Cost Cited In Dextre Commissioning Delay

By Frank Morring, Jr.

Final checkout of Canada’s robotic special purpose dexterous manipulator (SPDM) is expected next spring or summer, once engineers complete analysis of the force needed to remove a failed power controller on the International Space Station.

The two-armed SPDM, known as Dextre, was not able to pull the unit during a July rehearsal because the ...

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