Lights, digicam, motion for NASA astronauts Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover. The duo will set up European payloads exterior the Worldwide House Station throughout a spacewalk on 27 January, guided by the know-how of their colleagues.
ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen is seen on this picture putting in the Columbus Ka-band or ColKa terminal that can allow quicker communication with Europe throughout a ‘costume rehearsal’ within the Impartial Buoyancy Lab at NASA’s Johnson House Heart in Houston, Texas in 2018.
Andrea will function floor IV, directing Mike and Victor via the set up of the small fridge-sized gadget by radio from NASA’s mission management.
ColKa will join the Columbus module to the European Knowledge Relay System, satellites in geostationary orbit that switch information by way of European floor stations. This may allow quicker uplink and downlink speeds between the European phase of the House Station and European researchers on the bottom.
Along with putting in ColKa, the pair may also full cable and antenna rigging for the Bartolomeo science platform exterior Columbus.
The Bartolomeo service will present end-to-end entry for exterior payloads on the House Station. A brand new neighborhood of start-ups and area entrepreneurs will profit from an unobstructed view of Earth, direct management of experiments from the bottom and the opportunity of retrieving samples.
Tomorrow’s spacewalk will start at 13:00 CET and can be streamed dwell by way of NASA TV. Observe dwell updates on the spacewalk on social media by way of @esaspaceflight.