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Space Tug - MM -1990
Space Tug - MM -1990 - Robotic Satellite Servicer - Martin Marietta, 1990. NASA tried to integrate the OMV and Flight Telerobotic Servicer into a "Robotic Satellite Servicer." TRW and Martin Marietta were awarded $1.3-million phase B contracts in June 1990. The illustration depicts Martin's proposal.

Credit: NASA via Marcus Lindroos. 44,158 bytes. 389 x 449 pixels.



Nation: USA. Agency: NASA.

The Orbital Manoeuvring Vehicle also encountered many problems in 1989-90 as the estimated total cost ballooned to $1 billion dollars -- an increase of $600 million. NASA then tried to integrate the OMV and Flight Telerobotic Servicer into a 'Robotic Satellite Servicer.' TRW and Martin Marietta were awarded $1.3-million phase B contracts in June 1990. However, neither project survived the Space Station redesign in late 1990; the cost was too high. The FTS was no longer necessary after the Space Station in-orbit assembly procedures were greatly simplified in 1990-91 while the OMV became less important after the Station's free-flying space platforms were cancelled.

Article by Marcus Lindroos



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TRW RSS 1990TRW RSS 1990 - Robotic Satellite Servicer - TRW. TRW's Robotic Satellite Servicer (bottom) from 1990 would have consisted of an Orbital Maneuvering Vehicle and a Flight Telerobotic Servicer. The OMV would have delivered the FTS to other spacecraft for refueling or repair.

Credit: NASA via Marcus Lindroos. 42,943 bytes. 497 x 480 pixels.



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