Astronautics Vocabulary

The Astronautics Vocabulary is a glossary of terms that pertain to the science and technology of spaceflight. This alphabetical list can be navigated by clicking on the letters A-Z displayed on this page.

Definition of Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM)

Translation: manipulateur agile spécialisé

Definition: A sophisticated space hand (actually two fingers) used to manipulate objects in space and conduct maintenance and repairs. Third and last element of the Mobile Servicing System, Canada's contribution to the International Space Station.

Other Definition: None

Synonym: None