Uploaded on May 26, 2015
Moving Day! Canadarm2 prepares the International Space Station for future space taxis
2015-05-27 - Here’s how Canadarm2 moved the Permanent Multipurpose Module aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on May 27, 2015. Ground teams at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and NASA commanded the Canadian robotic arm to detach and relocate the module to make way for US commercial spacecraft that will begin ferrying astronauts to and from the space station in 2017.
This move will help make place for the first of two International Docking Adapters, which will be sent to the space station in June on board SpaceX’s Dragon to be installed by Canadarm2. Reconfiguring the space station will continue until the end of 2015, and include several spacewalks to create primary and backup docking ports for the new vehicles.
This CSA animation was created in our training simulator (where astronauts and flight controllers learn to operate Canadarm2) to give you an idea of how the real operations will unfold. Because space robots move very slowly for safety reasons, this clip condenses a full day of robotics action into a one-minute video.
(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)