Spacewalking astronauts labored to set up TV cameras Thursday for new crew capsules set to arrive in coming months.
As soon as exterior the Worldwide Area Station, commander Drew Feustel struggled to take away a protecting cowl so as to disconnect an outdated cable and hook up a brand new one for the brand new cameras. He used a small crowbar and famous if “I had extra arms” the job could be simpler.
His spacewalking associate, Ricky Arnold, floated over to assist. Between the 2 of them, the astronauts managed to full the preliminary cable work.
“Improbable job,” Mission Management radioed. However the astronauts quickly encountered extra snags, slowing them down.
Their fundamental process is to set up two high-definition TV cameras, meant to present sharp views of economic crew capsules coming in to dock.
Till SpaceX and Boeing begin flying astronauts, NASA should rely solely on Russian capsules for getting to and from the 250-mile-high outpost. The Russians rides are costing NASA up to $82 million per individual.
NASA hasn’t launched astronauts into house from U.S. soil for the reason that final shuttle flight in 2011. SpaceX and Boeing are aiming for take a look at flights from Cape Canaveral, Florida, by yr’s finish.
The tentative schedule reveals flights with out a crew by each firms in late summer time adopted by launches with astronauts by December. However these dates are thought-about optimistic by many.