This NASA photo relealsed on July 18, 2011 shows astronaut Mike Fossum as he carries a Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) payload from Atlantis' cargo bay to a platform used by the space station's famous robot DEXTRE. Pictured above on the far left, DEXTRE prepares to help move a failed space pump back to Atlantis.
The Canadian Space Agency’s “Dextre,” the robotic handyman on board the International Space Station, made history over the weekend by successfully refuelling a mock satellite outside of the station.
The refuelling mission — a collaboration between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency for their experimental Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) — was a pivotal demonstration for robots’ ability to refuel satellites in space, extending their service lifetime.
Since 2011, Dextre, a two-armed mechanical robot not far removed from “Star Wars” R2-D2 has successfully performed three tests on satellites that weren’t built to be repaired in space.
From the Canadian Space Agency: