Media Advisory - Canada's Two-Arm Robot Dextre Is Ready for Space



    LONGUEUIL, QC, April 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Media representatives are invited
to a unique photo-opportunity to see the robotic manipulator Dextre. It will
be packed and shipped in the coming weeks to NASA's Kennedy Space Centre in
Florida and launched to the International Space Station in 2008. NASA
astronauts will also be on site to explain how they will assemble Dextre's
nine components during a spacewalk.
    Dextre is the third and final element of the Mobile Servicing System
contributed by Canada for the International Space Station. With its two arms,
Dextre will be agile enough to take on much of the work now performed by
astronauts outside the Station. This will alleviate some of the risk factors
in their work.

    

    WHEN:     Thursday, April 26, 2007

    TIME:     10:30 a.m.

    WHAT:     Brief presentation on Dextre
              Visit to the Clean Room to see Dextre - Photo-op

    WHO:      Paul Cooper, General Manager, MDA
              Benoît Marcotte, Manager, Canadian Space Station Program, CSA
              Robert (Bob) L. Behnken, NASA astronaut
              Michael J. Foreman, NASA astronaut
              Garrett E. Reisman, NASA astronaut

    WHERE:    MDA
              9445 Airport Road
              Brampton, Ontario

     For more information on Canada's Mobile Servicing System and Dextre,
visit CSA's website at: http://www.space.gc.ca/asc/eng/iss/canada.asp
    




For further information:

For further information: Julie Simard, Media Relations, CSA, (450)
926-4370, Julie.simard@space.gc.ca; Lynne Vanin, Public Affairs, MDA,(905)
790-4466


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