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2005-Jan-06, 06:26 PM
SUMMARY: NASA has given a Canadian firm the green light to begin developing a robotic salvage mission that could repair and upgrade the aging Hubble Space Telescope. The agency awarded a $154 million contract to Canada-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates. This is the same firm that developed the Canadarm, and contributed to the Mobile Servicing System on the International Space Station. MDA's solution is called Dextre: a two-armed robot that could perform all of the same maintenance tasks that had originally been designed for human astronauts. The move towards a robotic solution is still controversial, and NASA hasn't made the final decision on what to do with Hubble yet.

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2005-Jan-06, 06:40 PM
Well, I'm glad somebody cares about the Hubble...

2005-Jan-06, 08:20 PM
If nothing else, MD&A should be able to provide a very concise understanding of where the technical challenges lie, along with a reasonable approximation of the final cost.

2005-Jan-07, 10:07 AM
Hmm, I thought NASA had given up on the idea of a robotic repair. I guess that only applied to the usual NASA contractors such as Boeing and Mcdonald Douglass, If they can pull it off at a resonable price, then it is a good idea.

2005-Jan-07, 09:06 PM
Reading news like this makes me proud to be canadian :D:D

2005-Jan-07, 11:49 PM
Thank you Canada!!!