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US will launch satellites mechanics into orbit

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In the coming years, new-generation satellites may appear in Earth orbit. According to the magazine Popular Mechanics, the United States Department of Defense’s Advanced Defense Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have joined forces to create “service stations in orbit”.


US will launch satellites mechanics into orbit


In DARPA indicate that today space satellites, the cost of which can reach several billion dollars, after going into orbit are left without any service. If the satellite did not open the solar panel or run out of fuel for maneuvering, such a device is considered lost.

The US military believes that the launch of robotic mechanics will allow for some types of repair in orbit. In addition, "orbital service stations" will be able to refuel satellites that have exhausted the planned service life and fuel supply, but remain operational.

NASA believes that they will be able to refuel the Landsat 2021 satellite launched into orbit in the 7 year already in 1999. The Washington Post newspaper reports that the “orbital service stations” will allow the American army not only to repair its satellites, but also to protect them from “outside interference” and, if necessary, to damage enemy space objects. At the same time, the US Department of Defense immediately stated that it did not plan to use orbital mechanics robots in an offensive role, reports "Warspot"
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  1. flicker
    flicker 29 December 2017 15: 11 New
    +5
    What can I say, well done, well done - masterfully own cutting technologies. Moreover, it is necessary to hurry, otherwise the yuan will soon squeeze the dollar, and then it will be more difficult to beg for money for a cut. Good luck to our American partners. lol
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 29 December 2017 17: 01 New
      +2
      “And then the yuan will squeeze out the dollar soon” - Vryatli it will be soon, the most attractive currency of the usual at the moment, the Mozambican metal this year is 21% growth.
      1. flicker
        flicker 29 December 2017 19: 55 New
        +4
        ... attractive currency ... Mozambique metal ...
        Well yeah funny laughing
        and yes, the yuan will squeeze the dollar yes
  2. svp67
    svp67 29 December 2017 15: 15 New
    +3
    “Orbital service stations”
    The idea is GOOD. Let's see what the incarnation will be. Yes, and we should use a closer look at her.
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 29 December 2017 18: 18 New
      +5
      Sergey, why should we look closely? Or they forgot how the staff was outraged by the behavior of our companion, who was attached to their roofing felts in the front, roofing felts ...
      1. svp67
        svp67 29 December 2017 18: 24 New
        +3
        Quote: sabakina
        Or they forgot how the staff were outraged by the behavior of our companion, who was attached to their roofing felts in the front, roofing felts in the back ...

        No, I didn’t forget. But "ours" then examined it, from different angles, and then more quickly prepared to "break" than to "fix"
        1. sabakina
          sabakina 29 December 2017 18: 33 New
          +4

          The fact is that in them, one is building, the second is being taken apart. And with us, Russians, as always, everything is not human, 2 in 1, the stove-maker will first break the old furnace, and then build a new one, even better. Only we have the proverb "and the reaper, and the reader, and the dude are in the pipe."
          1. svp67
            svp67 29 December 2017 18: 37 New
            +2
            Quote: sabakina
            And with us, Russians, as always, it’s not human, 2 in 1, the stove-maker will first break the old furnace, and then build a new one, even better

            I would like to see it ....
            1. sabakina
              sabakina 29 December 2017 18: 39 New
              +2
              I saw in childhood. In the old apartment from the "Dutch" remade a la "Russian". True, they did not crush everything.
              1. svp67
                svp67 29 December 2017 18: 44 New
                0
                Old "golandki" is a miracle of the furnace, I hope that the master was excellent and the "Russian" was excellent.
  3. Herculesic
    Herculesic 29 December 2017 15: 35 New
    +1
    Please formulate the correct thought! Not satellites are mechanics, but satellites are repairers, for damage can also be electronic! So I see the device in a special clothing from NASA, in Russian swearing wassat emergency gear locking or splinting on a heavy satellite! wassat
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 29 December 2017 18: 23 New
      +3
      Vitalievich, as a technical person, I’ll say. What can such a satellite do in space? Refuel, help open the solar battery with a mechanical hand, restart the software. In my opinion .... everything.
  4. Simon
    Simon 29 December 2017 15: 42 New
    0
    Quote: svp67
    “Orbital service stations”
    The idea is GOOD. Let's see what the incarnation will be. Yes, and we should use a closer look at her.

    Ah what! Maybe ours already have something similar projected. what
  5. Sands Careers General
    Sands Careers General 29 December 2017 17: 23 New
    +4
    The next budget is being cut ... As practice shows, the human factor has an absolute advantage over robots and remotely controlled mechanisms for repair and maintenance, especially in space.
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 29 December 2017 17: 25 New
    +2
    The idea itself is certainly wonderful, but hard to believe. It is clear that over time, it may be a promising idea to have a gas station for such devices, but can it be repaired? For repairs, it will be necessary to unify the entire industry for the development of satellites under uniform technical standards, standardize all units, solar panels and reactors, fuel, fueling modules and software, and achieve 100% interchangeability of elements.
    I think it's fantastic so far
    1. poquello
      poquello 29 December 2017 20: 47 New
      +1
      Quote: APASUS
      The idea itself is certainly wonderful, but hard to believe. It is clear that over time, it may be a promising idea to have a gas station for such devices, but can it be repaired? For repairs, it will be necessary to unify the entire industry for the development of satellites under uniform technical standards, standardize all units, solar panels and reactors, fuel, fueling modules and software, and achieve 100% interchangeability of elements.
      I think it's fantastic so far

      Well, the United States can’t just like the Chinese just release a capture satellite - give them a wrapper
  7. Cetron
    Cetron 29 December 2017 18: 27 New
    +1
    As in "Star Wars" R2D2., Any device can fix it (Fiction !!!)
  8. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 29 December 2017 19: 55 New
    +1
    It is high time. It is strange that such useful things did not appear before.
    1. region58
      region58 30 December 2017 15: 42 New
      0
      Quote: voyaka uh
      did not appear before.

      Nothing strange. Previously, there was emphasis on man in space. Now more and more do without it, automation allows, and life support systems are expensive and heavy thing ...
  9. poquello
    poquello 29 December 2017 20: 44 New
    +1
    )))))))))))))))))
    does not plan to use orbital robotic mechanics in an offensive role

    I certainly believe you
  10. Romin
    Romin 30 December 2017 00: 42 New
    +3
    Which cut?
    It seems smart people!
    About drones, too, write about the cut from the 90s, but we still can’t repeat the Predator by TTX, not to mention the satellite control system and transmitted the data.
    Is it not clear that the Americans launched a "quiet" militarization of space!
    X-47 which flies for years, and many here again howl about cutting someone’s budget. What matters to you is how much and how taxpayers spend money in the states or Europe. I'm more interested in where taxpayer money is spent with us and why our country continues to lag behind in such a shameless way!
    Until now, there are no anti-satellite missiles of constant readiness on duty, both on the ground and in the air! We are still hiding behind the "last argument of the kings" -NW!
    It's time to be on the cutting edge of science and implement breakthrough projects in the part of the militarization of space!
    And then we’ll catch up! —With unmanned reconnaissance and strike drones, if not for purchases from Israel, there would still be luck - that this is not necessary and nothing will replace the fighter with eyes!
    I feel the same with space!
    In truth, Russia is saying about you:
    Until Thunder strikes, a man does not cross himself!
    If we analyze our centuries-old history, then only the period from 17-91 of the twentieth century was a breakthrough for us, as if someone did not belong to this period, but we still live on this groundwork!
    1. dSK
      dSK 30 December 2017 01: 27 New
      +1
      Hello Romin!
      Quote: Romin
      man don't cross
      until the "fried rooster" arrives. The satellites launched from our cosmodromes began to fail more often, either because of imported microchips, or partner robot mechanics “helped”.
      1. BVS
        BVS 30 December 2017 06: 42 New
        +1
        Most likely not so. Indeed, most of the “failed” satellites of Russia were damaged in the process of entering orbit. And of course, without the help of "partner mechanics robots." The reason on earth is the crooked hands of those who collected them.
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    1. region58
      region58 30 December 2017 15: 36 New
      0
      Quote: chidoryan
      Russian man ... ... the culture of cuts, kickbacks and other abominations has already eaten ...

      All the same, it’s not worth generalizing ... There are of course such ones:
      Quote: chidoryan
      stupid idiots always write about cuts
      , but basically, I think, after reading such news it’s hard to sigh ... and they don’t write comments, because there’s nothing special to write ... Only you mumble to yourself ... And you will envy ...
  12. Metlik
    Metlik 30 December 2017 13: 47 New
    +1
    Here is a real niche for the space industry that can bring huge profits. It is only much better to tow a satellite to a space orbital station and repair it there. Such orbital tugs could at the same time remove space debris.
  13. Slam
    Slam 31 December 2017 17: 41 New
    0
    Quote: flicker
    the yuan will soon squeeze the dollar,

    Tipun to your tongue. In your opinion, all 96 Russian billionaires will turn into homeless people? Tipun to your tongue again.
  14. Alexander Abdrakhmanov
    Alexander Abdrakhmanov 1 January 2018 14: 24 New
    0
    Why come up with new robots, rack their brains. The USA has a lot of slaves in Europe, especially in the Baltic states. On the neck of the Pole a bag with keys and throw it into space every day. A locksmith wakes up one-time, God forbid, he will lose the keys, the United States will calculate from them, and even with interest. The Pole may not return, they will find a replacement.