The US EVA-36 Spacewalk, part of Expedition 48, took place on Friday Aug 19, 2016. Two space walkers attached a new docking port to the International Space Station, clearing the way for U.S. Crew ferry ships being built by Boeing and SpaceX to begin test flights to the lab complex next year. It was a key step in NASA’s drive to regain independent access to the lab complex for the first time since the shuttle fleet was retired in 2011. The International Docking Adapter will allow spacecraft from both companies to bring crews to the outpost, ending NASA’s sole reliance on Russian Soyuz ferry ships.
This Part 2 is a continuation from the previous Robotics operations made by DEXTRE (see here). The presentation for this post was made by using small US Astronauts models in 1:100 scale that were attached with tape to the ISS model to depict the main tasks for EVA-36.
All primary tasks of EVA-36 had been complete by PET+5 hours and 15 minutes, allowing the spacewalkers to press ahead with the two get-ahead tasks outlined for this EVA. However, Williams noted a degrading communications system with audio dropping out in his right ear. In an exercise of caution, Mission Control decided to forego any additional tasks and have the crew return to the airlock.
Another Get-Ahead tasks was to configure a CETA cart but is now postponed.
Next EVA-37 involves retracting the radiator from P6 next month.
AXM_USEVAastronauts1100 US Astronauts 1:100 scale
Check the CRS-9 mission to download the IDA-2 here.
Special thanks to my kids Andrea and Adrian for helping holding the black foam boards that served as the background for the full ISS photo.
Source: Spaceflightnow.com, Spaceflight101.com