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Spacewalk on ISS canceled due to spacesuit issue

Two astronauts on ISS were forced today to abort their spacewalk soon after opening the hatch to go outside because a water issue in one suit.

This is the second time this spacewalk has been aborted. The first time, on June 13, 2024, was canceled due to an unspecified “spacesuit discomfort issue.”

This cancellation might cause a problem with the presently unscheduled return of Starliner, as its June 26, 2024 return was postponed to allow this spacewalk to take place without any schedule conflicts. Or it might simplify Starliner’s return, as the spacewalk will not happen due to spacesuit issues.

Note also that the American suits are old, and prone to these kinds of water leak issues. NASA started a project to replace them fifteen years ago, spent more than a billion on designs, getting nothing built, before abandoning its effort and awarding the project to two private companies.

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  • Richard M

    NASA started a project to replace them fifteen years ago, spent more than a billion on designs, getting nothing built, before abandoning its effort and awarding the project to two private companies.

    I guess the real EVA suits were the friends we made along the way.

  • Ray Van Dune

    Simple – the Crew Dragon that SpaceX sends up to get Butch and Sunny can bring some new suits… and a change of clothes for them too.

  • SamE

    This reminds me of Luca Parmitano nearly drowning during his July 2013 EVA.

  • Dick Eagleson

    The ISS continues its slow decay while NASA continues to botch what few efforts it has made to do anything to update its infrastructure. The only successful such upgrades have come from private-sector suppliers such as the late Bigelow’s BEAM module and the roll-out solar panel upgrades. Axiom and Collins are now in a race with time to get new suits designed and fielded before the badly superannuated antiques now in service seriously injure or kill someone.

  • BLSinSC

    Well sure, NASA is pretty much failing at the SPACE aspects of it’s “mission”, but they’re still going gangbusters on their MUSLIM OUTREACH – right? RIGHT???

    It would be interesting to see how exactly one goes about spending BILLIONS on DESIGNS and STILL end up with NOTHING! First of all you HAD suits that worked MOST of the time so the smart thing to do would be to id the areas of failure and FIX those! I’d guess they were looking for some sleek HOLLYWOOD designs that weren’t feasible! Still though an AUDIT of WHO got the money and WHAT was presented should be made PUBLIC!

  • Mark Sizer

    Still though an AUDIT of WHO got the money and WHAT was presented should be made PUBLIC!

    To what end? Just to pick an example, we know just about everything about the Solyndra boondoggle yet nothing has been done about it.

    To quote a (in)famous person, “at this point, what difference does it make?”

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