NASA Awards Systems Engineering Contract For In-Space Servicing

GREENBELT, Md. -- NASA has awarded a sole source contract to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (LMSSC) of Greenbelt, Md., for Systems Engineering for In-Space Servicing (SEISS). This cost-plus-fixed-fee, 18-month contract has a value of $31.2 million.

LMSSC will provide systems and discipline engineering support to develop and execute two demonstrations to test and verify new robotic servicing capabilities using the Dextre robot aboard the International Space Station. The Canadian Space Agency's Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or Dextre, is a two-armed robotic system designed to perform intricate maintenance and servicing tasks, which previously would have required spacewalks.

The first demonstration will use a customized payload task box, Dextre
and specialized tools to robotically demonstrate refueling and repair
tasks in orbit. Tasks will include locating, accessing and uncapping
valves and transferring simulated liquid fuel. During the second
demonstration, Dextre will test and evaluate a variety of tools,
sensors and instruments to support autonomous rendezvous and capture
capabilities for orbiting spacecraft systems.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is developing
both demonstration payloads. These demonstrations are intended to
increase NASA's technical capability to conduct robotic in-space
servicing. The contract encompasses requirements definition and
verification, hardware design, support of flight and ground
hardware/software development, and mission planning support.

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Source: NASA

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