Feeds

ISS set for Friday chill-out

First spacewalk to replace failed ammonia pump

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The first spacewalk to replace the International Space Station's failed ammonia pump module will take place on Friday, NASA has announced.

The ISS is in a "stable configuration" following Saturday's breakdown of the "Pump Module for loop A that feeds ammonia to maintain the proper cooling for systems and avionics".

Attempts to revive the pump were unsuccessful, although with half of the station's cooling system still operative, the situation is not critical.

Expedition 24 members Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Doug Wheelock are tasked with swapping out the failed unit, which sits on the orbiting outpost's S1 truss.

There's a spare pump bolted to an external stowage platform attached to the Quest airlock, which the two astronauts will use to exit and re-enter the ISS.

NASA explains: "In the first spacewalk, they will unbolt and remove the failed pump module, and install the spare. A second spacewalk to hook up a variety of electrical and fluid connections for the new pump module is targeted for Monday."

At Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, astronauts Cady Coleman and Suni Williams lent their support to Caldwell Dyson and Wheelock by "practicing underwater the tasks needed to restore the cooling loop over the course of two spacewalks".

Friday's EVA marks the fourth spacewalk for Wheelock, while Caldwell Dyson will be on her first external jaunt. NASA has more on the preparations here. ®

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight
Our US allies to probe potential Vulture 2 servo freeze
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS
Pixhawk avionics juice issue sorted, onwards to Spaceport America
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
Bacon-related medical breakthrough wins Ig Nobel prize
Is there ANYTHING cured pork can't do?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.