A piece of space junk crashes into a robotic arm aboard the International Space Station. But close-range operations should not be affected. according to the relevant departments
CSA officials said in a blog post Friday (May 28), CSA officials said in a blog post on Friday (May 28), CSA officials said in a blog post on Friday. 28 May) that the robot operator found a hole in the station’s station Canadarm2. Officials call this hole a The “gamble” due to the relatively small arms, which is 57.7 feet (17.6 meters) long and only 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter.
The size of the hole is not clear in the picture. And if the debris has passed all the way through, however, it appears Canadarm2̵7;s role in keeping the space station properly maintained can continue without interruption. After careful work from both CSA and NASA
“Continued analysis indicates that arm performance remains unaffected. Damage is limited to a small fraction. of the boom arm and heat shield,” the CSA said in a blog post.
Canadarm2 is slated to move Dextre, the Canadian robotics hand, to where it will replace a faulty power switch box called the Remote Power Control Module, but the CSA added that functionality should not be affected in any way. and Dextre usually operates from CSA’s headquarters near Montreal, Quebec.
Orbital debris is a growing problem in low-Earth orbit due to the number of CubeSat launches that arrive there in fleets for broadband services and other applications (in fact, SpaceX will now Send tons of Starlinks to space almost every week. including on Wednesday)
Some of these orbits intersect where the space station operates at an inclination of 52 degrees to an altitude of about 450 miles (450 km), but natural space dust and other objects are still present. It’s also dangerous. “A number of small objects from stone or dust to the color of the satellite too small to be examined,” the CSA said in a blog post.
Orbiting crews have seen holes in the space station’s solar panels before, such as the “bullet holes” that Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield tweeted during his final mission in 2012-2013. Tiny chunks from the universe pass through our solar panels,” Hadfield wrote in April 2013, suspecting that the holes were caused by tiny space rocks called micromethioroids. “Glad it missed the hull”
The US Space Surveillance Network closely monitors at least 23,000 softball-sized or larger space fragments in orbit. If someone approaches the ISS, the station may change its position slightly or NASA can command the crew to take refuge. The last time it happened in September.
Damage from space rocks or orbiting debris is one of the main threats to ISS operations. including natural deterioration (Due to various parts In orbit since 1998) NASA combats aging issues with regular maintenance and replacement.
The Canadarm robotic arm has a similar status to the domestic symbol that created Canadarm2 technology, emblazoned on the back of the Canadian $5 note, along with Dextre and an astronaut.
The original Canadarm, which served the space shuttle program between 1981 and 2011, has sent numerous satellites and space missions, such as the Hubble Space Telescope. One arm was later converted into a robotic boom to aid in the search for broken tiles under space. The shuttle Dextre, launched in 2008 as a “maintenance mechanic” for equipment installation and replacement. or components Along with acting as a test bed for robotics technology, the CSA said on its website.
More recently, the Canadian government announced plans for the Advanced Canadarm3 in 2019, which will serve as an artificial intelligence-adapted robotic assistant on NASA’s planned Gateway space station. Fly astronauts and science into space using US hardware. The Canadarm3 pledge has given NASA a pledge to send Canadians on a mission to orbit the moon Artemis 2.
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