Space is a lonely place. For the most part, when a spacecraft is launched, it’s on its own, regardless of whether it ever needs assistance or not. It launches, operates, and is decommissioned alone, its lifespan limited by supplies that run out, imperfect human design, and the exceedingly harsh natural space environment. But what if we could find a way to make spacecraft self-sustaining? Able to be refueled, fixed, and upgraded by robots, ensuring their operational lifespans are no longer prematurely over? That is the promise of robots in space carrying out On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM). These three capabilities work together to make the concept of an immortal spacecraft not just science fiction, but one day, science fact. Join our NASA panelists as they walk you through the revolutionary robotic technologies that will help make immortal spacecraft feasible.

Panelists

Jill Mcguire, Billy Gallagher, Brent Robertson

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Friday, August 20
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Room 144AB - Science Fair