In this activity, students build a replica of the Latching End Effector on Canadarm 2 out of foam cups, string and tape.
Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station (ISS) (a research laboratory that orbits the Earth) is the Mobile Servicing System (MSS): a three-part robotics system that built and now maintains the ISS. Astronaut Dr. Judith Resnik developed the NASA software and onboard operating procedures for the system. Because of this MSS, scientists from Canada, the United States, Japan, Russia and Europe can work together to conduct research in space.
There are three parts to the Mobile Servicing System:
- the Mobile Base
- Canadarm 2