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A robotic arm, equipped with vision and touch sensors, independently positions itself to dock with a satellite. Once docked, additional robotic operations will refuel and repair the satellite.

Out of this WorldAmerica's space program is also front and center in Fairmont. NASA is based hundreds of miles from West Virginia, but work going on here is critical to maintaining safety in outer space. NASA has an operations center in the I-79 Technology Park, where the Independent Verification & Validation Facility (IV&V) is responsible for verifying and validating mission-critical software on behalf of Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. IV&V was established in 1993 in the wake of the Challenger accident. Now, no software goes into space without first being checked in West Virginia. The facility has a full calendar of events and activities open to the public. Visitors can participate in hands-on activities that will uniquely inspire and engage future generations of explorers. Also, the IV&V Facility’s Educator Resource Center provides free, NASA-endorsed science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum for educators and students. Visit www.ivv.nasa.gov for more information.

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The WVU-NASA Robotics Center uses multiple robotic platforms to research and test the application of robotic space operations.

In November 2010, the ribbon was cut on the WVU-NASA Robotics Center at the tech park. Scientists and engineers at the center are developing software and robotic components that will capture existing satellites to refuel and repair them while in orbit. This technology will be utilized for future space missions as part of the NASA Space Servicing Capabilities Project. The project development and robotic technology will be showcased in outreach programs to schools around the state. For more information contact Dr. Thomas Evans at Thomas.Evans@mail.wvu.edu.
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Bridgeport - SLICk Space Luggage
The composite Super Lightweight Interchangeable Carrier (SLIC) is a new breed of equipment carrier that allowed the Space Shuttle to transport scientific instruments to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The SLIC is built in Bridgeport by FMW Composite Systems, Inc. FMW specializes in composite manufacturing utilizing a variety of matrix systems, including metal, polymer and rubber.