Over the last few years, a few different organizations have kick-started projects to research on-orbit satellite servicing. Goddard Spaceflight Center has the Robotic Refuelling Mission (RRM) on Space Station right now, MDA¬†Space Missions in Canada just completed the Next Generation Canadarm program to build two new robotic arms to service broken-down satellites on-orbit, and now also the DARPA Phoenix Program with the intent of re-purposing satellites that are currently in a graveyard… Read More

Canadian space robotics has a rich history that spans over three decades. The Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (SRMS), better known affectionately as the Canadarm 1, was deployed in 1981 to help maneuver payloads from the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle and then release into orbit. The Canadarm alongside the Orbiter Boom Sensor System, played a key role in the Shuttle’s return to flight after the loss of Columbia. The six-jointed manipulator… Read More