On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM-1)
Similar to how Earth is polluted by plastics, gases and other toxic material that impact the wildlife, space is also polluted with orbital debris. OSAM-1, short for On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1, is a robotic spacecraft tasked with the job of servicing satellites to extend their lifespan in space. OSAM-1 not only refuels these satellites but can also manage them efficiently to help mitigate orbital debris. OSAM-1 is equipped with many technologies that the engineering and technology directorate has helped create.
On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing 1 (OSAM-1) is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to extend satellites’ lifespans – even those not originally designed to be serviced. OSAM-1 is funded by the Technology Demonstration Missions program, which is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate headquartered in Washington, D.C. The mission is led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.