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September 17-23, 2018 / Vol 37, No 38 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Sep 2018, 20:39 UTC
September 17-23, 2018 / Vol 37, No 38 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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2 USA EVAs Scheduled for ISS

Cause of the mysterious leak in a Soyuz module attached to ISS is still under investigation. On September 20 USA EVA #52 is scheduled for Expedition 56 crew members Drew Feustel and Alexander Gerst. The EVA will replace batteries on the P-4 truss. On Sep 26, EVA #53 will include Gerst and Ricky Arnold, also to change batteries on the P-4 truss. Russia EVA-46 is planned for October to prepare for arrival of the Nauka module. The Nauka (Russian for science) will be used for experiments, cargo and living space. The 7th launch of Japan H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV-7) Kounotori from Tanegashima Space Center, postponed due to a typhoon threatening the ground station on Guam, is now scheduled for Sep 13. The delayed launch will bring supplies and experiments to the Exp. 56 crew and ISS. HTV-7 also contains the first space elevator. A small container will travel along a cable 10 meters long between two cubesats in orbit. On it return HTV-7 will demonstrate a Small Recovery Capsule (HSRC) which can return laboratory samples safely to Earth. The planned HTV-X vehicle will have the ability to deliver cargo to the vicinity of the ...

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