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Offline yg1968

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CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« on: 03/05/2010 10:40 pm »
The Canadian budget of yesterday will fund a Next Generation Canadarm:
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Canadian Space Agency: The Economic Action Plan also provided $110 million over three years to the Canadian Space Agency to support Canada’s continued leadership in the design and construction of space robotics. Of this amount, approximately $36 million will be spent in 2010–11 on the development of the Next Generation Canadarm and Exploration Surface Mobility projects. This funding supports new opportunities for innovative Canadian companies and provides jobs for highly skilled employees. This new support will also help prepare Canadian astronauts to participate in future international space missions, similar to those in which astronauts Robert Thirsk and Julie Payette recently participated.

In the comments to this article, one of the poster says that the Next Generation Canadarm could be used for in-orbit-refueling and servicing:
http://spaceref.ca/budget-2010/budget-2010-the-news-is-not-all-bad-for-the-canadian-space-agency.html#more

« Last Edit: 03/05/2010 10:47 pm by yg1968 »

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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2010 11:29 pm »
We need tankmodeler's input on this...  ;)

I don't care what it's used for, it's good news.
I am still concerned with the efforts MDA (Canada) has put into the lunar rover & associated items. Unless that aspect is persued in a purely robotic form, it seems unlikely it will come to fruition anytime soon with budget announcement.
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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« Reply #2 on: 03/06/2010 12:04 am »
Very interesting. I wonder what the usefulness of a next-gen Canadarm would be attached to Bigelow modules, crew taxis, space tugs, Orion, etc. It seems that at least a few planned crew vehicles require a Canadarm for docking.
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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« Reply #3 on: 03/06/2010 12:17 am »
Very interesting. I wonder what the usefulness of a next-gen Canadarm would be attached to Bigelow modules, crew taxis, space tugs, Orion, etc. It seems that at least a few planned crew vehicles require a Canadarm for docking.

Or EVA assistance, or ORU changeout, or experiment mounting...
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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« Reply #4 on: 03/06/2010 12:29 am »
I am still concerned with the efforts MDA (Canada) has put into the lunar rover & associated items. Unless that aspect is persued in a purely robotic form, it seems unlikely it will come to fruition anytime soon with budget announcement.

Well, it puts them well-placed to partner with a US firm (LM, probably) in building any robotic lunar precursors (which, IIRC, are in both the WH and Congressional versions). Ninety percent of lunar surface systems is understanding the environment, and so any preliminary work should carry over.
« Last Edit: 03/06/2010 12:29 am by simonbp »

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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
« Reply #5 on: 09/27/2012 02:44 pm »
Here is a press release from the Canadian Space Agency (bold is mine):

Quote from: CSA Press Release
Next-Generation Canadarm Unveiled

Brampton, Ontario, September 27, 2012 – Today, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), participated in the unveiling of the Next-Generation Canadarm project (NGC).

“Like all Canadians, I am proud of the iconic Canadarm, that served the Space Shuttle Program for three decades, as well as the Next-Generation Canadarm, which will further Canada’s legacy of excellence in space robotics,” said Minister Goodyear. “As we prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Canada in space, this is but one example of how our Government’s investment in innovation continues to drive science and technology.”

The NGC consists of four versatile state-of-the-art robotic prototypes and a mission control station. Minister Goodyear, accompanied by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield toured MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates’ facilities in Brampton, Ontario, where the NGC prototypes, Canadarm2 and Dextre were designed and built for the CSA. The Brampton facility is also preparing the original Canadarm for its future public display.   

In 2009, Canada’s Economic Action Plan allocated $53.1 million over three years to the Canadian Space Agency to maintain Canada’s leadership in the design and construction of the next generation of the Canadarm. The resulting robotic systems provide Canada the capability to study solutions for potential future missions or to service several types of spacecraft—from space telescopes to refueling satellites. NGC’s 15-metre robotic arm can fit inside the average mini-van and will fit onboard future smaller spacecraft. A smaller, 2.5 metre robotic arm is equipped with its own set of sophisticated tools and was designed to repair satellites in space. A test-bed allows engineers to simulate bringing two spacecraft together for operations in close-contact. A second test facility simulates the steps required to dock two vehicles together and a mission operations station allows all NGC’s systems to be operated remotely. 

“Regardless of future space destinations, space robotics will be required for a variety of missions, from rovers that act as robotic planetary explorers to robots that will repair and refuel satellites and space telescopes” explained Gilles Leclerc, Director General of Space Exploration at CSA. “No matter the mission, Canada will be ready.” 

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested nearly $8 billion in initiatives supporting science, technology and the growth of innovation firms in Canada, including $5 billion for advanced research, education and training; $2 billion for post-secondary infrastructure; and $1 billion for applied research and financing.  This funding has helped to make Canada a world leader in post-secondary education research and to create the knowledge and highly skilled workforce that are required for a more prosperous economy.
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Re: CSA will fund a Next Generation Canadarm
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