Questions tagged [in-space-repairs]

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How to slow a spinning spacecraft externally?

I came accross the is question What are the consequences to breaking the ISS? and wander how would a spacecraft be made to stop spinning from the outside? Scenarios might include (but are not limited ...
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Would recovery from these three problems on the ISS each require astronauts on board?

YouTube auto-played this to me after Scott Manley. I don't really recommend this channel as there are a lot of small errors due to the speaker's unfamiliarity with the science and mis-speaks like ...
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Power requirements for NASA's Variable Power Laser Welding Torch

NASA uses a Variable-Power Handheld Laser Torch for their welding in space operations and fixing things in orbit. I've got several questions about this system. Is this system currently available/in ...
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Is satellite retrieval still relevant given the progress of in-orbit service?

The downmass capability was one of the US Air Force's requirements in the Space Shuttle design. It was planned that the shuttle would retrieve spy satellites from orbit for refurbishing. This ability ...
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Are satellite repairs in orbit still being performed nowadays?

The list of Shuttle missions contains quite a few of in-orbit repairs of commercial satellites. Meanwhile, Soyuz is about exclusively resupply/crew exchange missions to space stations, and this is ...
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Besides HST, JWST and stations, are there any examples of satellites designed for service in space?

update: I've just read these intriguing first sentence in the recently published (and paywalled) Aviation Weekly article No Second Chances On Webb Telescope Deployment: NASA has no plans to service ...
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Space maintenance after Space Shuttle Program Shutdown

I was wondering, what if one of the satellites that were previously serviced by the space shuttle, like the Hubble Space Telescope, needs repairs now that the shuttle program is off? Are there other ...
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Can a cubesat in orbit be operated like a R/C airplane in real time?

I was thinking about the answers and comments I got to this question (Can a cubesat be used to qualify parts in space?) and came across one that said satellites can't be fixed once launched into orbit ...