According to recent reports, on Tuesday in a briefing held at around 2 p.m. EDT, Sept. 18, officials at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston said that NASA Astronauts on Sept. 23 and 29 will conduct an International Space Station spacewalks which is expected to continue with the upgrades to the erected orbiting laboratory’s power system within the NASA facility. According to reports, Experts from NASA are expected to preview and give details to interested parties concerning the work ahead.
However, NASA is expected to give a full Live coverage of this briefing and the spacewalks will be announced directly on air through NASA Television and also the agency’s website. Nevertheless, the media firms wishing to take part in this briefing specifically in person must request required credentials from Johnson newsroom before 4 p.m. on Monday, 17 September. In addition to this any Media firm or group interested in whatsoever participating in this full live coverage of the International Space Station spacewalks by phone should also contact the newsroom by 1:45 p.m. 18 September. In the live coverage the following will be participating: Kenneth Todd, who is the International Space Station manager for all space Operations and more so integration, Mary Lawrence, who is the spacewalk flight director, Jaclyn Kagey, the lead spacewalk officer and finally Troy McCracken, the spacewalk robotics officer in the facility.
However, according to NASA, equipment will be installed and delivered by Japanese H-II Transfer cargo craft Vehicle. The installation work however is expected to begin on Earth immediately when the ground controllers function fully and also the station’s robotic arm is expected to replace with an old nickel-hydrogen batteries which currently is on port truss with 6 new lithium-ion batteries.
Drew Feustel, Station Commander of NASA together with Alexander Gerst, the Flight Engineer of ESA European Space Agency (ESA) is expected to venture outside Quest airlock starting from Sunday, Sept. 23 when the installation of adapter plates will be attached to the new batteries, while completing upgrades of the two power station channels.