Fill ‘er up, eh?

Posted on January 28, 2013 9:00 am
Photo: Canadian Space Agency

An orbiting robot gas station ran a successful test refueling of a mock satellite. That’s the word from a report this past week:

Dextre, a twin-armed robot from Canada, topped off the fuel tank in the mockup, showing how satellites’ life can be extended, according to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

Operating on the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) module, Dextre removed safety caps and cut through retaining wires before transferring liquid ethanol to the mockup, which is about the size of a washing machine.

That’s right. The Canadian Space Agency. Not NASA.

Now, I have nothing against our friends to the north. I’ve not spent a lot of time in Canada, but have visited. The places I went were nice. The only problem I found is they don’t know how to make breakfast sausage. Every breakfast I ate there has sausage that tasted like sawdust.

And now, a country that can’t even make breakfast right is able to make robot gas stations in space while the U.S. space program is canceling programs and focusing on Muslim outreach.

I’m thinking we wouldn’t be in this situation if we had an American president. Or Democrats who actually loved America.

Forward!

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10 Responses to “Fill ‘er up, eh?”

  1. DamnCat says:

    Now, I have nothing against our friends to the north.

    You’ve never had their “bacon”.

    This project only demonstrates something we already knew -Canadians love cold places and alcohol.

  2. Vaktatunnen says:

    Hey Nasa- “Space Exploration”- You keep using those words. I do not think they mean what you think they mean.

  3. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    Why don’t they just put wind mills on them? How about solar panels? I mean the sun is like…right there.

  4. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    Junk email 5 minutes later: Let the Government Subsidize your Solar Installation

    Coincidence?

  5. buckhorn_cortez says:

    Fuel…..? Oh, sure…sure…FUEL! Right! I guess Molson’s is fuel…eh?

  6. Raving Lunatic says:

    If the robot can put fuel in, it can probably steal it, too. Did anyone see where this fuel came from? Do the Canadians have a receipt?

  7. Critter says:

    They also eat french fries with snot on them.

  8. Uncle Kevvie, That's Who says:

    Normally, I’d chime right on in to this snark. But in this case IMAO is slightly off kilter.
    This firm built all the Shuttle Arms, dating to waaayy back in time, and this one as well. They’re used ,because they work, and this is Canada’s Contribution to the Space Program as a whole.
    Be glad they know how to do ‘this kinda stuff’. Ever ride in a Bombardier {Canadian Made] Jet?
    They’re freakin’ awesome…….

  9. Basil says:

    I’m not so much digging at Canada (except for breakfast) as I am digging at what NASA has become. NASA can’t even put a monkey into space. Iran can do that. Iran, for Allah’s sake!

  10. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    Can they make it siphon the gas out of other satellites?

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