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Canadarm, Canadarm2, and Canadarm3 – A Comparative Table

27 Jun 2020, 15:20 UTC
Canadarm, Canadarm2, and Canadarm3 – A Comparative Table
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Canadarm, Canadarm2 and Canadarm3. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency/NASA)

Canadian Space Agency Fact Sheet

CanadarmThe first Canadian robotic arm to go to spaceCanadarm2Servicing the International Space Station since 2001Canadarm3Footnote1An artificial intelligence-based robotic system designed for the Lunar GatewayLocationInstalled on each Space Shuttle and returned to Earth. Now retired, the Canadarm is on display at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa, Ontario.Stays permanently in space on board the International Space Station.Will stay permanently in space on board the Lunar Gateway.Range of motionReach limited to length of arm.Moves end-over-end to reach many parts of the International Space Station, where its anchoring “hand” plugs into a power, data, and video outlet. Because it is mounted on the Mobile Base, the arm can travel the entire length of the Space Station.Will move end-over-end to reach many parts of the Lunar Gateway, where its anchoring “hand” will plug into a power, data, and video outlet. The arm will be able to travel and bring tools to the entire length of the Lunar Gateway.Fixed jointFixed to the shuttle by one end.No fixed end.No fixed end.Degrees of freedomSix degrees of freedom. Similar to a human arm: Two joints in the shoulder One joint in the elbow ...

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