Two NASA astronaut, International Space StationHe took a spacewalk to develop the European laboratory of Turkey. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Mike hopkins and Victor glover Columbus, one of the three high-tech labs in the outpost in orbit, took a spacewalk Wednesday to establish a high-speed data link.
Astronauts will take their second walk on Monday
Astronauts walking with them European They carried a new refrigerator-sized antenna that would allow researchers and satellites to communicate faster with ground stations.
Additionally Danish astronaut Andres Morgensenin Houston Mission ControlHe guided spacewalkers from Space walkers also have access to an experimental platform for science research outside the European laboratory, which has been waiting to be activated for almost a year. power and data they had to connect the cables.
SpaceX, Bartolomeo delivered the platform named to the space station last spring. The platform, set up with the station’s robotic arm, had to wait for Wednesday’s spacewalk to get connected and activated.
It is also worth noting that Airbus, which founded and operates Bartolomeo, sells space on the platform for special research projects. At the same time, this platform is Europe’s first commercial venture outside the station.
Finally Hopkins and Gloverwill conduct a second space walk on Monday to complete battery upgrades of the station’s solar grid. It is stated that this mission is part of SpaceX’s second astronaut flight, which started in November.