From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, April 19, 2001
Space Shuttle Endeavour, with Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Chris Hadfield and Canadarm2 onboard, lifted off this afternoon at 2:41 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC). This mission will be a hallmark for Canada as Chris Hadfield performs the first Canadian spacewalk to install Canadarm2 on the International Space Station.
"All eyes are on Canada today," said the Honourable Brian Tobin, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the CSA, from KSC where he viewed the launch. "The leading-edge technology of Canadarm2 will build the Space Station. Chris Hadfield is delivering more than a robotic arm to the Station; he is taking to the Space Station Canadian ingenuity and innovation."
CSA President W. M. (Mac) Evans highlighted the importance of the mission for Chris Hadfield. "We will again be holding our breaths when, in a few days, Chris walks out into the vacuum of space-a first for a Canadian."
Canadarm2 is critical to the successful assembly of the Space Station-it will act as a "construction crane" to build the Station in space, and will be used on virtually every assembly mission. Canadarm2 is the major element of the Mobile Servicing System, Canada's contribution to the International Space Station. This next-generation robotic arm was built under the guidance of MD Robotics in Brampton, Ontario. Canadian companies from all regions of the nation participated in building Canadarm2.
Along with the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency, Canada is one of the five major partners in the International Space Station Project, the largest engineering project ever undertaken. Once complete, the Station will cover an area as large as a Canadian football field (108 x 74 metres) and will weigh 450 tons. Orbiting at an average altitude of 400 kilometres above the Earth, the Space Station flies over Canada regularly and is visible to the naked eye. In fact, it is the third brightest object in the night sky (to find out when the International Space Station will be visible in your area, visit the CSA Website at: http://www.space.gc.ca/track-station).
About the CSA
Established in 1989 with its headquarters situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services involving: Earth and the Environment; Space Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space Technologies; Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.
For more information:
CSA Media Relations Office
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Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
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