Dextre, the International Space Station's versatile robot - Illustration
2018-03-09 - Quick facts on Dextre, the International Space Station's versatile robot. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
Servicing the ISS since 2008
- Performs maintenance work like changing batteries and replacing cameras
- Reduces the number of risky spacewalks for astronauts
- Works with portable tools that can refuel mock satellites, detect ammonia leaks, and soon, scan the ISS in high definition
- Is operated by controllers on the ground at NASA or the Canadian Space Agency (CSA)
- Works mostly when astronauts are sleeping.
- Most sophisticated space robot ever built.
- Handles gear as small as a toaster or as large as a refrigerator.
- Only robot to have repaired itself in space.
- About 400 km above Earth
- 1,560 kg
- 3.7 m tall
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