It seems NASA and other nations are focused on the exploration of the moon by robotics and eventually humans again. Canada, should the government choose to participate, can have a critical role.
In this, the second episode of our three part podcast Winter Series talks, we hear from MDA’s Paul Fulford on Deep Space Exploration Robotics for improved capability, utilization, and flexibility on a cislunar habitat. The talk is introduced by Daniel Rey of the Canadian Space Agency who also provides the conclusion.
The talk was part of NASA’s Future in Space Operations weekly teleconference series from mid-2018.
NASA has invited Canada to participate in its next big space program, a return to the moon as part of the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway program. While many in the Canadian space community support this effort, including the Canadian Space Agency, and though it is likely that Canada will participate, that final decision has yet to be announced by the government.
It’s clear from the current administration in the White House, and leaders at NASA, that the time to return to the moon is now. And it won’t be just government going, the U.S. is pushing the commercial sector to be a partner and to invest their money as well.
For Canada, being a part of the program means a seat at the table in what happens at the moon. Canada is looking to contribute robotic arms, lunar rovers, AI software, medical knowledge and equipment, and likely other technologies.
You’ll want to listen to the whole talk to understand how important robotics are to the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway program, how the concept has evolved, and how much how we’ll rely on robotics.
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