An investigation into the dangerous leak of water into a spacesuit during a spacesuit last July has found that NASA engineers had missed an earlier failure of the same suit.


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An investigation into the dangerous leak of water into a spacesuit during a spacesuit last July has found that NASA engineers had missed an earlier failure of the same suit.

The leak had first happened in a spacewalk a week earlier, and engineers misdiagnosed the problem. In addition, it appears they didn’t look closely enough at it.

Meanwhile, the investigation has pinpointed the cause of the leak as a clogged filter, but still could not trace what caused that clog.

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  • Kelly Starks

    And now we don’t have the capacity to fly the suits back down for major overhaul between flights. Oh joy.

  • Actually, both Dragon and Cygnus brought spacesuit parts and the appropriate tool kits up to ISS so that the astronauts could investigate and fix the problem. This is what made the spacewalks in December to fix the failed coolant pump possible. Moreover, the faulty part will be brought back to Earth in the next Dragon cargo ship for further investigation.

    The shuttle obviously had greater capabilities, but in the long run these private ships will do much much more.

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