NASA astronauts to carry out spacewalk to install new IDA on space station

NASA astronauts to carry out spacewalk to install new IDA on space station

The US space agency NASA astronauts Kate Rubins and Jeff Williams were cooped up inside the International Space Station (ISS) for numerous weeks and months, respectively, and now they will finally get to move at the time of a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk on Friday. Though, the outing isn’t going to be a leisurely stroll in space.

The entire time, Rubins and Williams will install a fresh international docking adapter, or IDA, on the outside of the space station. The space agency is looking forward to live stream the entire thing beginning at 6:30AM.

For NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, the IDA is a main element. It’s the move wherein private companies will come up with ‘pace taxis’ for NASA, to transport the astronauts in the agency to and from the ISS.

For the program, the agency is creating a crewed version of its Dragon cargo capsule, known as Crew Dragon. Boeing is working on a brand-new crew capsule known as the CST-100 Starliner. Such spacecraft are lined up to ferry astronauts to the space station for the first time in the end of 2017 and in the starting of 2018, respectively. Once they will reach at the ISS, they’ll dock with the IDA.

On July 20, the docking adapter reached on the space station, after getting launched on one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets. Though, it didn’t travel inside the pressurized Dragon capsule of SpaceX, which normally houses all the cargo meant for the station.

The adapter was instead moved inside the Dragon’s trunk the unpressurized structure fixed to the capsule’s end, providing support and inhabits the solar panels of the vehicle.

The IDA since its arrival has been inside the trunk, but it is going to be freed finally on Wednesday, August 17.


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