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Submission + - Dextre Rises (aviationweek.com)

pnewhook writes: Canada’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, or Dextre, has been declared fit for duty aboard the International Space Station, following a lengthy apprenticeship that came to an end with a pre-Christmas demonstration of the muscular robot’s fine sense of touch.
The Dec. 23-24 exercise, carried out by U.S. and Canadian experts from NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston, certified Dextre for the removal of external cargo from Japan’s second unmanned H-II Transfer Vehicle. The transport capsule, Kounotori, is scheduled to begin a seven-day journey to the station with a Jan. 20 launching from the Tanegashima Space Center.

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