Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev exited the house station at 10:58 a.m. ET to start their spacewalk, which is anticipated to final for about six and a half hours.
Artemyev will likely be identifiable within the Russian Orlan spacesuit bearing purple stripes, whereas Matveev is carrying a spacesuit with blue stripes. That is the second spacewalk for Matveev and the fifth for veteran spacewalker Artemyev.
Artemyev and Matveev are conducting work on the robotic arm outdoors the Russian Nauka multipurpose module. Their work started throughout a spacewalk on April 18.
On this preliminary spacewalk, the duo put in and linked a management panel for the 37-foot-long (11.3-meter-long) robotic arm.
Matveev and Artemyev will even check the mechanism’s first motions. The cosmonauts will flex the robotic arm’s joints, launch restraints and check its grappling potential.
This robotic arm will likely be used to help spacewalkers and transport any gadgets that must be moved outdoors the house station’s Russian phase sooner or later.
It’s the fifth spacewalk outdoors the house station this 12 months and the 250th general in help of assembling, sustaining and upgrading the orbiting laboratory.
These paired excursions are the primary of upcoming spacewalks that can concentrate on making ready Nauka and the robotic arm for future use.