NASA will postpone the rest of an ongoing collection of spacewalks on the Worldwide Space Station to improve batteries for its energy system after a related part malfunctioned and must be changed. NASA introduced that the third in a sequence of battery alternative spacewalks that had been scheduled for that include NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan, had been postponed after a tool referred to as a battery cost/discharge unit, or BCDU failed on the station over the weekend. The gadget is used to cost the batteries as a part of the station’s energy provide.
As an alternative, NASA will perform a spacewalk to switch the failed BCDU unit with a spare on the station. Meir and Christina Koch will carry out that spacewalk. The two had been scheduled to carry out a spacewalk to switch batteries, the first all-feminine NASA spacewalk.
Throughout a media teleconference Megan McArthur, deputy chief of the NASA astronaut workplace, mentioned NASA determined to have Koch and Meir conduct the spacewalk to steadiness workloads for the crew, given the variety of upcoming spacewalks projected to happen within the coming weeks. “With the content material of the EVA and balancing of the general workload, it made sense for us to make the crew for this spacewalk this week, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir,” she stated.
Along with changing the BCDU, Koch and Meir will carry out two different duties exterior the station, stated Kenny Todd, supervisor of ISS operations, and integration. The two will transfer some multi-layer insulation round different battery charger items, after which set up hardware on the Columbus module to help a future exterior experiment platform.