Armed with Science - Space Robots


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March 10, 2014, Duration: 8:06, The pilot episode of "Armed with Science" features NRL efforts to develop robotic technology that can help repair, reposition, or update satellites. Satellites play a critical role in the Navy's global presence by enabling communications, weather prediction, and navigation and precise timing, among other capabilities. In the episode, space roboticist Dr. Glen Henshaw demonstrates how scientists simulate the frictionless environment of space by floating a satellite model on NRL's one-of-a-kind 75,000-pound gravity offset table, which he compares to an "upside-down air hockey table."


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