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Dextre continues work on the Robotic Refueling Mission

This week on the International Space Station (ISS), Dextre tackles the next phase of the joint NASA-CSA technical experiment to demonstrate how a robot could refuel and repair satellites in space to extend their useful lifespan.

During the week, Dextre will use a series of custom-built NASA tools to work on a mock-satellite located on the exterior of the ISS. Dextre will go through a checklist of tasks required to replenish a satellite's reservoir of coolant (used to keep sensitive equipment on board at right operating temperature), including retrofitting valves and creating a pressure-tight seal.

Stay tuned this week for more updates! Read up on the Robotic Refueling Mission.


Cosmic Catch for Canadarm2

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Another Cosmic Catch for Canadarm2: HTV5 now installed on the International Space Station

Working ahead of schedule, astronauts Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren used Canadarm2 to capture JAXA’s HTV5 capsule this morning at 6:28 a.m. EDT (3:28 a.m. PDT). Robotic controllers on the ground then commanded Canadarm2 to reposition HTV5 for the astronauts to install it to the station, which took place at 10:02 a.m. HTV5 ferried 6 tonnes of science and supplies to the space station. Canadarm2 will undock the Japanese spacecraft at the end of September.


HTV5 launch

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Launch of HTV5

Congratulations to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on the successful launch of HTV5! The cargo ship is carrying 6 metric tons of supplies, food, drinking water and science to the International Space Station (ISS).

HTV5 will take 5 days to rendezvous with the ISS. On Monday, August 24, astronauts Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindren will use Canadarm2 to catch the free-flying capsule and attach it to the station.


Où sont les neuf caméras installées sur le Canadarm2, Dextre et la base mobile?

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Where are the 9 cameras on Canadarm2, Dextre and the mobile base?

There are four cameras on Canadarm2, three on board Dextre, and two on the mobile base. Flight controllers and astronauts rely on cameras to operate Canadarm2 and Dextre, including capturing and docking resupply spacecraft, moving astronauts during spacewalks, relocating and repairing hardware, and inspecting the International Space Station (ISS).

Some of the cameras have been in space since 2001, and have gone beyond their planned 10-year lifespan. MDA, the prime contractor for the Canadian robotics on board the ISS, will design new cameras for the CSA to replace the existing cameras as needed in the coming years.


Find out more about this video entitled Moving Day! Canadarm2 prepares the International Space Station for future space taxis

This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) animation was created in our training simulator (where astronauts and flight controllers learn to operate Canadarm2) to give you an idea of how the real operations will unfold. Because space robots move very slowly for safety reasons, this clip condenses a full day of robotics action into a one-minute video. (Credit: CSA)

Moving Day! Canadarm2 prepares the International Space Station for future space taxis

Here's how Canadarm2 moved the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27, 2015. Ground teams at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) commanded the Canadian robotic arm to detach and relocate the module to make way for US commercial spacecraft that will begin ferrying astronauts to and from the space station in 2017.

This move will help make place for the first of two International Docking Adapters, which will be sent to the space station in June on board SpaceX's Dragon to be installed by Canadarm2. Reconfiguring the space station will continue until the end of 2015, and include several spacewalks to create primary and backup docking ports for the new vehicles. 


NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly poses with 600,000 tomato seeds

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The next batch of Tomatosphere seeds in space!

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Astronaut Scott Kelly poses with 600,000 tomato seeds for the Tomatosphere educational project. These space-faring seeds will be distributed to about 18,000 classes in Canada and the US during the 2015-16 school year. The seeds were launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on board SpaceX's Dragon on April 14, and will return to Earth on May 21.


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Canadarm2 to capture SpaceX's Dragon

SpaceX's Dragon is scheduled to arrive at the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, April 17, around 7 a.m. EDT. European Space Agency Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti will perform a "cosmic catch" with Canadarm2 to grapple Dragon so that ground crews can dock it to the ISS. NASA TV will broadcast Dragon's arrival starting at 5 a.m. Follow the CSA's Twitter account for updates and live coverage of robotics.


SpaceX Dragon launch

SpaceX's Dragon is scheduled to launch today, April 14, at 4:10 p.m. EDT. Given today's weather forecast, there is a 40% chance that the launch may be postponed. Live coverage begins at 3 p.m. today: