RE: World's First Space Gas Station for Satellites to Launch in 2015

From: Erkenswick, Tom M. (JSC-DM351) (tom.m.erkenswick@nasa.gov)
Date: Thu Mar 17 2011 - 01:03:40 UTC

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    Phillip, don't hold this as a bias against the U.S. as a whole.  Blame the space.com reporter for not doing her research.  Or blame her for focusing only on MDA...this article is essentially an advertisement for this new MDA project, and MDA was involved in Orbital Express, so it's a way for MDA to show that "they've done it before."
    
    I also think you are under-selling the Orbital Express in general.  It wasn't simply a redocking...wasn't it the first-ever autonomous capture of one satellite by another satellite using a robotic arm?
    
    As far as the propellant transfer, I've seen it advertised that Orbital Express performed the first "autonomous transfer of fuel to a satellite" (http://sm.mdacorporation.com/what_we_do/oe_9.html), but I don't know how they define "autonomous" in this context, or how their method differed from the Russian method.
    
    Tom
    
    * my opinions are my own, and do not represent those of NASA, etc... *
    
    
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    From: seesat-l-bounces+tom.m.erkenswick=nasa.gov@satobs.org [seesat-l-bounces+tom.m.erkenswick=nasa.gov@satobs.org] On Behalf Of Phillip Clark [phillipclark@btinternet.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:29 AM
    To: seesat-l@satobs.org
    Subject: Re: World's First Space Gas Station for Satellites to Launch in 2015
    
    Looking at the text in the article one would think that the first orbital
    refuelling was by the United States in 2007: two satellites were launched
    together, separated and then redocked.   Not very impressive.
    
    The first orbital refuelling, of course, was when Progress 1 transferred
    propellant to the (separately-launched) Salyut 6 orbital station in early
    1978.   Presumably for US advertising Soviet/Russian "firsts" don't count.
    
    Phillip Clark
    
    
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