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JP...space station robot known as Dextre demanded..........

by WOODS-HICK / April 4, 2008 7:35 AM PDT
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I watched some of the assembly on NASA tv
by JP Bill / April 4, 2008 1:13 PM PDT
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here's a pic of JV arriving
by WOODS-HICK / April 5, 2008 12:48 AM PDT
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080405.html

dextre does look as it needs plenty of space to operate, but reports indicate it does the job. hey it's a robot not a micro-surgeon (yet?). I wouldn't pick a fight with it, probably nimble enough to kick my butt to the next constellation. I just got an idea for a pay-per-view fight with the next robot that goes to space. perfect way to get dollars for nasa, engage the masses.

if there cutbacks that would be a shame. why cut back on things that advance civilization and continue to fund blowing it up. I fail to see the logic with my humanitarian eyes.
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Dextre.."The Magnificent"...Not For Sale.
by JP Bill / April 10, 2008 1:21 PM PDT
Federal government blocks sale of MDA space division

In an unprecedented move, the federal government has blocked the $1.3-billion sale of the space technology division of Vancouver-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates to a U.S. firm.

In a letter this week to Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), Industry Minister Jim Prentice said he is "not satisfied" the sale will be a net benefit for Canada.

Minister of Industry Jim Prentice, shown at a technical briefing on Radarsat-2 in October, has blocked the sale of the satellite and the company that built it. Minister of Industry Jim Prentice, shown at a technical briefing on Radarsat-2 in October, has blocked the sale of the satellite and the company that built it.
(Canadian Space Agency)

Alliant has been given 30 days to state its case to win approval for the sale.

MDA wanted to sell its space division, which includes Canadarm, Dextre and the Radarsat-2 satellite, to Minneapolis-based Alliant, a major U.S. defence contractor.

Critics of the sale, including former Canadian Space Agency head Marc Garneau, had called on Prentice to block the deal, saying it handed over taxpayer-funded technology and, in the case of Radarsat-2, gave away technology designed to protect Canada's sovereignty.

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