New Delhi: NASA has finally given its seal of approval to the robotic spacecraft which can refuel and do the maintenance work on the live satellites by 2020.
Being first of its kind in low- orbit Earth, Restore-L mission will dramatically change the way government and private space cooperation builds, maintains and operates satellite.
The most striking feature of this robotic spacecraft is that it will increase the longevity the satellites already in orbit and prevent their untimely death.
According to NASA reports, Beyond refueling, the Restore-L mission also carries another, weighty objective: to test other crosscutting technologies that have applications for several critical upcoming NASA missions. This technology includes an autonomous relative navigation system with supporting avionics, and dexterous robotic arms and software.
The current candidate client for the Restore-L is Landsat 7, a United State geological survey satellite.