the leader of five manned servicing operations to the Hubble Space Telescope said, Restore-L has successfully smashed the concept of one-and-done spaceships. It has brought up new routes to mechanically manage, redesign and expanding the life expectancies of our exorbitant circling national resources. Restore-L opens up extended alternatives for stronger, productive and financially savvy operations in space. NASA is now looking forward to a savvier and cost-effective space missions by developing Restore-L.
The mission of developing Restore-L robot repairman is targeted for 2020. NASA has given the charge of designing and developing the ground-breaking space handyman to a privately-owned company called Space Systems Loral, located at Palo Alto, California. NASA is expecting to get this module by the early of 2020. Now, the agency is gearing up to represent the first mission of this space handyman by refuelling the Landsat-7, the satellite that clicks snaps for the U.S. Geological Survey.
With the development of Restore-L, the hope for the fixing of broken satellites and trashed space probes is taking off among other space agencies across the world. Restore-L is likely to pave the path for the refilling, mending and re-functioning damaged or malfunctioned space probes both for NASA and other agencies.