On its website, June 26, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) posted a message about robotic manipulators. Over the next five years, they are planned to be created as an addition to the lunar lock.
Robotics called Canadarm3 will be produced under a joint contract with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA). It is reported that CSA has plans for a long-term cooperation to create a whole system of robotic manipulators. The value of the CSA contract will not be made public. The Canadian Space Agency expects that by 2025 it will already have finished products. As for the launch of the manipulators, the date will depend on the working schedule of the lunar gateway.
The system includes robotic arms: one such manipulator is 8.5 m long, and the second is smaller and more mobile; the same system will include a set of AI tools and technologies. Thanks to such a robotic system, it will be possible to carry out operations on the lunar lock without human help; and in the future they are planned to be used both for the study of the moon and the knowledge of deep space.
The plans for the development of the Lunar Gateway were announced by the Government of Canada in February 2019. According to Prime Minister Trudeau, approximately 2 billion Canadian dollars will be allocated for the construction of the gateway, which is expected to be implemented over the next 24 years. Two programs are included as an integral part of this project, namely: the Canadarm3 mobile service system program and the Lunar Exploration Accelerator program.