NASA wants to refuel a satellite orbiting Earth.
NASA project manager Brent Robertson said it would be "... a NASA first, an industry first, and a world first."
At Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, researchers are preparing to use robotic arms to perform a series of tasks on an orbiting satellite. The goal is to show it's possible to service a satellite in space and extend its shelf life.
NASA robotics technologist Brian Roberts said, "When your car stops working or runs out of gas, you don't leave it on the side of the road."
NASA wants to prove the technology works, then transition the technology to private industry.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "When the United States of America invests in NASA, it always comes back multi-fold, and it increases the standard of living for everybody on the planet."
No launch date has been set for NASA's satellite repair demonstration, but the mission is expected to happen between 2020 and 2022.