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Spacewalking Astronauts Complete Second Roll Out Solar Array Installation on Space Station
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Spacewalking Astronauts Complete Second Roll Out Solar Array Installation on Space Station

Spacewalkers (from left) Shane Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet work to put in new roll out photo voltaic arrays on the Worldwide Space Station’s P-6 truss construction on June 16, 2021. Credit score: NASA

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and ESA (European Space Company) astronaut Thomas Pesquet concluded their spacewalk at 2:37 p.m. EDT, after 6 hours and 45 minutes. Within the ninth spacewalk of the yr exterior the Worldwide Space Station, the 2 astronauts put in and deployed a brand new ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (iROSA) on the far finish of the left (port) facet of the station’s spine truss construction (P6).

It’s the second of six complete new iROSAs that will probably be put in within the coming years to improve the station’s energy provide and completes set up of the pair delivered aboard SpaceX’s cargo Dragon on the corporate’s 22nd business resupply providers mission to the station.

Kimbrough and Pesquet efficiently eliminated the array from its place within the flight assist gear, maneuvered it into place, linked {the electrical} cables, and launched it to increase the photo voltaic array to its totally deployed place on the 4B energy channel. After deployment, Pesquet additionally retrieved an articulating transportable foot restraint (APFR) to carry contained in the house station.

The 60-foot-long roll out photo voltaic arrays have been efficiently deployed in a course of that took about 10 minutes. Credit score: NASA

Throughout two spacewalks June 16 and 20, Kimbrough and Pesquet put in and deployed a brand new array on 2B energy channel additionally on the port 6 truss. Each new photo voltaic arrays are offering good energy era. Every new iROSA is predicted to supply greater than 20 kilowatts of electrical energy.

NASA is augmenting six of the eight current energy channels of the house station with new photo voltaic arrays to make sure a ample energy provide is maintained for NASA’s exploration expertise demonstrations for Artemis and past in addition to utilization and commercialization.

This was the ninth spacewalk for Kimbrough, the fifth for Pesquet, and the fifth they carried out collectively. Kimbrough has now spent a complete of 59 hours and 28 minutes spacewalking, and Pesquet’s complete spacewalking time is 33 hours precisely.

Space station crew members have carried out 241 spacewalks in assist of meeting and upkeep of the orbiting laboratory. Spacewalkers have now spent a complete of 63 days, 7 hours, and 41 minutes working exterior the station.

In November 2020, the Worldwide Space Station surpassed its 20-year milestone of steady human presence, offering alternatives for distinctive analysis and technological demonstrations that assist put together for long-duration missions to the Moon and Mars and likewise enhance life on Earth. In that point, 244 folks from 19 international locations have visited the orbiting laboratory that has hosted almost 3,000 analysis investigations from researchers in 108 international locations and space

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