Author Topic: RS EVA VKD-57 - Nauka Outfitting (ShK Airlock) - May 3rd [Prokopiev, Petelin]  (Read 14828 times)

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VKD-57 has been recently reprogrammed for a week later than initially planned in order to "perform a more detailed study of its tasks", according to statements from Roscosmos. It will now take place May 3rd instead of today as previously expected.


The main objective for this EVA is the completion of the relocations of add-on items located on Rassvet since its 2013 launch, following in the footsteps of the Nauka RTOd radiator relocation last week, by transferring the Science Airlock ShK from MIM-1's side (a bit zenith from the former stowage location for the radiator) to MLM's front docking port at its nadir end through the use of ERA. Full activation of the airlock is not expected until later in the spring/summer timeframe (tentatively June) during VKD-59, following operational loading of the radiator in the intervening VKD-58.


One question regarding the specifics of the work is whether the ERA-to-Strela adapter is still to be employed for the relocation (narrower boom between ERA and the airlock in the last attached rendering, see the discussion starting here in MLM's General Thread for more context: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=23444.msg2369121#msg2369121).
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One question regarding the specifics of the work is whether the ERA-to-Strela adapter is still to be employed for the relocation (narrower boom between ERA and the airlock in the last attached rendering, see the discussion starting here in MLM's General Thread for more context: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=23444.msg2369121#msg2369121).

That's a pointless question. The adapter is needed because in itself ERA doesn't have the reach to grab the airlock. If the adapter wasn't needed, the Russians wouldn't have bothered to bring it up onboard MLM in the first place.

Without the adapter, the only way to get the airlock from MRM to MLM is by hand, tugged by the cosmonauts via extending a regular STRELA boom between MRM and MLM.
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One question regarding the specifics of the work is whether the ERA-to-Strela adapter is still to be employed for the relocation (narrower boom between ERA and the airlock in the last attached rendering, see the discussion starting here in MLM's General Thread for more context: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=23444.msg2369121#msg2369121).

That's a pointless question. The adapter is needed because in itself ERA doesn't have the reach to grab the airlock. If the adapter wasn't needed, the Russians wouldn't have bothered to bring it up onboard MLM in the first place.

Without the adapter, the only way to get the airlock from MRM to MLM is by hand, tugged by the cosmonauts via extending a regular STRELA boom between MRM and MLM.

Not sure why the aggressive antagonism is warranted. The Strela solution you mention was thoroughly and well-explained in the linked thread, at the time of the issues with ERA commissioning. However, the user that introduced the extension boom topic mentioned he was unsure whether it was still the main solution or it might have been canceled in favor of another approach, to which no conclusive answer was given, prompting my question today.

There is also another contingency scenario involving SSRMS+SPDM by the way, so Strela and tugging isn't the *only* way, were ERA to not be available.
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One question regarding the specifics of the work is whether the ERA-to-Strela adapter is still to be employed for the relocation (narrower boom between ERA and the airlock in the last attached rendering, see the discussion starting here in MLM's General Thread for more context: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=23444.msg2369121#msg2369121).

That's a pointless question. The adapter is needed because in itself ERA doesn't have the reach to grab the airlock. If the adapter wasn't needed, the Russians wouldn't have bothered to bring it up onboard MLM in the first place.

Without the adapter, the only way to get the airlock from MRM to MLM is by hand, tugged by the cosmonauts via extending a regular STRELA boom between MRM and MLM.

Not sure why the aggressive antagonism is warranted. The Strela solution you mention was thoroughly and well-explained in the linked thread, at the time of the issues with ERA commissioning. However, the user that introduced the extension boom topic mentioned he was unsure whether it was still the main solution or it might have been canceled in favor of another approach, to which no conclusive answer was given, prompting my question today.

First rule about Russians: once they have a plan, they almost never change it:
The plan for getting ERA to the ISS hasn't changed since 2012.
The plan how to commission ERA hasn't changed since 2012 (the commissioning of ERA in 2022 followed the commissioning plan from 2012 to the letter).
The plan to use ERA to transfer the radiator from MRM to MLM hasn't changed since 2012. Just a few days ago that plan was executed per that 11 years old plan.
The plan to use ERA to transfer the airlock from MRM to MLM hasn't changed since 2012.
The plan to involve an extension piece for this hasn't changed since 2012. Said extension piece has been in existence since 2010.
The STRELA plan is the backup in case ERA, for whatever reason, would not be available.
The SSRMS plan is the backup of the backup.
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April 26, 2023
MEDIA ADVISORY M23-049
NASA Updates Coverage of Roscosmos Spacewalks at Space Station
Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin conduct a six-hour and 25-minute spacewalk in their Orlan spacesuits.
Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin conduct a six-hour and 25-minute spacewalk in their Orlan spacesuits to transfer a radiator from the Rassvet module to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module for future installation. The duo is pictured tethered to the Rassvet module with the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship docked at top.
Credits: NASA

NASA will provide live coverage as two Roscosmos cosmonauts conduct two spacewalks in May outside the International Space Station to relocate hardware from the Rassvet module to the new Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.

Follow each spacewalk on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website at:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

During the spacewalks, Expedition 69 cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin will venture outside the Poisk airlock Wednesday, May 3 and Friday, May 12, to help in transfer and install of an experiment airlock to Nauka and deploy a radiator to provide module cooling. The airlock and the radiator attached to Rassvet were launched on the space shuttle Atlantis STS-132 mission in May 2010. The radiator and the airlock will be robotically transferred by ESA’s (European Space Agency) robotic arm on Nauka with those movements operated by cosmonaut Andrey Fedyaev inside the orbital complex.

The content and coverage times of the spacewalks are (all times EDT):

Wednesday, May 3

3:30 p.m. - NASA TV coverage begins for a spacewalk to move an experiment airlock from Rassvet to Nauka.

Friday, May 12

11:30 a.m. - NASA TV coverage begins for a spacewalk to deploy a radiator on Nauka and connect mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic lines.

The spacewalks will be the fifth and sixth for Prokopyev, who will wear the Orlan spacesuit with the red stripes for all of the spacewalks and the third and fourth for Petelin, who will wear the spacesuit with the blue stripes.

Learn more about the International Space Station and its crew at:

https://www.nasa.gov/station
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Info about docking systems of airlock
Nauka

The port on Nauka for the airlock is ASA-G (Docking Port Active - Hybrid). The ports are not androgynous.

Nauka:

ASA-G - Active with Probe
APAS collar, 4 petals, 12 latches

Airlock:

ASP-G - Passive with Drogue and Docking target
APAS collar, 4 petals, 12 slots for latches
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Two cosmonauts will conduct a pair of spacewalks on Wednesday, May 3, and Friday, May 12, to relocate hardware outside the @Space_Station
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...Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin will again go overboard the International Space Station to retrofit the Nauka module. They will have to prepare the airlock for transfer by the ERA manipulator from the Rassvet module and install it on Nauka.

▪️ Opening of the exit hatch - May 3 at 23:05 Moscow time
▪️ The planned duration of the work is 6 hours 22 minutes.

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(last photo of Nauka Docking mechanism from Anatoly Zak)

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In 3 hours, Roscosmos will begin the stream of the next Russian EVA. Sergei Prokopiev and Dmitry Petelin will egress the Poisk module at 21:05 UTC to transfer the airlock from Rassvet module to Nauka. Andrei Fedyaev will operate the ERA manipulator. @VKD57

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BTW, Roscosmos announced the delivery of 3 new #OrlanMKS spacesuits to the ISS. One will be manufactured in 2024, and two in 2025. The currently used spacesuits are at the limit of their warranty period, which is 20 EVAs. In No. 4, 17 spacewalks were performed, in No. 5 - 15.

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Of course the EVA suits can work beyond warranty, but there are issues already - like the battery power fluctuation Oleg Artemiev faced. Before the new spacesuits arrive, the cosmonauts will have to use  Orlan-MKS No 4 and 5, and probably the old Orlan-MK suits stored on the ISS.
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Audio of EVA preps is on the ISS Youtube channel .  Curious why the Russians have shifted the start of recent EVAs to what is normally the start of the crew sleep period.   Edit-translations have started.     
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RS EVA-57: Cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dimtri Petelin are suited up in the Poisk airlock compartment for an EVA outside the Russian segment of the ISS to move an experiment airlock from the Rassvet mini research module (MRM) to the Nauka lab module (MLM)

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RS EVA-57: The EVA is expected to begin around 4:05pm EDT (2005 UTC); for ID, Prokopyev, call sign EV-1, is wearing Orlan spacesuit MKS 5 with red markings and using helmet camera 16; Petelin, EV-2, is wearing Orlan MKS 4 with blue markings and using helmetcam 22

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RS EVA-57: The spacewalkers will be assisted with the airlock relocation by crewmate Andrey Fedyaev, operating the European Robotic Arm, or ERA, from inside the station
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With their suits on internal power, cosmonauts are preparing to open hatch of the Poisk module, starting VKD-57 spacewalk...
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...Hatch open (~4:01 p.m. EDT)...

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RS EVA-57: The Poisk hatch was opened at 4:00pm EDT (2000 UTC), officially starting Russian EVA-57; this is the 262nd EVA devoted to ISS assembly and maintenance, the 5th so far this year, the 5th excursion for Prokopyev and the 3rd for Petelin
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Prokopiev and Petelin are translating along Strela-2 over towards Rassvet.

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Big-picture view of the overall EVA worksite.

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The view from Petelin's helmet cam looking down at Rassvet and the Earth below.

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The European Robotic Arm is already in position to carry science airlock from Rassvet to Nauka, once spacewalkers open its locks...
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Two cargo / scientific airlocks in one view!

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The USOS astronauts are probably getting some pretty good photos of the spacewalkers from the Cupola.

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RS EVA-57 (PET: 0:45; EDT: 4:45pm): The cosmonauts have reached the experiment airlock on the Rassvet module; they must disconnect electrical cables, move insulation and release launch locks before Fedeayev, operating the European robot arm, can move it to the Nauka lab module
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Passing 1 hour PEt.
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A neat angle of the back side of the main truss as well as BEAM and the Z1 truss that we don't usually get.

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MLI (orange) cover.
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The MLI is off, and the docking assembly is exposed to space for the first time since its launch in May 2010.

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ERA connects to the airlock via a special adapter installed during the previous spacewalk:
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RS EVA-57 (PET: 1:40; EDT: 5:40pm): Prokopyev and Petelin have completed removal of a protective blanket and disconnected electrical cables linking the experiment airlock with the Rassvet module; they're now releasing the launch locks holding the airlock in place
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Passing 2 hours PET.
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Cosmonauts now opening the final lock connecting the airlock to Rassvet, before the 150-kilogram device would be moved by the European Robotic Arm to the Nauka module:
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Experiment airlock now free and in the hand of ERA:
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RS EVA-57 (PET: 2:06; EDT: 6:06pm): With a final launch lock released, Fedyaev, operating the European Robot Arm from inside the ISS, is ready to move the disconnected experiment airlock from Rassvet to Nauka after inspections to make sure it's free of any obstructions
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Fedyaev at the ERA is moving the airlock away from Rassvet. Spacewalkers are standing by and observing - no FOD or other issues reported.

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ERA in (very slowly) motion !
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Another night shift for the #EuropeanRoboticArm (ERA). Tonight's task involves moving an experiment airlock from the Rassvet to the Nauka module on the International @Space_Station
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Working on assembling the bundle of stuff they'll jettison aft from the ISS towards the end of the spacewalk.

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Slightly closer to Nauka...
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n the meantime, the spacewalkers are traversing back the Russian ISS Segment, on their way to Nauka to meet the airlock riding the European Robotic Arm at its docking site:
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RS EVA-57 (PET: 3:10; EDT: 7:10pm): After cleaning up the Rassvet worksite, Prokopyev and Petelin are headed back to the Poisk module to retrieve a cable need to connect the experiment airlock to Nauka; also stowing a bundle of no-longer-needed gear that will be jettisoned later
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The spacewalkers now reached Nauka, right behind the airlock being moved by ERA arm:
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The #EuropeanRoboticArm is 11 metres long and it can manoeuvre modules up to 8000 kg with an accuracy of 5 millimetres. 🦾🤩
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Airlock is almost there, as the station moves into an orbital sunrise.
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A view from a camera on Nauka looking out of the docking port at the target on the airlock, which Fedyaev will use to fine-tune his positioning with the ERA.

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Getting very close indeed now...

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Hmm. That's not quite right. (And having the rigid ERA extender, rather than a movable wrist right at the airlock, probably doesn't make things any easier.)

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New plan: they're going to put the ERA into flexible mode and have the two spacewalkers manually shift the airlock so the docking surfaces are parallel.

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That seems to have done the trick - hooks are driving as we hit 5 hours elapsed time on the EVA.

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Now working on making the necessary electrical connections between Nauka and the airlock - one minor wrinkle, as they discovered that some of the caps had been taped in place.

(Edit - apparently a slightly bigger wrinkle, as they've had to break out the Space Knife. Looks to be a bit less stabby than the one used on the Soyuz MS-09 investigatory EVA.)
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Prokopiev connects cables to the patch panel on the airlock side, a total of 6:

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Getting into position on Poisk to jettison the trash bundle.

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There goes the bundle! Jettison occurred at 0240 UTC stream time - presumably a minute or so before that, accounting for lag.

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Working on tool inventory before proceeding into the Poisk airlock.

Edit - anyone know enough Russian to translate the flag and the caption on that picture on the toolkit?
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EV hatch on Poisk is closed. Spacewalk is over at 0311 UTC stream time.

Duration: 7 hours 10 minutes 28 seconds, per translator.
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Working on tool inventory before proceeding into the Poisk airlock.

Edit - anyone know enough Russian to translate the flag and the caption on that picture on the toolkit?
Victory Europe Day which occurred during the Spacewalk. The military units below forced the German Surrender.
The Cyrillic inscription reads: 150th Rifle, Order of Kutuzov 2nd class, Idritsa Division, 79th Rifle Corps, 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_Banner_(Soviet_Union)#:~:text=It%20is%20also%20one%20of,Shock%20Army%2C%201st%20Belorussian%20Front.

It is also shown for propaganda reasons by the Russian Side in the Russian-Belorussian versus Ukrainian geopolitical military conflict as a replacement for the Z Propaganda logo on uniforms.
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"May 3, 2023: International Space Station Configuration" now updated with the airlock in place.  8)
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56434    ISS DEB (ERA OUTFITTING)   1998-067VJ   92.88   51.64   421   410
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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NASA photos.

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56434    ISS DEB (ERA OUTFITTING)   1998-067VJ   92.88   51.64   421   410

The bundle of trash items from this EVA re-entered on 18 December 2023.

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