Cubesat Pair Deployment on Hold as Spacewalks Preps Underway

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Japanese Astronaut Kimiya Yui

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui works on spacesuits in the U.S. Quest airlock. Credit: NASA TV

The deployment of this week’s final two Cubesats from the Kibo lab module is on hold today. Also, the crew is preparing a pair of spacesuits for an Oct. 28 maintenance spacewalk.

More Cubesats were released overnight and this morning from a deployer mechanism attached to the Kibo lab module. However, the final pair of Cubesats failed to deploy today due to interference with a latch on the deployer. Payload controllers are investigating the issue to determine a future release date of the Cubesats. This week’s Cubesats due for release included 14 Dove sats from Planet Labs and two European Cubesats.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren are scheduled for a pair of spacewalks in late October and early November to upgrade systems on the outside of the International Space Station. The duo resized their spacesuits and unpacked gear from the U.S. Quest airlock. Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui assisted the duo as he scrubbed suit cooling loops and dried out suit fans and vent loops.

The three cosmonauts — Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko — worked on science, maintenance and cargo transfers. Volkov studied micrometeoroid impacts, Earth observation techniques and crystal magnetism. Kononenko unloaded gear from the new Progress 61 resupply ship. Kornienko assisted with the Progress unpacking and worked on Russian maintenance tasks.

4 thoughts on “Cubesat Pair Deployment on Hold as Spacewalks Preps Underway

  1. Jean Labbe

    Is it possible to get notifications in regard to the upcoming space walks sent via our email address so that we don’t miss these space walk events.

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  2. scott diamond

    re spacewalks want is the plan ? for the two of them and is there a lot to fit in to 6hrs each time they go out the door

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    1. Mark Garcia Post author

      On the first spacewalk, Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will lubricate the tip of the space station’s robotic arm, route power cables and place a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

      On the second spacewalk, spacewalk Kelly and Lindgren will refill coolant reservoirs and configure the port truss cooling system back to its original configuration after repair work back in 2012.

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