The Mobile Servicing System (MSS) is a highly sophisticated system that consists of:
The MSS is operated from within the Space Station by the crew, using four TV cameras and an advanced vision system. Its operations are also supported from the MSS Operations Complex (MOC) at Canadian Space Agency headquarters in Longueuil, Quebec. The MOC have four different activities and it is the main facility for mission planning, equipment monitoring, and training.
Canadarm2 and the MBS, its platform, are essential tools for the assembly of the ISS. The SPDM, a smaller two-arm robot will enable the Mobile Servicing System to perform delicate operations and reduce the amount of time that astronauts and cosmonauts spend working outside the ISS in the hostile space environment.
Canada is also supplying the Canadian Space Vision Systems (CSVS) to support robotic operations. Because it is difficult to sense depth in space, the CSVS will give astronauts precise information as to the position and orientation of the large objects that they are handling or docking using the Canadian robotic system thus increasing the efficiency and safety of their operations.