Servicing and Repair - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Space Sciences

This encyclopedia article consists of approximately 2 pages of information about Servicing and Repair.
This section contains 548 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Servicing and Repair Encyclopedia Article

When the space shuttle system became operational in the 1980s, access to space began to take on a whole new outlook. Space was about to become a place to carry out work as well as to explore. A key element in America's newest human-rated space vehicle was the ability to provide access to space on a number of commercial fronts, including in-orbit satellite and spacecraft servicing and repair.

One of the workhorses onboard the shuttle is the robot arm called the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The RMS is capable of placing large items in or removing them from the shuttle's cargo bay. This 15-meter (50-foot) robot arm was used for a number of satellite repair and retrieval missions during the shuttle's first twenty years of operations.

During shuttle mission 41-C in April 1984, the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) was left in orbit, deployed by...

(read more)

This section contains 548 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Servicing and Repair Encyclopedia Article
Copyrights
Macmillan
Servicing and Repair from Macmillan. Copyright © 2001-2006 by Macmillan Reference USA, an imprint of the Gale Group. All rights reserved.