2016-01-07 - The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has commissioned the design of an advanced vision system for Dextre, the International Space Station's (ISS's) robotic handyman.
Dextre will use the new hand-held tool to inspect the external surfaces of the orbiting laboratory and sleuth out signs of damage caused by natural ageing and by small meteorites and orbital debris that regularly hit the Station. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, Neptec.)
In space, it is critical that each astronaut be able to apply knowledge and skills for a specific mission as well as those that may be needed in the event of unforeseen circumstances. An astronaut must therefore have a wide variety of technical qualifications and interpersonal skills, which are developed through a customized training program that continues throughout his or her career—even during missions.
For five months, from December 21, 2012 to May 13, 2013, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield lived and worked aboard the International Space Station (ISS). He conducted Canadian and international science experiments, maintained the Space Station, operated Canadarm2 and performed robotics tasks. On March 13, 2013 he became the first Canadian Commander of the ISS. During his mission he captured in videos, photos and words his experience as an ISS astronaut.