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NASA develops technology for self-propelled space

The test module Raven allow yourself running repairs and fuellings satellites in orbit.

In many of the large technology companies are self-driving cars one of the hottest development areas, but at NASA have taken it a step further with the test module Raven. A machine itself should be able to meet up and perform work on satellites traveling around the earth at a velocity of 25,749 kilometers per hour.

“The meeting between the two self-propelled spacecraft is critical for many future NASA missions and Raven to do this technique, which we have never seen before, mature,” said Ben Reed, division manager at NASA, in a statement.

View from ISS

The module itself is no larger than a microwave oven and should be placed on the outside of the ISS. There will then, via sensors and algorithms, to explore methods of meetings between space vehicles without any interference from humans.

The largest Raven Our hope is that the module to facilitate repairs and refueling of spacecraft, which is now done with the help of satellites – even though 99 percent of all satellites are not designed for the purpose.

But why should this technique be self-driving? Well besides the fact that it is cheaper with robots than with staff, it is in NASA also the solution to the time delay that occurs when the remote control craft into space from Earth.

The hope is also that the technology will increase the life of many satellites around the earth, resulting in less space junk.

If all goes as expected, go Raven prototype next-SpaceX launch that will take place on Saturday, well in space, the module will then be unpacked by the ISS robotic arm Dextre will even attach it to the station.

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