Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev will exit the area station round 10:30 a.m. ET to start their spacewalk, which is anticipated to final for about six and a half hours.
Artemyev can be identifiable within the Russian Orlan spacesuit bearing pink stripes, whereas Matveev is sporting 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 exterior the Russian Nauka multipurpose module. Their work started throughout a spacewalk on April 18.
On this preliminary spacewalk, the duo put in and related a management panel for the 37-foot-long (11.3-meter-long) robotic arm.
Matveev and Artemyev may 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 can be used to help spacewalkers and transport any gadgets that have to be moved exterior the area station’s Russian phase sooner or later.
It’s the fifth spacewalk exterior the area station this yr and the 250th total in assist of assembling, sustaining and upgrading the orbiting laboratory.
These paired excursions are the primary of upcoming spacewalks that can give attention to getting ready Nauka and the robotic arm for future use.