NASA will have the world's first refueling satellite

For the first time, American researchers came close to solving the problem of refueling satellites in orbit without human intervention. So, NASA approved the project of the first such vehicle-tanker OSAM-1. Soon, Maxar will begin work on its assembly, while the launch of the space robot is scheduled for 2022.

OSAM-1 will maintain and extend the life of the satellites in orbit. The first target of the tanker will be a flight to the Landsat 7 satellite, launched into space back in 1999 and running out of almost all the fuel. Landsat 7 hovers over the Earth at an altitude of 700 km, in a geocentric orbit. OSAM-1 will have to come close to the satellite and, docking with it, refuel the device.

Since Landsat 7 does not provide additional refueling while in orbit, the specialists decided to carry out this work in several stages: removing the thermal insulation materials from the refueling apparatus, connecting the refueling device, pumping fuel and returning the thermal insulation coating to its original place.

Another point of the OSAM-1 mission will be the installation of an antenna for transmitting signals in the Ka-band - such signals are widely used in satellite radio communications and radar. The device will also have to install a light beam with a height of 10 meters. The success of the operation will demonstrate the possibility of carrying out installation and other work in orbit without direct human participation, which opens up broad prospects for the further development of space equipment.
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  1. Vladest Offline Vladest
    Vladest (Vladimir) 17 May 2021 19: 16
    "refueling satellite" So it seems that for SpaceX NACA something was allocated there to try to refuel the ship in space. Work is still underway on a nuclear-powered tug. Now in the world there is an explosive growth in space technology research.
  2. Alexander Ivanov (Alexander Ivanov) 17 May 2021 19: 46
    Where does the first in the world come from? "Progress" has been carrying fuel into orbit for 45 years.
    1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 18 May 2021 09: 48
      How long has Progress become a satellite?
      1. Alexander Ivanov (Alexander Ivanov) 9 June 2021 09: 02
        Whoever got into Earth's orbit is a satellite. Did not know?
    2. aries2200 Offline aries2200
      aries2200 (aries) 18 May 2021 13: 46
      it is a tanker, not an object in orbit for many years
  3. aries2200 Offline aries2200
    aries2200 (aries) 18 May 2021 13: 46
    in 1968, a satellite of the Cosmos series fell into Canada in detail that did not burn out in the atmosphere, it became clear to the gentlemen from NASA that these were the remains of an atomic boiler ... the satellite autonomously recharged space "products" with electricity, autonomously charged ... so the experience is available in ROSKOSMOS a long time ago .............................