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 'Mechanic' satellite repairs others

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Date posted: 02/04/2007

Technology breaks down. Pieces move out of alignment, parts collide, or moving parts seize up. We have not reached the point where things can run forever without repair, and we are unlikely to.

However, that does not preclude technological devices from repairing one another, as the ASTRO (Autonomous Space Transport Robotic Operations) satellite is now doing.

Launched March 8th, as an experiment by the American Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA; a 'mechanic' satellite designed to dock with and test repairs on another satellite in space.

The plan is eventually, to use ASTRO and others like it, to allow satellites to be upgraded or repaired robotically without the necessity of sending up astronauts.

See the full Story via external site: space.newscientist.com

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