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The Space Systems Laboratory has a twenty-year experience base in dexterous robotic spacecraft servicing, focusing almost exclusively on servicing of the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). All critical technologies currently exist to perform high-priority HST servicing completely telerobotically: servicing hardware developed by the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center for the fifth servicing mission (SM-4); robotic hardware developed by the University of Maryland for NASA's Ranger Telerobotic Shuttle Experiment; and a maneuvering spacecraft bus developed by the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory for NASA as an International Space Station Interim Control Module. Almost all required flight hardware required for the Hubble End-of-life Robotic Augmentation (HERA) mission is already available, bought, and paid for by NASA without a current flight opportunity.

 

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