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Katie Ramirez
December 4, 2019

Two robotic leak detectors will be stored in the toolbox, for example.

RELL was first launched in 2015 and was so successful that it launched a second one this year for backup. RELL will detect leaks and gases like ammonia.

"Its thermal system maintains ideal temperatures for the instruments, helping them stay functional". This will be the third trip to the space station for this recycled Dragon.

The hotel, RiTS will be attached to the outside of the ISS to create and save storage on the inside.

Up until now, the RELLs have been stored within the ISS when they're not being used, however, as space is limited in the Space Station this external method of storing the robots will be a welcome addition.

During Wednesday's mission, the Dragon capsule will separate from the rocket nine minutes after liftoff, according to SpaceX, which projects that it will attach to the space station on December 7.

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RELL units take an extended amount of time to be deployed.

Experiments also doubling as marketing efforts that are being sent to the space station include Anheuser-Busch launching more than 3,500 barley seeds.

NASA astronauts have been riding Russian rockets to the space station, for tens of millions of dollars per seat, while awaiting the repeatedly delayed commercial crew vehicles. Also, it will help the space station's robotic arm, Dextre, easily locate, grab and put back those robotic tools.

Human and robotic collaborations like these can be applied to more than just the space station, including potential exploration of the Moon, Mars and beyond.

RiTS was developed by the Satellite Servicing Projects Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, in partnership with NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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