Successful American spacewalk today on ISS

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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.



  • 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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