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Canada to develop damage-check system for space station

Image: Esa/NASA

The Canadian Space Agency has awarded a C$1.7-million contract to an Ottawa-based company to develop a 3D vision system that will check for damage on the International Space Station.

The vision system, to be built by Neptec Design Group, will combine three systems, a 3D laser, a high-definition camera, and an infrared camera to scan the outside of the station, looking for signs of wear and tear, as well as damage from small meteorites and space debris. It will also be able to assist in the docking of visiting spacecraft.

“Designing and developing technology for the International Space Station has allowed Canadian space companies to become world leaders in space robotics and optics,” said Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science, and economic development. “The government of Canada is pleased to contribute this new technology that combines these strengths, while giving the world a new vantage point on the International Space Station.”

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