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Next Generation Canadarm Unveiled

5 Oct 2012, 01:56 UTC
Next Generation Canadarm Unveiled Canadian Space Agency
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After three years of development, prototypes of the Next Generation Canadarm were unveiled on September 27 by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The robotic arms were commisioned by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for $53.1 million. “We prepared all these new systems so that we will be well-positioned for the next thing in space,” said Gilles [...]

The mini Next Generation Canadarm prototype, suitable for orbital refueling (Credits: Canadian Space Agency).
After three years of development, prototypes of the Next Generation Canadarm were unveiled on September 27 by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). The robotic arms were commisioned by the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for $53.1 million.
“We prepared all these new systems so that we will be well-positioned for the next thing in space,” said Gilles Leclerc, the CSA’s director-general of space exploration.
The prototypes are terrestrial models, not ready for deployment to space. One of the arms is the same length as the International Space Station’s Canadarm 2, 15 meters, but is lighter and can be telescoped for storage or launch. Another prototype is 2.58 meters, a miniature unit modelled on the station’s Dextre robotic manipulator, suitable for refueling satellites and handling tools.
The NGC project initially began ...

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