Nov 13, 2018

By Michael Kramer

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The head of the U.S. space agency says Canada’s knowledge of artificial intelligence – will be useful for exploring the moon – if we want to come along.

Jim Bridenstine is the administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He says Canada has developed crucial artificial intelligence-based robotics technology that could help operate the next-generation outpost – America is planning to send into lunar orbit.

He began a two-day trip to Ottawa today by taking part in a demonstration at Carleton University by Mission Control – a Canadian company working on robotic technology that can be used to test soil samples.

Bridenstine says he wants Canada’s decades-long space partnership with the U.S. to continue – as it embarks on the creation of its new Lunar Gateway.

Bridenstine is to give a keynote address on Wednesday at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada – where speculation is high that Canada’s participation in the Lunar Gateway – NASA’s next-generation space project – is expected to be announced.

The Canadian Space Agency recently issued tenders – for projects designed to position Canada to contribute to future space missions – involving human and robotic exploration.

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