From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Tuesday, May 1, 2001
Saint-Hubert, Quebec, May 1, 2001 - After a 12 day mission to the International Space Station, Endeavour landed today at Edwards Air Force Base in California at 12:11 p.m. with Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield aboard.
"Canada welcomes home a real-life hero," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA. "The spacewalk by Chris Hadfield and the installation of Canadarm2 are a source of pride and an inspiration for all Canadians. This mission has been an absolute triumph, demonstrating Canada's expertise in the design and application of innovative robotics systems."
The mission culminated on Saturday when, for the first time ever, two generations of Canadian robotic arms worked together to transfer a packing crate (the space pallet in which Canadarm2 was delivered). "We are very proud of all we have achieved. Canadarm2 has been performing perfectly from the first moment it was installed by Chris," said CSA President Mac Evans. "This mission reaffirms Canada's reputation as a leader in robotics technology."
During this mission marked by firsts, Hadfield became the first Canadian to perform a spacewalk as he twice stepped out into the vacuum of space. Endeavour's flight also included the most complex and intricate robotics work ever conducted in space. The astronauts learned to operate the new Canadarm2 at the Canadian Space Agency's world-renowned training simulators in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. Hadfield, who helped the Station crew give the arm its first command, said Canadarm2 "flies beautifully, very precisely and very much like the simulator, which is comforting."
Canadarm2's ability to flip end-over-end to reach different anchor points on the Station and its increased flexibility will allow the new arm to perform complex robotic manoeuvres beyond the reach of the original arm. Canadarm2 is critical to the assembly of the Station - it will act as a "construction crane" to build the Station in space and will be used on virtually every mission.
Canadarm2 will play a critical role this June, when it installs the Airlock to be flown to the Station as part of Mission STS-104. The Airlock will be positioned on a location that the original Canadarm could not reach.
Canadian companies from all regions of the nation participated in building Canadarm2, with MD Robotics of Brampton, Ontario as its prime contractor.
About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.
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