Saint-Hubert, August 15, 2000 – The Canadian Space Agency’s first
contribution to the International Space Station, the 18-meter long Space
Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), will be the subject of a media
event Wednesday, August 16, at the Kennedy Space Center. The SSRMS, the next
generation Canadarm, will play a key role in the building of the
International Space Station (ISS), as it will be used for the assembly of
the ISS and, later, for the maintenance of the Station.

During the event, the SSRMS will be hoisted from the floor of the Space
Station Processing Facility (SSPF) into a test stand where it will be mated
to its payload carrier. This pallet will later be installed into the payload
bay of Space Shuttle Endeavour for the launch of mission STS-100. Canadian
Space Agency’s astronaut Chris Hadfield will be participating in the mission
and will become the first Canadian ever to perform a space walk when he will
deliver and install the SSRMS on the ISS.

Media representatives can watch the event live on the Canadian Space
Agency’s Website at the following address:

Date: Wednesday, August 16, 2000

Time: 9:30 a.m. (EDT)

Established in 1989 and located in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian Space
Agency co-ordinates all elements of the Canadian Space Program and manages
five major sectors, which are: Earth and Environment, Satellite
Communications, Space Science, Generic Space Technologies and Human Presence
in Space. The Canadian Space Agency is committed to leading the development
and application of space-related knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and


For more information:

Caroline Lavallée

Senior Communications Officer

Canadian Space Agency

Tel.: (450) 926-4370