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Robotics Work and Emergency Training for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Aug 6, 2009 10:03 pm via: source
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(NASA) – The Expedition 20 crew conducted robotics work and participated in an emergency fire drill Thursday aboard the International Space Station.

In preparation for Friday’s move of Pressurized Mating Adapter-3 (PMA-3), flight engineers Tim Kopra and Bob Thirsk supervised the move of the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from its home on the Mobile Base System to the Destiny laboratory. The crew will use Canadarm2 to grapple and unberth PMA-3 from the nadir port on Unity node and relocate it to the port common berthing mechanism. This move is a step in preparation for next year’s installation of the new Tranquility Node 3 and the Cupola to be delivered by the STS-130 space shuttle crew.

Image above: Pohang, South Korea is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 20 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Image above: Pohang, South Korea is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 20 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

During the move, ground controllers will command most of the operations with the station crew taking over for maneuvers in close proximity to the station structure. Thirsk and Flight Engineer Frank De Winne will control Canadarm2, and Kopra and De Winne will configure common berthing mechanisms. Relocation activities are scheduled to kick off about 4:45 a.m. EDT Friday.

Flight Engineer Mike Barratt depressurized the PMA-3 and conducted leak checks to prepare it for Friday’s move. Later, he and Kopra resized U.S. spacesuits to get them ready for future spacewalk activities.

Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko continued their work on the air conditioning in the Russian segment of the station, removing and replacing the heat exchanger unit.

The crew also had time set aside to participate in a periodic emergency fire drill, the first since the station crew expanded to six members. Once the fire drill was complete, the crew reviewed emergency procedures and participated in conferences with specialists on Earth.

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