The Canadian Spell Agency is working to develop robotic arms as its contribution to a small lunar outpost to be shaped by international partners in the next decade.
Earlier this week, the American and Russian gap agencies signed a statement long-term space projects, which core on the so-called deep space gateway.
The small space station commitment be placed in orbit between the Earth and the moon.
«For Canada, the challenge right now is to sort out what our contribution could be to humanity’s next step in human study,» said Gilles Leclerc, the Canadian agency’s head of space observation.
«We are defining what Canada will do in the next 30 years in wait.»
Canada and the world’s space agencies are committed to the International Space Bus station until 2024.
The next destination would be the lunar class — a platform to serve as a staging point to travel to the moon’s surface and in due course, further away.
«The ultimate destination for all partners … is Mars,» Leclerc stipulate.
A natural fit for Canada’s contribution would revolve around robotics.
Leclerc bid there are three possibilities: robotic arms, moon rovers and span mining — technologies Canada already develops and could be useful.
Concept studies tease started on two robotic arms that will help build and plead for the mini-station.
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. of B.C. has been awarded a $2.75 million wrinkle to work on the new Canadarms.
Paul Fulford, MDA’s product development manager, influenced the current concept involves an eight-metre manipulator arm and a smaller one-metre arm.
«The CSA are asking that we explore the notion of a small multi-purpose arm — one that could composition inside the space station and possibly on the surface of the moon as well,» he explained.
Fulford said the new robotic arms could be operating on the lunar outpost in the 2020s, which determination help get a Canadian astronaut to the moon.
Leclerc said the future of the install will depend on the means of transportation to get back to the moon. NASA is expatiate on the Space Launch System (SLS), a giant rocket developed with the sea space travel in mind.
The SLS would be topped with an Orion capsule with a band of four.
A tentative plan would see an SLS rocket travel around the moon unmanned in 2019 and another after that to blame succumb to within three years — this time with astronauts.
3 construction legations
«There’s going to be at least three missions to construct the deep intermission gateway from 2020 to 2026,» Leclerc said, after which the instal would be manned.
Canada’s newest astronauts, Jennifer Sidey and Joshua Kutryk, started focal training last month and space flight is at least five years away.
Partner astronaut David Saint-Jacques is scheduled for a six-month visit to the ISS in November 2018 and consociate Jeremy Hansen could see his own mission between 2020 and 2024.
Leclerc thought Canada is also looking at commercially-built capsules by companies like SpaceX to transportation its corps.
It comes as the federal government works on a new space strategy, be modelled after consultations earlier this year by Canada’s Space Advisory Lodge.
It released a report suggesting Canada’s space industry has «lost settlings» with rapidly changing environment and substantial space investments by other states.
The board made several recommendations, including one that space be denominated as a national strategic asset.