Canadian Space Agency (CSA): Development & Application of Space Knowledge
The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity. To achieve this, the Agency promotes an environment where all levels of the organization:
- pursue excellence collectively
- advocate a client-oriented attitude
- support employee-oriented practices and open communications
- commit itself to both empowerment and accountability and
- pledge to cooperate and work with partners to our mutual benefit
Mandate: To promote the peaceful use and development of space, to advance the knowledge of space through science and to ensure that space science and technology provide social and economic benefits for Canadians.
Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield Launchiversary
On December 18, 2012 CSA Astronaut Chris Hadfield launched to the International Space Station, capturing the world’s attention and igniting an interest in science and technology for a new generation of explorers. CSA is honoured to have worked with Chris bringing this mission and space exploration to Canadians. Click Here for more on Expedition 34-35.
Life in Orbit on International Space Station
Life in Orbit: The International Space Station is a new 2200 sq. ft. exhibition that tells the story of daily life aboard this marvel of technology. Find out how the Space Station stays up in space. Learn how the Station works through the eyes of the astronauts who have lived there. See realistic reproductions and dioramas, including the “Orbital Outhouse” and a sleeping compartment, as well as personal items that our Canadian astronauts have taken to space.
Discover how astronauts live in a microgravity environment (they “float” around!). Marvel at the important research performed high above the Earth, and discover Canada’s role in the international space program.
Life in Orbit is full of interactive experiences for all ages. Visitors can:
- Crawl through an authentically sized reproduction of the Station’s entry hatch.
- Guess which foods are permitted on the Station (and learn why).
- Turn a dial to “spin” through stunning images taken by astronauts in their free time on the Station.
- Lower a helmet over their head and view first-person footage of a spacewalk mission.
- Take the controls at the Canadarm2 simulator game.
- Feel what it is like to work with your hands in pressurized “spacewalk gloves.”
- Interact with touchscreens to learn how microgravity affects astronauts’ bodies and to discover three Canadian research projects on the Station.
- Immerse themselves in the Cupola—a 7-screened replica of the Station’s Cupola. This experience presents footage of various views of the Earth from the Station.
- Explore artefacts, images, and authentic reproductions, such as an EMU (spacewalk suit).
- View videos, many filmed by astronauts on the Station, explaining the complexities of life on the Station.
The Famed Canadarm Robotic Grappling Arm Used on ISS
After flawless launch SpaceX Dragon CRS-8 spacecraft was grappled by the International Space Station’s robotic Canadarm2 at 11:23 UTC on April 10, 2016 by British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, back on Earth June 18 after 186 days at ISS.
Canadarm2 Catches the Cygnus Resupply Spacecraft
Computer-generated animation of Cygnus’s cosmic catch and the docking to the International Space Station by Canadarm2 at an accelerated rate.
Exhibit for Canada’s National Space Icon: Canadarm
Canada is proud to welcome one of our greatest technological contributions to international space exploration, the original Canadarm flown on Space Shuttle Endeavour. See it at Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
Canadarm, Canada’s most famous robotic and technological achievement, made its space debut on the Space Shuttle Columbia (STS-2) on November 13, 1981. The design and building of the arm, also known as the Shuttle Remote Manipulator System, marked the beginning of Canada’s close collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in human space flight–a sterling example of successful international cooperation in space.
The Shuttle’s Canadarm wrapped up 30 years of successful operations when it was retired along with the Space Shuttle program after mission STS-135, which marked the robotic arm’s 90th flight. The arm’s legacy lives on, though, since it established Canada’s international reputation for robotics innovation and know-how and generated the family of Canadian robotics on board the International Space Station (ISS), as well as future generations to come. Its excellent performance record has inspired several generations of scientists and engineers as they develop new technologies for industry, medicine, and other applications.