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Canadarm 2 The Canadarm 2 is a robotic system that is associated with the International Space Station.

This robotic system has a key role in the station, which is to move equipment and supplies around the station, and supply astronauts with working space. This robotic system was launched in April 2001, and is more larger/advanced than the original Canadarm. The Canadarm 2 is approximately 18 meters long at its largest, and has seven electronic joints. These joints are useful, because they allow the Canadarm 2 to move in specific places, such as an inchworm. The Canadarm 2 operators see what they are doing by looking at the three robotic workstation LCD displays. A glove that can fit on a human hand controls the arm. When you wear the glove on your hand, and move it around, the Canadarm will do the same. To expand, if you move your hand right, the Canadarm will also move right. This system is helpful to N.A.S.A. as it gives a better view in space. This arm has a section called the Mobile Base Station. This station is the base platform for the robotic arm. The Canadarm flies on board the shuttle, but its primary function involves satellites. This system has been used to, constantly and successfully release satellites into orbit, retrieve them if any malfunction, and release satellite/shuttle maneuvers away. Since the Canadarm 2 can grip satellites, it has a special foot that is attached to its body. Inside the end of this arm are three wires. Small motors constrict the wires, which cause them to wrap tightly around the grapple fixture. Then the wires retract, and the satellite is pulled towards the Canadarm. Despite moving satellites around, the Canadarm is also used to repair satellites in trouble. In fact, the Canadarm has saved several costly satellite projects from danger.

Canadarm 2 The engineers of this system have used many mechanics to make it work. For example, the Canadarm is about nine-hundred pounds, and can lift up to two-hundred and ninetythree tons, which is about half a million pounds.

The way this arm is used is by having one crewmember operating the Canadarm from the flight deck control station, and the second crewmember usually assists with the camera operations. This robotic arm has drastically changed since the original. For example, unlike the original Canadarm, which is mounted outside the shuttle, the Canadarm 2 isnt tied down to a specific spot. Each end of this arm has a hand that will grab any of the necessary objects. In conclusion, the Canadarm 2 is perhaps one of the most well known Canadian accomplishments in space. Designed and built by the Canadian firm Spar Aerospace, the Canadarm was a gift from Canada to NASAs space shuttle program. Without this magnificent invention, we wouldnt have the ability to physically move/repair satellites by remote.