Saint-Hubert, Quebec, June 14, 2001 – Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Astronaut
Julie Payette, today, became the first Canadian astronaut to receive the
Mobile Servicing System Robotics Operator (MRO) badge.

This certification is presented to astronauts who have successfully
completed CSA’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 CSA President Mac Evans. “Today’s celebration is especially
important in that we are awarding this badge to Julie Payette, a member of
our own team.”

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 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).

Please note that betacam footage of Ms. Payette training in the MOTS, and
action photos are available upon request.

About the Canadian Space Agency

Established in 1989 with its headquarters in St Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian
Space Agency co-ordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through
its Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development business line,
the CSA delivers services in the following areas: Earth and the Environment,
Space Science, Human Presence in Space, Satellite Communications, Generic
Space Technologies, Space Qualification Services and Awareness. The Canadian
Space Agency is at the forefront of the development and application of space
knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.

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