Russian spacewalk cut short by bad battery in cosmonaut suit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A Russian spacewalker needed to rush again contained in the International Space Station on Wednesday when the battery voltage in his spacesuit immediately dropped.

Russian Mission Control ordered Oleg Artemyev, the station commander, to rapidly return to the airlock so he may hook his suit to station energy. The hatch remained open as his spacewalking accomplice, Denis Matveev, tidied up exterior.

NASA stated neither man was ever in any hazard. Matveev, in reality, remained exterior for one more hour or so, earlier than he, too, was ordered to wrap it up. Although Matveev’s suit was effective, Russian Mission Control cut the spacewalk short since flight guidelines insist on the buddy system.

The cosmonauts managed to put in cameras on the European Space Agency’s new robotic arm earlier than the difficulty cropped up, barely two hours right into a deliberate 6 1/2-hour spacewalk.

“You know, the start was so excellent,” Matveev stated as he made his method again inside, with a few of the robotic arm set up work left undone.

The 36-foot (11-meter) robotic arm arrived on the space station final summer season aboard a Russian lab.

NASA spacewalks, in the meantime, have been on maintain for months.

In March, water seeped right into a German spacewalker’s helmet. It was not practically as a lot leakage as occurred in 2013 when an Italian astronaut nearly drowned, however nonetheless posed a security concern. In the sooner case, the water originated from the cooling system in the suit’s undergarments.

The spacesuit that malfunctioned in March will likely be returned to Earth as early as this week in a SpaceX capsule, for additional investigation.


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