The Russians announced yesterday that they plan the full and permanent repair of the small inch-long crack leaking air on ISS to occur in December, after required material is shipped to the station.
According to the official, the crack was the width of a hair and located in a hard-to-reach spot of Zvezda’s shell.
Solovyov did not specify the spacecraft that will deliver the sealing materials to the ISS, but the only one scheduled to fly in December is Cargo Dragon, a reusable freight spaceship of US private company SpaceX. The soonest flight of a Russian cargo spacecraft — Progress MS-16 — has been postponed until December 2021.
They also plan a spacewalk in the next two weeks to inspect the exterior of the Zvezda module where the crack is located.
I have yet to see an image of the crack itself. Why none has been made easily available is somewhat puzzling.
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