International Space Station's Computers Up and Running - Canadian Handshake to Take Place Tomorrow

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2001

Good news greeted the flight controllers of the International Space Station this morning. Expedition Two's Susan Helms reported that the Space Station's computer systems are in the early stages of recovery following an unexpected and unexplained shutdown Tuesday night. Flight controllers will continue to conduct extensive testing today to analyse the exact nature of yesterday's problem. Given the continued success of the computer recovery, the robotic manoeuvre dubbed the first Canadian "handshake" in space may take place tomorrow, Friday, April 27 (exact time to be confirmed).

Canadarm2 is still activated with prime power and remains fully operational. The computer difficulties experienced yesterday were related to the Space Station's systems, and did not involve Canadarm2.

Meanwhile, the STS-100 and Expedition Two crews are busy completing the transfer of 1800 kg of equipment, scientific experiments and supplies from the Italian Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, a type of space "moving van," to the Station.

Pending the restoration of the Station's computers, Canadarm2 will resume its operations tomorrow. The Station arm will hand its 1300 kg pallet back to the Shuttle's robotic arm for return to Earth. Afterwards, Canadarm2 will do a practice run for the next shuttle assembly mission in June 2001, when the robotic arm will lift the Space Station's new airlock out of the space shuttle's payload bay and install it on the Station.

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For more information, contact:
Media Relations Office
Canadian Space Agency
Tel.: (450) 926-4345 or 4370
Fax: (450) 926-4352

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