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Slideshow: Evolution of the Robotic Canadarm
10/16/2012

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The NGC Large Canadarm is a 15m robotic arm that fits inside a minivan when its segments are telescoped together. Although its reach is as long as Canadarm2's, it is lighter and folds up more compactly to fit on future, smaller spacecraft. It will be used on Earth as a testbed to simulate arm deployment during tasks such as capturing and docking spacecraft for refueling.   (Source: NASA)
The NGC Large Canadarm is a 15m robotic arm that fits inside a minivan when its segments are telescoped together. Although its reach is as long as Canadarm2's, it is lighter and folds up more compactly to fit on future, smaller spacecraft. It will be used on Earth as a testbed to simulate arm deployment during tasks such as capturing and docking spacecraft for refueling.
(Source: NASA)

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 7:00:28 PM
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Rob, to answer your earlier question, looks like the Canadian Space Agency is also working on lunar and planetary rovers, which I'll be reporting on soon.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 6:59:20 PM
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Rob, CSA worked very closely with NASA throughout these designs, so I'm sure they did share at least some technology.

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Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 6:07:46 PM
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I wonder if they share system info, data, and technology with NASA -- and vice versa. NASA has tons of data that they keep using over and over again.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 12:46:42 PM
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Absolutely it's different, although not entirely so. That's why so many of the new NG version's components comprise a testbed.

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Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 12:33:50 PM
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That's very interesting, Ann. The physics of space would require completely different materials engineering. I would imagine that requires some very sophisticated simulation and modeling.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/24/2012 12:02:15 PM
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Rob, the Canadarm was designed to work in a weightless, zero-G environment, as we discussed below regarding Lou's comment. So the only "crossover" apps would be others in space, since the arms are too heavy to operate in Earth's 1G.

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Rob Spiegel   10/24/2012 12:43:14 AM
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Seems logical, Ann. This is a stunning display of robots in space. The photos are just beautiful.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2012 12:12:33 PM
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Rob, good question. I haven't seen anything about the technology being used in crossover applications, but that does look like an obvious possibility.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/23/2012 12:11:44 PM
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Scott, you're welcome, and glad you enjoyed the slideshow.

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Rob Spiegel   10/22/2012 8:21:47 PM
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A 30-year project. That's impressive. Has the technology centered in particular industries in addition to aerospace?

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