Russian cosmonauts for the International Space Station begin a spacewalk using an ERA robotic arm

Russian cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitry Petlin, two of the seven crew members of the International Space Station (ISS), began a spacewalk today, during which for the first time the ERA robotic arm will be used to transport an astronaut from one sector to another of the orbital platform.

Prokopyev and Beitlin left the International Space Station through the hatch of the Russian Poisk module, which opened at 14:45 GMT.

The Russian space agency Roscosmos stated that the work plan for the walk, which is expected to have a duration of 6 hours and 45 minutes, includes the installation of additional meteor protection panels on the hull of the Russian spacecraft Rasvet.

There, the astronauts will set up a mobile workstation, which will be used for testing with the ERA robotic arm.

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Russian cosmonauts to the International Space Station begin a spacewalk

In the test, ERA will be operated from inside the International Space Station by cosmonaut Andrei Fediáyev.

Today’s march is the eighth for Prokopyev and the sixth for Beitlin, and in it they use the new Orlan MKS diving helmets, which differ from the previous model by the presence of a new information system, in addition to cooling, which maintains a comfortable temperature for the astronauts.

Prokopiev’s helmet has red stripes and Petelin’s blue, for easy identification.

With information from EFE.

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