Latest Multipurpose Laboratory Module Stories

2010-05-12 11:36:41

Space Shuttle Atlantis, ready for liftoff on Friday, will deliver important hardware from Europe to the International Space Station: spare portions of the European Robotic Arm and the first Russian payloads to use the arm. The European Robotic Arm (ERA) is the second 'intelligent' robot arm for the International Space Station (ISS). The first, used extensively for ISS assembly for almost 10 years, is Canadarm-2 "“ an iconic part of the ISS photos. The second arm, for launch in 2012,...

2009-11-10 14:08:29

Russia's space agency on Tuesday launched a new module with plans to revive its efforts to add to the International Space Station. The Poisk ("Quest") Mini-Research Module-2 represents the country's first mission to resume construction on the ISS after almost a decade of economic problems that kept the space agency from any development on the orbiting outpost. The MIM-2 module launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1422 GMT. The MIM-2 module is the first of three components Russia intends to...

2004-12-03 07:40:00

ESA -- The WET model of the European Robotic Arm (ERA) was comprehensively inspected and tested at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre near Moscow last week. ESA astronaut Andr© Kuipers donned a Russian Orlan spacesuit for the occasion. He spent over three hours underwater with the model of the robotic arm, which was built in 1998, but is nevertheless in perfect condition. Impressive The impressive robotic arm is over eleven metres in length and weighs 630 kg. Once ERA reaches...

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