European robotic arm interface

European robotic arm interface

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Caption: European robotic arm interface. Engineer using a computer simulation to test the controls for the European Robotic Arm (ERA). The tests are being carried out by the ERA's manufacturer Dutch Space, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The ERA will be used on the International Space Station (ISS). The arm is 11.5 metres long, and it will be able to move loads of up to 8 tonnes, including cargo and astronauts. It will also be able to move around the outside of the ISS, carrying out automated repairs. The arm, which can be controlled manually from inside and outside the ISS, will be attached to the Zvezda module. The ERA was built in 2005 and is currently being tested. It is scheduled for launch in 2009.

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