Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Canadarm II Dextre Test Fixture For Sale
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Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Canadarm II Dextre Test Fixture:
A Rare Piece of Canada’s $200 Million Dollar Contribution
To the International Space Station (ISS) Project
Available for Immediate Sale
Genuine SED Systems Inc.
Part No 38117ASSY116850-1 Serial No. 0001
Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)
Test Fixture & Breakout Box
Beaconsfield Electronics proudly brings you this once in a lifetime opportunity to own this rare and unique piece of International Space Station history
The Ultimate Canadian Space Technology Museum Exhibit!
Private Space Hardware Collector’s acquisition!
An item, in our opinion, which played a critical role in Canada’s design, development and testing of the highly successful Robotic Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) part of the Space Station Mobile Servicing System (MSS) also referred to as “DEXTRE” by the astronauts using the MSS to service the International Space Station
This unit is a Test Fixture & Breakout Box manufactured bySED Systems Inc. of Saskatoon Saskatchewanwhich participated as a partner selected by NASA to design and build ground-based systems and coordinate Canadian planning, training and monitoring activities associated with the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). Several thousands of man-hours were spent by countless numbers of aerospace engineers developing and testing this rare piece of Canadian Space Testing Hardware.
An incredibly rare Space Hardware Testing item which represents one of thepinnaclesof Canada’s Space Industry’s ingenuity and leadership in the field of Space Robotics. We believe this Test Fixture and Breakout Box is the only remaining unit of its kind, manufactured bySED Systems Inc. used to support The International Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Project.
SSRMS Test Fixture Breakout Box comprised of the following hardware:
to simulate the Robotic And Mission Planning System (RAMPS).
RAMPS was used to simulate on-orbit operations of the Space
Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and SPDM.
SSRMS Test Fixture & Breakout Box supplied with the following:
Leader Design Inc.
73 Hi Resolution 4" X 6" Glossy Photo Prints of the following:
- STS-123 Crew who delivered Canadarm II Dextre to the International Space Station
- Canadarm II Dextre arrival, Launch Processing & Preperation at Kennedy Space Center
- Canadarm II Dextre being installed on the International Space Station
- Various photos of the International Space Station taken duringspace walks toinstall Dextre
- Various photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-123 from the International Space Station
- Beautiful Earth views at night from the International
SSRMS Test Fixture & Display Case Physical Size and Weights:
·The SSRMS Test Fixture & Breakout Box is housed in a steel lab type instrument case measuring W=25 in. - H=11in. - D=17.25 in. and
weighs 52 lbs. with lifting provisions for 2 person carrying
·The Portable Pop-Up Display Carrying Case measures H=48 in. x D=12 in. weighs 22 lbs. with wheels on the base & carrying handle
A Brief Description of Canada’s $200 million Dollar Contribution
The International Space Station (ISS) Project
The Mobile Servicing System (MSS)
In the past, Canada contributed to the U.S. space program with the very successful Canadarm, which has flown on almost every space shuttle flight. When asked to join in the space station program, it was logical for Canada to build on this expertise. Canada insisted that its participation should entail more than the provision of a piece of hardware because it wanted to ensure that its involvement would continue after the station became operational. After the U.S. had agreed to this demand, Canada agreed to design, build, and operate the MSS. It is worth noting that, until Russia became involved in the program, Canada was the only foreign country supplying what is known as a mission-critical element of the station, i.e., one that must operate on time and in the prescribed fashion in order for the mission to continue.
The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)
The MSS has played the main role in the assembly and maintenance of the space station by: moving equipment and supplies around the station; supporting astronauts during EVAs (extra vehicular activities); and servicing instruments and other payloads attached to the station. In addition, the MSS will be used for docking the visiting space shuttles and for loading and unloading the shuttle cargo bay. Canada is responsible for the total design, development and long-term operation of the MSS.
MSS consists of two main elements. The first is the RMS (or, in more recent U.S. terminology, the SSRMS or Space Station Remote Manipulator System), which represents the next generation of the Canadarm which flew on the four space shuttles. The new arm has seven, rather than six, motor-driven, computer-controlled joints. The extra joint means the arm can now mimic most human arm movements. The arm is 17.6 m (58feet) long and has a payload capacity of 116,000 kg (128 tons). The SSRMS has been built, and has successfully passed the ISS safety review and the Acceptance Review process, and was delivered to NASA in February 1999. Installed on the ISS, it moves along the truss structure of the station on a mobile transporter, or base system, which also was supplied by Canada.
The Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator (SPDM)
The SSRMS is also designed to accommodate a second, smaller element, known as the SPDM or special purpose dextrous manipulator. This robot (known affectionately to its developers as “Hector the Erector”) has two seven-jointed arms, each about 2 m (6.65 ft) long; its remarkable mechanical dexterity which enables it to undertake more delicate jobs such as working on electrical circuits, fuel lines and cooling systems. Advances in robotics, vision systems and artificial intelligence have provided the SPDM with very human-like senses. For example, the SPDM has three separate cameras which allow it to “see” its way around the station. It can recognize targets and adjust its own position in response. Sophisticated software programs also prevent the two arms from colliding with one another, and automatically keep the elbow from hitting anything, or anyone, when the arms are reaching to grasp a target. In addition to seeing, with the help of the space vision system, this robot can also “feel.” It is equipped with force-sensing systems which tell it just how hard it is touching, pushing, pulling or twisting something. Given this ability, the SPDM can be used to repair and/or replace delicate electronic parts or tighten bolts without risk of stripping them. These abilities will relieve astronauts of the necessity to go out into space to undertake most routine repairs.
The SSRMS and SPDM were designed for a lifetime greater than ten years, and must withstand the stresses of prolonged exposure in space with maximum reliability. Canada’s success in meeting the stringent demands for the Canadarm led NASA to entrust Canadians with the SSRMS and SPDM development.
The industrial team responsible for most of the SSRMS and SPDM components reflects the goal of spreading the government space-related expenditures throughout the country.
The team is headed by Spar Aerospace (based in Montreal and Toronto). Other companies involved include IMP Group (Halifax), CAE Electronics (Montreal), CAL Corporation (Ottawa), SED Systems (Saskatoon)  and MacDonald Dettwiler Associates (Richmond, B.C.). The SPDM is expected to be delivered to NASA in 2001, and will be installed aboard the International Space Station during a future mission.
The ground-based MSS Operations Complex (MOC)
Canada’s Space Station Program also includes highly sophisticated ground facilities. The ground-based segment is known as the MSS Operations Complex (MOC) and is located at Canadian Space Agency (CSA) headquarters in Saint-Hubert, Quebec. It provides the infrastructure, resources, equipment and expertise for MSS space operations. The MOC is a state-of-the-art centre that houses a number of operation and training facilities, including the Space Station Operations Support Centre, MSS Simulation Facility, Operations Kinematic Simulator and the Canadian SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) Training Facility. As the CSA noted in a recent publication, “Controllers use the MOC to plan complex SSRMS manoeuvres before they are put into action on Space Station. They will also monitor the health of the MSS and its complex hardware and software systems. Space Station astronauts and cosmonauts from many countries visit the MOC to learn about the MSS and how to operate it in the rigours of space.”
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To the International Space Station Program
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