Astronaut’s Mission Is To Snatch A Dragon Without Crashing The Canadarm

by Elizabeth Howell March 20, 2014

When there’s a Dragon spacecraft coming your way at the International Space Station, you’d better be ready to grapple it with a robotic arm. For if there’s a crash, you will face “a very bad day”, as astronaut David Saint-Jacques points out in this new video (also embedded below the jump). That’s why the Canadian […]

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Robots And Astronauts Feature In First Glimpse of Canada’s New Space Policy

by Elizabeth Howell February 7, 2014

About six years ago, the Canadarm — Canada’s iconic robotic arm used in space — was almost sold to a company in the United States, along with other space technology from MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. The Canadian government blocked the sale and swiftly came out with a promise: a space policy to better support Canada’s industry. […]

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Chris Hadfield On Space-y $5 Bill: ‘It Reminds Us That Our Dreams Do Not Have A Limit’

by Elizabeth Howell November 7, 2013

In Canada, “gimme five” could soon have a space connotation. Today the country announced it is preparing to put new polymer $5 bills into circulation that feature Canadian robotics and an astronaut. At the official circulation ceremony near Montreal, Que. was none other than Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who brought unprecedented social media attention to […]

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Google Honors Canadarm’s 31st Anniversary

by Elizabeth Howell November 13, 2012

Canada’s most famous robot is on the front page of today. The Google doodle honors the 31st anniversary of the first use of Canadarm in space. Canadarm is a robotic arm that flew on virtually every shuttle mission. The technology is still being used today in space. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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