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Russiα to activate new Robotic Arm on International Space Station amid threats to end space cooperation

Russiα’s cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev will step out of their hatch on April 18 and again on April 28 to activate a robotic arm aboard the ISS.
While the Russiαn space agency’s chief Dmitry Rogozin is threatening to end cooperation aboard the International Space Station (ISS), two Russiαn cosmonauts will step out of the laboratory to activate a robotic arm.

Russiαn cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev will step out of their hatch on April 18 and again on April 28 for the job, NASA revealed.The activation process will be executed under spacewalks 52 and 53, each of which would last for about seven hours.

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According to NASA, the Russiαn cosmonauts will venture outside the ISS to activate the robotic arm which is attached to the Nauka module. Both Artemyev and Matveev would step out of their Poisk module on the station’s Russiαn segment at 7:55 pm (IST) for each of the spacewalks.

“During the first spacewalk, the cosmonauts will install and connect a control panel for the European robotic arm, a 37-foot-long manipulator system mounted to the recently arrived Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.They will also remove protective covers from the arm and install handrails on Nauka.The arm will be used to move spacewalkers and payloads around the Russiαn segment of the station”, NASA said in a statement.

During the second spacewalk, which is scheduled for April 28, the cosmonauts would remove thermal blankets which covered the arm for protection during its July 2021 launch with Nauka.“They will also flex the arm’s joints, release launch restraints, and monitor the arm’s ability to use two grapple fixtures”, NASA added.

Interestingly, the forthcoming mission will be Mateev’s first of his career whereas it would be the fourth of Artemyev’s career.Besides, the duo will participate in the fourth spacewalk of 2022 and the 249th overall spacewalk conducted for assembly, maintenance, and upgrades.It is worth noting, that the forthcoming installation mission by Russiα follows threats from Moscow to end cooperation aboard the space station.