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    Dextre changes a pump on the International Space Station

    Published on Mar 6, 2015

    This computer-generated animation shows Dextre removing a failed ammonia pump, picking up a fresh spare, moving the latter to a location where spacewalkers can easily access it for installation at a later time, and then parking the failed pump where it is out of the way. Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman on board the International Space Station (ISS), was built to make space operations safer and cheaper by using a robot to do routine maintenance work, freeing up astronauts to do more important things (like science).

    Space robotics is serious business. But Dextre’s daring lifts, spins and twirls on the end of Canadarm2 (the ISS’s robotic arm) call to mind a circus act instead of the stiff motions typically associated with robots in Hollywood B movies! While you watch the animation, keep in mind that Dextre is always controlled by humans on the ground (at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, or at the Canadian Space Agency in St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada). Now imagine sitting in the flight controller’s seat, driving the 17-metre long robotic arm with the nearly 4-metre tall Dextre flipping and dipping on the end… Whoa.

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    DEXTRE watches the Super Bowl from the ISS

    Published on Feb 7, 2016

    Dextre pays tribute to Super Bowl 50 by transforming into a referee.

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    Dextre tests NASA’s International Space Station Robotic External Leak Locator (IRELL)

    Published on Nov 25, 2016

    2016-11-25 - While riding on the end of Canadarm2, Dextre will be moved to various locations on the exterior of the International Space Station, holding the IRELL tool near the cooling system pipes to detect traces of ammonia. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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    Dextre performs marathon battery replacement operations on the International Space Station

    Published on Dec 13, 2016

    2016-12-13 - In the most intensive robotics operation to date, this animation shows how Dextre, the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman, will recover and replace the batteries essential for storing electrical energy generated by the International Space Station’s solar arrays. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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