Astronauts Assembling Gear for Installation During Upcoming Spacewalk

Astronaut Ricky Arnold
Astronaut Ricky Arnold completes the scrubbing of water cooling loops inside a pair of U.S. spacesuits after the completion of spacewalk on March 29, 2018.

The Expedition 55 crew members are getting their U.S. spacesuits and equipment ready for a spacewalk in two weeks. The Dragon cargo craft from SpaceX is nearly loaded with NASA science and gear ahead of its Saturday return to Earth.

NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are assembling hardware today that will be installed on the International Space Station when they conduct a spacewalk on May 16. The duo were assisted throughout the day by fellow NASA astronaut Scott Tingle scrubbing U.S. spacesuit water cooling loops and testing water samples for conductivity.

The veteran spacewalkers were mating repaired components from an external television camera group (ETVCG) that will be attached to the starboard side of the Destiny laboratory module. Their primary spacewalking task however, will be the swap out of thermal control gear that circulates ammonia to keep station systems cool.

Final packing is taking place inside the Dragon space freighter today as Tingle loads critical time-sensitive research samples inside the Earth-bound resupply ship. Robotics controllers will detach Dragon from the Harmony module Friday before releasing it Saturday at 9:24 a.m. from the grips of the Canadarm2. NASA TV will begin its live broadcast of the departure at 9 a.m. but will not televise its 3 p.m. splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

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  1. Why are we still using these over sized and to large to function properly, with a human inside.? I can answer that. Manufacturers don’t want to make new suits because of the cost of retooling to make a lighter more efficient suit. I suggest that we incorporate the new advances in handicapped aides. A much lighter and more economical alternative is available. By using this tech ( handicapped robotic Aides) in addition to the current suit configuration would at least allow for free movement of hands and arms to do space walks in half the time with much less effort. Current robotic aides already exist and can be easily adapted or modified for space use. Also most of the new Robotic tech could actually be incorporated in a new suit design. It would be simple to accomplish this by as an example and simply put. 1. start out with a standard NASA jump suit. 2. add an in an outside layer of protective material. 3. In between layers add a capillary system with small hydraulic micro pumps to provide physical assistance,an pressure where needed. 4. Put on new suit with environment controlled robotic Assist device and enjoy unlimited space walks.

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