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Gateway Does Not Need Canadarm3 For #Moon2024

By Keith Cowing
May 16, 2019
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Gateway Does Not Need Canadarm3 For #Moon2024

Accelerated NASA Moon Landing Plan Doesn’t Need Canadian Robotic System, SpaceQ
“So with NASA deferring elements of the Gateway not needed for the new plan, comes the question of whether Canada’s robotic system is needed to as part of the revised 2024 plan. In a follow-up email with Gerstenmaier, SpaceQ asked, with the updated moon plan and the revised architecture, is the expected Canadian contributed robotic arm (Canadarm 3) one of the capabilities needed to support a lunar landing in 2024? Gerstenmaier replied that “at this point in our planning the robotic arm is not required for the 2024 landing.” He also said “we would like the arm as soon as available. The CSA arm concept is very creative and be used inside as well.”
U.S. Moon Plans Are Causing Concern for the International Partners Including Canada, SpaceQ
“In a follow-up email with Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA’s Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, Gerstenmaier wanted to provide a further comment on the matter. He said “the arm is not absolutely required for the lunar landing. We are making accommodations for the arm in early Gateway and will be ready to use the arm as soon as it is available.”
NASA Secures First International Partnership for Moon to Mars Lunar Gateway, NASA (28 February 2019)
“Today, Canada leads the world in space-based robotic capabilities, enabling critical repairs to the Hubble Space Telescope and construction of the International Space Station. Our new collaboration on Gateway will enable our broader international partnership to get to the Moon and eventually to Mars.”

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