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MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA) will be designing a robotic hand for the Gateway

Through its space agency, Canada says that they will be giving a contract to MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA) so that they can design a robotic hand for the lunar Gateway. This agreement involves the development of a robotic hand called Canadarm3, which is 8.5 meters in length and another smaller but agile hand. This agreement also consists of a system of equipment that houses the artificial intelligence so that the hands can be manipulable artificially without human control. 

The real tune of money involved in this contract is unknown. The Canadian Space Agency is also secretive about the timeframe for designing the Canadarm3. The agency says that they will be collaborating with architects to finalize the unfinished Gateway before revealing the development period of the Canadarm3. The design period of the Canadarm3 will be slot in the lunar Gateway program. 

MDA is the best firm for this project, given its ability after it developed the first arm, Canadarm, for a space vehicle, Canadarm2, and Dexter manipulator, which are now in action at the International Space Station. Initially, this firm was a branch of Maxar before a sellout to Canadians. 

The Canadian government views this deal as a method of advancing the country into space robot technology. Canada’s minister of innovation, science, and industry Navdeep Bains stated that this contract is an indicator that they can become a global forerunner in venturing and designing space robotics. The minister hopes that this contract can create employment opportunities for the citizens and bring economic gains to Canada. He is looking forward to an advanced Canadian space industry with elite experts and professionals. 

Canada intends to utilize this contract to implement the Industrial and Technological Benefits Policy to slot in other Canadian firms as suppliers of essential components. The Canadian government expressed its commitment to serve the lunar Gateway by generating Canadarm3 early last year. 

The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, submitted that they would be using $1.5 billion in the coming years to venture lunar missions. This stash will cover Canadarm3 and Lunar Exploration Accelerator Program to implement science and technology programs for moon exploration. Trudeau’s statement comes after it was visible that the Gateway will be docking astronauts on the moon by 2028. 

However, the US Vice President Mike Pence told NASA at the National Space Council to reschedule the launch of the Gateway to 2024, making NASA restrategize on the finality of the space vehicle. 

In conclusion, NASA retorts that the Gateway and Canadarm3 are its long-term lunar programs, and therefore they are at liberty to take time and effectively complete these programs. NASA says that the only things they can launch are two imitations of the Gateway, the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO), as an individual component 2023. This launch will be part and parcel of the Orion moon-landing program.