A Russian EVA has begun on the outside of the International Space Station (ISS) with two Russian cosmonauts set to deploy several nanosatellites, collect research samples and perform structural maintenance. Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy exited the station’s Pirs airlock at approximately 14:37 UTC.
Named EVA-43 – or RS-43 – in the Russian spacewalk listings, both spacewalkers are wearing Russian Orlan spacesuits bearing blue stripes, although Although Yurchikhin’s suit is Orlan MKS number 4, with number 6 for Ryazanskiy.
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The highly experienced Yurchikhin is designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV1) for this spacewalk, which is the ninth of his career. Ryazanskiy (EV-2) is no stranger to heading outside of the orbital outpost and is embarking on his fourth spacewalk.
This is the first Russian EVA of the year. The previous EVA took place in February 2016.
The first order of the day will be for Ryazanskiy to head into the manual deployment of five nanosatellites from a ladder outside the airlock, following set up tasks including the hosting of a Go-Pro camera. The satellites, each of which has a mass ...