Despite some concerns, owing to a minor incident on Wednesday in which astronaut Terry Virts’ helmet filled up with water, NASA ruled that they would carry out their Sunday space walk according to schedule. Virts and his partner astronaut Barry Wilmore successfully carried out their third mission outside the International Space Station, where they completed several upgrades. Experts referred to the mission as a picture perfect spacewalk. These new upgrades aboard the station are meant to enable the installation of new International Docking Adapters (IDAs) which will be fitted later on in the year. These IDAs will be finished at the end of the year and then shipped to ISS via one of the SpaceX Dragon cargo carriers. Once they are installed, these new IDAs will be fully operational, anticipating the arrival of the first commercial craft from both SpaceX and Boeing, by the year 2017.
Both SpaceX and Boeing have been commissioned by NASA to build commercial spacecraft, “space taxis” which will carry astronauts over to the ISS. The spacewalk was part of an ongoing program, entitled Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap), which was developed in order to encourage innova...
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