Tuesday, April 30, 2019

ISS Suffers Partial Power Loss, No Danger to Crew

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Anne McClain install the Materials ISS Experiment-Flight Facility (MISSE-FF) gear inside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module’s airlock before depressurizing the unit. Credit: NASA

Astronauts on the International Space Station are working to restore full power after a partial failure in the orbiting laboratory’s electrical system Monday morning that imposed no danger to the crew, NASA said in a press release.

"Monday morning, teams identified an issue with the International Space Station’s electrical power system and are working to identify the root cause and restore full power to the system," the release said on Monday afternoon. "There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station."

During repairs to two of eight channels on a power bus that distributes electricity throughout the space station, flight controllers have been working to route power through the six remaining channels, the release said.

NASA is attempting to determine any impacts to SpaceX’s CRS-17 cargo resupply mission targeted for launch in May, the release added.

Meanwhile, a SpaceX Dragon cargo craft is poised to liftoff this week from Florida to the International Space Station. The Expedition 59 crew will welcome Dragon when it arrives three days later carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of cargo.

Dragon will be encapsulated atop the Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station for a countdown to its Wednesday launch at 3:59 a.m. EDT. Astronaut David Saint-Jacques will be at the controls of the robotics workstation Saturday commanding the Canadarm2 to capture Dragon around 6:45 a.m. NASA TV will broadcast the launch and capture activities live.

Source: sputniknews.comNASA

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