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Russian spacewalk breaks endurance record via new antenna system installation

2 Feb 2018, 15:37 UTC
Russian spacewalk breaks endurance record via new antenna system installation
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Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Alexander Misurkin have – during Russian EVA-44 – installed a new high gain antenna electronics box on the rear of the Zvezda service module. The duo left the Pirs model at 15:34 UTC for a spacewalk that was expected to last six and a half hours. However, this lasted over eight hours – breaking the Russian EVA duration record – as the duo had to troubleshoot the antenna’s deployment.
The Russian spacewalk was the fourth in Misurkin’s career and the second for Shkaplerov, as well as the 207th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance. Both were wearing Orlan suits that are debuting upgrades for this EVA.
Misurkin and Shkaplerov’s primary objectives during the spacewalk was to remove and jettison an electronics box for a high-gain communications antenna on the Zvezda service module and install an upgraded electronics box to communication between Russian flight controllers and the Russian modules of the orbital outpost.
Cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov and Alexander Misurkin
The cosmonauts also took detailed photos of the exterior of the Russian modules and retrieve experiments housed on Zvezda’s hull.
Shkaplerov went into greater detail of the tasks involved during an interview with the Russian ...

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