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James Webb Space Telescope’s Pathfinder Mirror Backplane Arrives at NASA Goddard for Critical Assembly Testing

by Ken Kremer August 13, 2014

The central piece of the “pathfinder” backplane that will hold all the mirrors for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has arrived at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland for critical assembly testing on vital parts of the mammoth telescope. The pathfinder backplane arrived at Goddard in July and has now been hoisted […]

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Space Robot Fixes Itself, Takes Selfie As Funny Livetweet Happens On The Ground

by Elizabeth Howell May 27, 2014

In a thrilling demonstration of space robotics, today the Dextre “hand” replaced a malfunctioning camera on the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm. And the Canadian Space Agency gleefully tweeted every step of the way, throwing in jokes to describe what was happening above our heads on the International Space Station. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Dangling Dextre Digs out Docked Dragon Depot prior to Station Departure

by Ken Kremer May 6, 2014

To close out their final week aboard the International Space Station, three of the six Expedition 39 crew members are completing their unloading tasks inside the docked commercial SpaceX Dragon cargo freighter and other duties while teams at Mission Control in Houston conduct delicate robotics work outside with dazzling maneuvers of the Dextre robot to […]

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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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