Russian cosmonauts install robotic arm on space station shortly after crew 4 arrives on board

29/04/2022
Credit image: NASA - Spacewalkers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev monitor the station’s new European robotic arm as it moves on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module
Credit image: NASA - Spacewalkers Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev monitor the station’s new European robotic arm as it moves on the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module

Article by: Andacs Robert Eugen, on 29 April 2022, at 01:44 pm Los Angeles time

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev and Denis Matveev from Roscosmos took a spacewalk yesterday, April 28, 2022, to set up a robotic arm, according to NASA.

Their walk ended at 18:40. EDT, 7 hours and 42 minutes from the start.

In addition to setting up and observing the first controlled movements of the robotic arm from its grace devices after removing the thermal blankets and launch pads, the Russian cosmonauts also installed some railings on the Nauka multifunctional laboratory module.

"Shortly after the spacewalk ended, cosmonaut Sergey Korsakov completed the grapple of the second of the two end effectors on the new European Robotic Arm to a grapple mechanism on the Nauka module to successfully wrap up the major tasks of the excursion," announced NASA.

The walk marked the 5th spacewalk this year outside the space station and the 250th spacewalk for the assembly, maintenance and modernization of the space station.

And for the astronauts, well, for Artemyev it was the fifth spacewalk in his career, while for Matveev it was only the second.