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SPACE FLIGHT 2001 -- Other Countries Space Activities

In Latin America, Chile, Brazil and Argentina continued efforts to develop their space launch and operations capability for garnering a share of future satellite markets, even though in 2001 there were no launches from these countries.

In Canada, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) continued work on its contribution to the ISS partnership, the Space Station Mobile Service System (SSMSS), consisting of the Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Canadarm2, the Mobile Base System (SSMBS), and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). Canada has also a very active Canadian Astronaut Program. In 2001, the 3960 lbs (1800 kg) SSRMS was carried into space by space shuttle Endeavour on Mission 6A (April 19-May 1) and mounted to the ISS' Lab module by spacewalkers Scott Parazynski and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.