Russian Cosmonauts Complete Spacewalk To Set Up 37-Foot-Long Robotic Arm

Spacewalkers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev Configure New Robotic Arm

Spacewalkers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev configure new robotic arm parts on the Nauka multiupurpose laboratory module. Credit score: NASA

Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev of Roscosmos concluded their spacewalk at 5:37 p.m. EDT immediately after 6 hours and 37 minutes. Russian spacewalk 52 started at 11:01 a.m. EDT to activate a brand new robotic arm hooked up to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module on the Worldwide Area Station by opening the hatch of the Poisk docking compartment airlock.

Russian cosmonauts Artemyev and Matveev accomplished their main targets for immediately by which they put in and related a management panel for the European robotic arm, a 37-foot-long manipulator system mounted to the just lately arrived Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Additionally they eliminated protecting covers from the arm and put in handrails on Nauka. The arm will probably be used to maneuver spacewalkers and payloads across the Russian section of the station.

Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov Spacewalk 2014

Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Alexander Skvortsov are pictured throughout a spacewalk in 2014 exterior the area station’s Russian section. Credit score: NASA

For this spacewalk, Artemyev was carrying a Russian Orlan spacesuit with pink stripes. Matveev was carrying a spacesuit with blue stripes. It was the fourth spacewalk in Artemyev’s profession, and the primary for Matveev. It is going to be the fourth spacewalk on the station in 2022 and the 249th spacewalk for area station meeting, upkeep, and upgrades.

Through the subsequent Russian spacewalk scheduled for Thursday, April 28, the duo will jettison thermal blankets used to guard the arm throughout its July 2021 launch with Nauka. They can even flex the arm’s joints, launch launch restraints, and monitor the arm’s capability to make use of two grapple fixtures.

Further spacewalks are deliberate to proceed outfitting the European robotic arm and to activate Nauka’s airlock for future spacewalks.

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