New Canadarms make debut

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New Canadarms make debut

Canada Unveils Next-Generation Robotic Arms for Spaceships
Elizabeth Howell, ContributorDate: 02 October 2012 Time: 05:00 PM ET

The Canadian-built robotic arms built for NASA's space shuttle fleet and the International Space Station are about to get two new siblings.

Last week, the Canadian Space Agency showed off the Next-Generation Canadarm (NGC) prototypes, which were unveiled after three years of development at Canadian company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. The mechanical limbs are the successors to the shuttle fleet's Canadarm and station's Canadarm2, which played pivotal rolls in the station's construction for more than a decade.