Canada will join NASA's space mission to put an orbiter around the Moon in a few years, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday.
The Gateway is envisioned by NASA as a small space station orbiting the Moon that will serve as a transfer point for astronauts traveling between Earth and the lunar surface.
NASA's goal is to create a sustainable architecture together with worldwide and commercial partners to support permanent lunar operations.
We are excited that Canada will be a vital ally in this lunar journey as they become the first global partner for the Gateway lunar outpost with their 24 year commitment to deep space exploration and collaboration.More news: Ad giant WPP sees profits sink amid restructuring costs
Trudeau committed $2.05 billion over 24 years toward the Canadian space program and $150 million over five years toward the Lunar Gateway, which will be about 109 metres in length.
The investment will create hundreds of well-paying jobs and contribute $100 million annually to Canada's gross domestic product, Trudeau said.
"The Lunar Gateway will be one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken by human beings to date", Trudeau said.
Canada's key contribution to the Lunar Gateway will be developing a smart robotic system, to be known as Canadarm 3.More news: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez threatened disloyal Dems with primary ‘list.’ Now she’s backtracking
According to the federal government, Canada will develop and contribute a smart robotic system - Canadarm3 - that will fix and maintain the Gateway.
He got a first-hand look at some of the technology while touring the agency with daughter Ella-Grace, manipulating a camera fixed to the space station and testing out a rover in an agency lab. "In the area of medical technology capability, I'm kind of a visionary person, I think that Canada has the ability to play a leadership role here, and some of the noteworthy areas of strength in Canada in health care are in areas of medical diagnostics, artificial intelligence", Dr. Thirks added.
We are thrilled to work with Canada on the next generation of its robotics to help carry out incredible missions at the Gateway lunar outpost and to collaborate in our future on the lunar surface and deep space. Top-performing participants will train with astronauts at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters, according to the feds. It's part of a bold directive from the President for the U.S.to lead a worldwide endeavor to open a new era of space exploration in a measured, sustainable way.
Canada brings the skill of space-based robotics to the undertaking.More news: Trump says he'll issue order protecting campus free speech
Leclerc said it's an exciting time in space - particularly with commercial human space flight on the horizon.