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Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Julie Payette Becomes the First Canadian Astronaut to Complete Training on Canadarm2

Press Release From: Canadian Space Agency
Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2001

Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 14, 2001 - Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut Julie Payette, today, became the first Canadian astronaut to receive the Mobile Servicing System Robotics Operator (MRO) badge.

This certification is presented to astronauts who have successfully completed CSA's rigorous training course on Canadarm2 operations.

"All astronauts and cosmonauts come to Canada to train in our world-class facilities. Canada's expertise has made us a leader in the field of robotics," said CSA President Mac Evans. "Today's celebration is especially important in that we are awarding this badge to Julie Payette, a member of our own team."

Astronauts from around the world receive their training at the Mobile Servicing System Training and Simulation Centre (MOTS) at CSA's headquarters. During the two-week sessions, they are trained by a team of expert robotics instructors to operate, first and foremost, the Canadarm2. Future students will also learn to operate the Mobile Base System (MBS) and eventually the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). The MBS and the SPDM will be installed on the Station in the future. Together these components make up the majority of Canada's contribution to the International Space Station, the Mobile Servicing System (MSS).

Please note that betacam footage of Ms. Payette training in the MOTS, and action photos are available upon request.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters in St Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space Agency co-ordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line, the CSA delivers services in the following areas: 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.

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

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