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    Dextre, space two armed robot, MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd., Richmond, Canada

    Manufacturer - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

    Dextre on Wikipedia

    Dextre is an integral part of Canadarm.

    Dextre, also known as the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), is a two armed robot, or telemanipulator, which is part of the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station (ISS), and extends the function of this system to replace some activities otherwise requiring spacewalks. It was launched March 11, 2008 on mission STS-123.

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    Article "Canada launches robot-themed plastic banknote from space"
    Aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Chris Hadfield unveils the new polymer $5 bill, which showcases ISS robots Canadarm2 and Dextre.

    by Tim Hornyak
    April 30, 2013

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    Dextre The Space Robot Practices Pumping Gas

    Published on Mar 15, 2012

    The Canadian Dexterous Manipulator robot that sits atop the ISS, is getting it's research tools dirty for the first time, as it learns (and teaches engineers) how to service satellites.

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    New $5 and $10 Bank Notes · Nouveaux billets de banque de 5 $ et 10 $

    Published on Apr 30, 2013

    Unveiling Ceremony of the New $5 and $10 Polymer Bank Notes

    The $5 note features Canadarm2 and Dextre symbolizing Canada's continuing contribution to the international space program through robotics innovation. The theme of the new $10 note is the Canadian train representing Canada's great technical feat of linking its eastern and western frontiers by what was, at the time, the longest railway ever built.

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    STS 123 Rewind - Dextre On-Orbit Assembly

    Published on Apr 3, 2014

    Spacewalkers struggle to awaken the monstrous space station robot. Learn more about Dextre here: http://goo.gl/Gn3rKN

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    Space Station Robot Fitted With Satellite Deployer | Animation

    Published on Apr 3, 2014

    The Space Station Integrated Kinetic Launcher for Orbital Payload Systems (SSIKLOPS) aka Cyclops, is a CubeSat carrier that can transfer from the Kibo module to station exterior robot Dextre for satellite deployment.

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    U.S. SpaceX Dragon Ship Arrives at the International Space Station with Important cargo

    Published on Apr 20, 2014

    The SpaceX Dragon cargo craft arrived at the International Space Station April 20, delivering almost 5,000 pounds of scientific experiments and supplies for the Expedition 39 crew. Dragon was launched atop the commercial company's Falcon 9 rocket April 18 from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on the third commercial resupply mission to the station for SpaceX. After a two-day rendezvous to catch up to the orbital laboratory, Dragon was grappled by Expedition 39 Commander Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio and berthed to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module using the station's Canadian-built robot arm, where it will remain until it departs the outpost on May 18 for a parachute-assisted return to Earth and a splashdown in the Pacific west of Baja California.

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    Dextre installs OPALS on the International Space Station

    Published on May 1, 2014

    This computer-generated animation shows Dextre, the Canadian robotic handyman on board the International Space Station (ISS), retrieving OPALS (short for Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science) from inside the trunk of SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship, and installing it on the exterior of the ISS.

    While sitting on the end of Canadarm2, Dextre is lowered into Dragon's external compartment (its "trunk"), picks up the OPALS payload with one hand, and places it on his workbench. Canadarm2 then puts Dextre down to change bases (for better reach), and picks Dextre back up again to install OPALS on the exterior of the European Space Agency's Columbus module, where OPALS will test the potential for using a laser to transmit data to Earth from space.

    (Animation : Canadian Space Agency)

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    Robot, heal thyself: Dextre becomes the first robot to repair itself in space

    Published on May 20, 2014

    Dextre, the Canadian robotic handyman on board the International Space Station, has done several repair and maintenance jobs to date, as well as the Robotic Refueling Mission technology demonstration, when he became the first robot to refuel a mock satellite in space. The space bot is now poised to claim a first for robotkind: self-repair. This animation shows how Dextre will swap two cameras on Canadarm2 and the mobile base, which together form the three main components of Canada's Mobile Servicing System.

    Dextre will start by retrieving a faulty camera located near Canadarm2's elbow joint. Since the camera is functional, but produces hazy images, Dextre will move it to a less critical location on the mobile base. Dextre will then head over to Japan's Kibo module to fetch a camera from the module's transfer airlock —a type of sliding drawer that can be depressurized—where the station's crew will place it for Dextre to retrieve. Dextre will install the new camera on Canadarm2's elbow joint, where it will provide critical views of the robotic arm's movements.

    In addition to repairing and replacing two valuable cameras used for robotic operations, Dextre's task has far-reaching implications for what robots could do in the future. Technologies for on-orbit robotic servicing—repairing and refueling satellites in space—hold great potential for addressing the issue of space debris, a growing concern for the world's space agencies. The work done by Dextre today is laying the foundation for the future when one day, robots will be sent to repair, refuel and reposition orbiting satellites. On-orbit robotic servicing could therefore save satellite operators from the significant costs of building and launching new replacement satellites, and help reduce space debris.

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    Dextre lets CATS out of the bag on the Space Station

    Published on Jan 21, 2015

    This animation shows how Dextre, the Canadian-built robotic handyman on board the International Space Station, will remove the CATS (Cloud Aerosol Transport System) science experiment from SpaceX’s Dragon. CATS will use lidar (laser-guided radar) to study the location, composition and distribution of clouds on a global scale. These operations mark the first time Dextre works with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s robotic arm.

    This animation was generated by the same simulator used to train astronauts and flight controllers to operate Canadarm2 and Dextre in space.The video opens with a shot of the Japanese robotic arm getting into position. The next sequence shows Dextre, seated at the end of Canadarm2, reaching into Dragon’s trunk and grasping CATS. Canadarm2 then moves Dextre closer to the Japanese module of the station in order to hand CATS to the Japanese robotic arm for it to be installed on the station’s exterior (not shown).

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