The astronauts installed a new battery on the surface of the ISS
NEW YORK, January 13. /Offset. TASS Ivan sawyers/. The members of the crew of the International space station (ISS) – NASA astronaut Robert Kimbro and a member of the European space Agency pesquet prematurely ended the operation to install three new lithium-ion batteries on the external surface of the orbital complex. This was reported by the official representatives of the American space Agency.
“Since the beginning of today’s spacewalk has passed 3 hours and 25 minutes, and all major objectives were met,” said the broadcaster NASA. He pointed out that three batteries are connected and working fine. Three such devices were installed by astronauts on the 6th of January. The batteries in question were delivered to the ISS on 13 December 2016 Japanese cargo spacecraft H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV).
The current output of Kimbro and Sand in open space, the total duration of which should be about six hours, still not completed . Unfulfilled remain a few minor problems.
Old Nickel-hydrogen batteries, worked for about 10 years, translated into sleep mode. Some of them will be uploaded to the Japanese cargo ship, which is to undock from the ISS at the end of January.
For Kimbra this spacewalk is the fourth and for the Sand first.
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