Russian astronauts conducted a space walk to create a 37-foot robotic arm

Astronauts Oleg Artemjev and Denis Matveev created new robotic hand components for Nauka’s multifunction laboratory module. credit: NASA

Roscosmos Flight 67 engineers Oleg Artemjev and Denis Matveev completed their space walk today at 5:37 p.m. EDT, after 6 hours and 37 minutes. The Russian 52’s space walk began at 11:01 a.m. EDT to activate a new robotic arm connected to the International Space Station’s Nauka multi-purpose laboratory module and opened an air hatch at the Poiski docking station.

Russian cosmonauts Artemiev and Matveyev achieved their main goal of the day by installing and connecting a control panel to a European robotic arm, a 37-foot-long manipulator system installed in the recently arriving multifunctional laboratory module in Nauka. They also removed the arm guards and installed the handrail in Nauka. The arm is used to transport astronauts and cargo on the Russian side of the station.

Astronauts Oleg Artemiev and Aleksandr Skvortsov pose for a 2014 space walk outside the Russian part of the space station. credit: NASA

During this space walk, Artemiev was wearing a Russian Orlan space suit with red stripes. Matveev wore a blue striped space suit. This was the fourth space walk in Artemev’s career and the first in Matveyeville. This is the station’s fourth space walk in 2022 and 249 space walks to assemble, maintain and upgrade the space station.

During the upcoming Russian space walk on Thursday, April 28, the couple will give up the thermal blankets used to protect their arms during their July 2021 launch with Nauka. They also bend over the joints of the arm, releasing release restrictions and monitoring the ability of the arm to use the two handle attachments.

Additional space walks will continue to equip the European robotic arm and activate the Nauka airlock for future space walks.

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