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Successful American spacewalk today on ISS

Two American astronauts today successfully completed the first American spacewalk this year on ISS.

The spacewalk, known as US EVA-27, was originally slated to occur in August, but was postponed due to concerns with the batteries in the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) spacesuits, which necessitated a delay while new Long Life Batteries (LLBs) were launched to the ISS aboard the recent CRS-4 Dragon and the Soyuz TMA-14M/40S on September 25, and subsequently installed into the suits.

The work done was mostly clean-up in preparation for a series of future spacewalks to reconfigure the American sections of ISS so that it can allow docking of two private manned capsules as well as two private cargo freighters.

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From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

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  • geoffc

    A PMA and the PMM need to be moved around to end up with 4 free docking/berthing ports.

    Nadir of Node 1 and Node 2 will have open CBM’s for cargo. And forward Node 2 and zenith Node 2 will have PMA’s for manned docking. (Bottom of Node1/Node2 for cargo, front end, and top of Node 2 for crew).

  • David M. Cook

    Wow! Docking ports for 4 private spacecraft? I call that a GOOD START!

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