Canadarm2 to Capture Dragon Cargo Ship as Canadian Science Continues

Spacewalker Luca Parmitano is guided on the Canadarm2 robotic arm toward the work site on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, the space station’s cosmic particle detector. (Credit: NASA)

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (CSA PR) — On December 4, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft will launch from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, destined for the International Space Station (ISS).

Three days later, European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano and NASA’s Jessica Meir will use Canadarm2 to capture the unpiloted vehicle. Robotics flight controllers will then berth it to the Station, where it is expected to remain for about a month.

The resupply mission includes equipment for ongoing Canadian heart study Vascular Aging:

  • two glucose test kits, which help researchers measure insulin resistance in space; and
  • three Bio-Monitor smart shirts, part of an innovative Canadian-made system that simplifies scientific data collection by easily tracking astronaut vital signs in space.

The upcoming cosmic catch marks a return to more typical activities for the 17-metre-long robotic arm. During recent spacewalks to repair the  ISS‘s cosmic particle detector, Canadarm2 served as a support for Parmitano, who was anchored to Canadarm2’s foot restraint. Throughout the operations, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Jeremy Hansen guided the spacewalkers from the Mission Control Center in Houston.

Live coverage of Dragon’s launch will be available on NASA TV on  Dec. 4, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET. Rendezvous and capture operations will also be broadcast on December 7, starting at 4:30 a.m. ET.

Canada to Announce Astronaut Finalists on Monday

Toronto, Ontario, April 20, 2017 — On April 24, Minister Bains will introduce the final candidates to undergo the last rounds of assessments as part of the Canadian Space Agency’s astronaut recruitment campaign.

The media is invited to attend the event. Candidates will be available for interviews onsite.

Date: April 24, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. (EDT)

What: Introduction of the top astronaut candidates

Who:
The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Jeremy Hansen, Canadian Space Agency astronaut
Top astronaut candidates

Where:
Holiday Inn Toronto – Yorkdale
3450 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M6A 2V1
York Halls

(Please note that parking is available at a fee)

Facebook:
Watch the livestream of the event here.

For more information on the astronaut recruitment campaign, consult our media kit.











Canada PM Harper Sez: Yea Canadian Astronauts, Eh?!

Stephen Harper
Stephen Harper reviews the federal budget with an unidentified staffer.

PRESS RELEASE

Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the selection of Canada’s two newest astronauts:

“On behalf of all Canadians, I want to congratulate Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques on their selection as Canada’s two newest astronauts.

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