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May 14-20, 2018 / Vol 37, No 20 / Hawai`i Island, USA

11 May 2018, 20:30 UTC
May 14-20, 2018 / Vol 37, No 20 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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ISS Upcoming EVA, Resupply Mission, and the Possibility of Future Privatization

There are currently 6 people from 3 countries on the International Space Station (ISS) orbiting Earth in LEO once every 92 minutes at 7.6 km per second. Expedition 55 crew members Ricky Arnold (L) and Drew Feustel are scheduled for a 6.5-hour USA EVA #50 on May 16 to install an HD camera and swap out the pump flow control subassemblies, the thermal control gear responsible for keeping the station systems cool by circulating ammonia. This will be the 210th EVA for ISS overall, and televised live beginning at 08:10 EDT. Four days later on May 20, Orbital ATK is scheduled to launch the 10th Cygnus cargo freighter (dubbed S.S. J.R. Thompson) from Pad OA at Wallops Island, Virginia. This mission, designated OA-9, will be the 9th contracted mission on Antares. It will launch with 2 RD-181 first stage engines and a Castor 30XL second stage to resupply ISS with ~3,350 kg of cargo and hardware, some of which will be installed during USA EVA #51 on June 14. The current USA Administration plans to end ISS funding at the end of 2024 and is considering expanding into privatizing ...

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