The Space Systems Laboratory's Ranger robot is one of 26 solutions proposed to NASA to assist in upgrading the Hubble Space Telescope (shown here), according to the Denver Post. A National Academies of Science committee will winnow the ideas to provide a shortlist of contenders for the $300 million mission by the end of the summer.
In performing the servicing, Ranger would simply disconnect a "hand," then reattach another hand best suited for the job. "You fly with a lot of hands. It's really like having a tool box," says ISR-affiliated Associate Professor Dave Akin (AE/ISR) in the article. Story at the Denver Post
March 3, 2004