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Canadian astronaut gets “MRO” badge

Saint-Hubert, Que. -- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette is the first Canadian astronaut to receive an "...


Saint-Hubert, Que. — Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette is the first Canadian astronaut to receive an “MRO” badge. The designation signifies she is a Mobile Servicing System Robotics Operator (MRO).

This certification is presented to astronauts who have successfully completed the Canadian Space Agency’s rigorous training course on Canadarm2 operations.

“All astronauts and cosmonauts come to Canada to train in our world-class facilities. Canada’s expertise has made us a leader in the field of robotics,” said Mac Evans, president of the Canadian Space Agency.

Astronauts from around the world receive their training at the Mobile Servicing System Training and Simulation Centre (MOTS) at CSA’s headquarters. During the two-week sessions, they are trained by a team of expert robotics instructors to operate, first and foremost, the Canadarm2.

Future students will also learn to operate the Mobile Base System (MBS) and eventually the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). The MBS and the SPDM will be installed on the International Space Station in the future. Together these components make up the majority of Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station, the Mobile Servicing System (MSS).