Episode 6: Manipulators

A CubeSat deployed from the Kibo arm, operated by Sam Christoforetti the week this show aired.

A CubeSat deployed from the Kibo arm, operated by Sam Christoforetti the week this show aired.

Scott Parazynski on the end of OBSS, being gripped by Canadarm2

Scott Parazynski on the end of OBSS, being gripped by Canadarm2

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took one of my favorite space images: MSL slowing down under its parachute. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took one of my favorite space images: MSL slowing down under its parachute. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

Closeup of a grapple fixture on ISS

Closeup of a grapple fixture on ISS

Canadarm2 during a capture practice session focusing on backup systems. Click through for more details.

Canadarm2 during a capture practice session focusing on backup systems. Click through for more details.

ISS Commander Koichi Wakata poses with the end effector of Canadarm2. Notice the three semicircle indentations set in the collar of the inner chamber? Those fit with the "ramps" on a grapple fixture.

ISS Commander Koichi Wakata poses with the end effector of Canadarm2. Notice the three semicircle indentations set in the collar of the inner chamber? Those fit with the "ramps" on a grapple fixture.