Maxar Integrates Fuel Tank Into NASA’s On-Orbit Servicing Spacecraft

Maxar Technologies has completed installing the fuel tank into the On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing-1 spacecraft.

The company is developing for NASA the OSAM-1 spacecraft, which is based on the 1300-class spacecraft platform and designed to refuel satellites in low-Earth orbit, Maxar said Thursday.

The OSAM-1 team in Palo Alto, Calif., will advance the completion of the spacecraft’s propulsion module and continue bus integration and testing efforts in preparation for the 2021 delivery of the spacecraft to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

Maxar is working on three robotic arms for NASA’s OSAM-1 mission. Two of those robotic arms will support the refueling mission, while the other platform will be used to demonstrate technologies for the in-space assembly of antenna reflectors and other space exploration initiatives as part of the Space Infrastructure Dexterous Robot demonstration.

The company has partnered with the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center to help verify SPIDER’s capabilities through performance studies.

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