The Canadian-built Canadarm robotic arm first flew on the Space Shuttle in 1981 and its successor, Canadarm2, is still working on the International Space Station (ISS) helping with experiments, supporting space-walking astronauts, and aiding unmanned cargo ships to dock.
Not content to rest on its laurels, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is working on a 15-meter Next Generation Canadarm (NGC). More flexible and compact than its predecessor, it’s part of a new 5-part system designed to fulfill the need for robotic arms to help with satellite repair and refueling.
The NGC project is not only updating the robotic arm technology, but expanding it to form a new 5 components system with the aim of not just improving a robot arm, but to make it part of an improved way of developing techniques for dealing with the approach, docking, servicing and undocking of spacecraft for maintenance and refueling.
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