NASA got big success, did this feat in space

The Cassada will serve as Crew Member 1 (EV 1) and will wear a suit with red stripes. Rubio will serve as Additional Crew Member 2 (EV 2) and will wear an unmarked suit.

New Solar Array

Image Credit source: NASA TV

Astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio of the US Space Agency (NASA) successfully installed the roll-out solar array on the starboard truss structure of the space station on Sunday. NASA uploaded the video on Twitter and wrote, “Can we fix this? Yes, we can. Astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio successfully install the roll-out solar array on the space station’s starboard truss structure. They have also disconnected a cable, allowing the power channel to restore its operating capability.”

Astronauts ended their spacewalk at approximately 12:51 a.m. today after successfully installing a new roll-out solar array on the station. You can follow the spacewalk process on the NASA app, on the space station blog and on the agency’s website. In the process, members of the Expedition 68 crew are seen preparing to exit the Quest airlock of the International Space Station for the spacewalk, which began at 7:25 Eastern Time and lasted approximately seven hours.

In addition to installing an IROSA, the spacewalker will disconnect a cable to allow the 1B power channel to be reactivated after it was shut down due to a power trip in its electrical system. NASA explained in its space station blog that disconnection of the cable would isolate the affected part of the array and restore the channel to 75 percent of its normal operation capacity.

Next US spacewalk is planned on December 19

The Cassada will serve as Crew Member 1 (EV 1) and will wear a suit with red stripes. Rubio will serve as Additional Crew Member 2 (EV 2) and will wear an unmarked suit. The spacewalk will be the second for both Quesada and Rubio. This was the 256th spacewalk in support of space station assembly, upgrade and maintenance, and the second spacewalk for both astronauts.

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NASA said that the next US spacewalk to install an iROSA on the 4A power channel is scheduled for Monday, December 19. This will be the fourth iROSA out of a total of six planned for installation. This will increase the iROSA power generation capacity by up to 30 percent, increasing the station’s total available power from 160 kW to 215 kW.