This will be the first spacewalk for Glover, who has made his first space flight at the station in a few months now.
This will be the third spacewalk for Hopkins, who has already completed two spacewalks for his first six-month project to the space station from September 25, 2013 to March 10, 2014.
Hopkins, Glover, NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Soichi Noguchi flew to the station in November aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon Resilience spacecraft. They joined NASA astronauts Kate Robins, Russian astronauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Svereshkov, who were already at the station after the October launch.
On both spacewalks, Hopkins will wear the red striped space suit while Crew 1 and Hopkins will wear the unstriped space suit as Crew 2.
Astronauts will focus on completing the installation of Bartolomeo, the last payload accommodation station outside of the European Space Agency’s Columbus module, on January 27. They complete the antenna and prepare cables for power and data connections.
The Bartolomeo platform, named after the younger brother of Christopher Columbus, is the first example of a European business partnership providing a venue for science and technology demonstrations outside the space station, according to the European Space Agency.
The Columbus unit will also be upgraded with a station that provides a high bandwidth independent communications link for European ground stations.
Astronauts will install the latest lithium-ion battery adapter on February 1. This facility is completing work to complete the out-of-factory replacement of old batteries which began in January 2017.
During the two spacewalks, Robins will operate a robotic arm from the space station to aid astronauts while they work outside.
They will focus on other improvements, such as replacing the standard outdoor camera with a new high-resolution camera at Destiny Lab, and will replace the camera and lighting components needed for the Japanese robotic arm camera system, located at outside the Kibo unit.
“We’ve been talking about these two extra-vehicle activities (EVAs) for most of the year, so we’re excited to see them implemented,” said Kenny Todd, deputy director of the International Space Station program at The NASA. Friday press conference.
Further spacewalks are planned for the crew in late February and early March.
Glover and Rubins will collaborate on the third round of spacewalks to set up the station’s electrical system to install new solar panels, which will increase the power supply to the station.
During these long walks in space, astronauts go through alternating cycles of day and night every 45 minutes, working against the hot, bright sunlight as well as the cool darkness in space. This occurs because the space station is orbiting the Earth at a speed of 17,500 miles per hour.
Although astronauts don’t experience the direct effects of extreme cold and heat, chills are likely, so heating elements are installed in astronauts’ gloves to keep their hands warm, said Vincent Lacourt, director of Space Walk. from NASA at Spacewalk on February 1.
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