Canadarm2's data sheet

Technical name Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)
Launch date Canadarm2 was launched aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on April 19, 2001. Three days later, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield and NASA astronaut Scott Parazynski attached the robotic arm to the International Space Station (ISS).
Mission
Location Approximately 400 km above Earth, on the ISS.
Ownership Canadian Space Agency
Built by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. in Brampton, Ontario
Length 17 m
Mass 1,497 kg
Composition 19 layers of high-strength carbon thermoplastic fibres
Degrees of freedom

Seven degrees of freedom, making it very similar to a human arm:

  • three joints at the shoulder
  • one joint at the elbow
  • three joints at the wrist
Fast facts

Along with Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Canadarm2 was pictured on a coin, available in gold or silver, created in 2006 by the Royal Canadian Mint. The robotic arm was also featured on a 2011 stamp issued by Canada Post.

Since 2013, Canadarm2 and Dextre have adorned the new $5 polymer banknotes, highlighting Canada's great achievements in space exploration.

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