John’s Believe It Or Not… November 12th

* 1981 – Canadarm performs flawlessly on shuttle Columbia. * 1954 Ellis Island closes. * 1775 Abigail Adams leads rhetorical charge against Britain. * 1948 Japanese war criminals sentenced. * 1980 Voyager I flies near Saturn.

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* 1981 – Canadarm performs flawlessly on shuttle Columbia.

It was on this day in 1981 that the Canadarm Remote Manipulator System (RMS) performs flawlessly in four hours of tests on board the space shuttle Columbia STS-2.
Tests conducted by Canada’s $100 million robot arm, made by Spar Aerospace in Toronto, included manual and automatic modes of operation, ease of control, operation of joints and positioning accuracy. Its wrist-mounted camera was also put through its paces. Continue reading “John’s Believe It Or Not… November 12th”