Washington: Astronauts on the International Space Station are to direct two spacewalks in January for a “mind boggling” move up to the orbital station’s energy framework, US space organization NASA said.
The spacewalks will permit the group individuals to introduce connector plates and attach electrical associations for six new lithium-particle batteries conveyed to the orbital lab early this month, NASA said on Wednesday.
Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson of NASA will play out the main spacewalk on January 6, while the work for the second spacewalk on January 13 will be directed by Kimbrough and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency, Xinhua news reports.
As per NASA, preceding each spacewalk, the new batteries will be mechanically removed from a bed to supplant 12 more established nickel-hydrogen batteries through a progression of automated operations.
Nine of the more seasoned batteries will be stowed in a freight resupply create for later transfer, while three will stay on the station’s truss, separated from the power lattice, it said.