Status Report

Third Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

By SpaceRef Editor
September 5, 2009
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Third Spacewalk of STS-128 Mission Begins

At 4:39 p.m. EDT, NASA astronaut Danny Olivas and ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang began the third & final spacewalk scheduled during the STS-128 mission. The spacewalk is expected to last 6.5 hours. Olivas, the STS-128 lead spacewalker, is wearing a spacesuit marked with solid red stripes. Fuglesang is wearing an all-white spacesuit.

Their first tasks will complete work that began during the STS-127 mission. The spacewalkers will deploy an attachment system that will be used to hang spare parts on the station’s truss. They also will replace a device designed to help the station determine its position relative to the Earth.
The two will deploy a payload attachment system on the starboard truss. They will have a special tool with them in the event they encounter any problems with a detent pin that caused problems on similar tasks in previous missions.

Next they will replace a failed rate gyro assembly, which measures rates for any changes in the station’s attitude, with a new one.

With that complete, the two will split up for the next tasks. Olivas will install a Global Positioning System antenna while Fuglesang will remove and replace a remote power control module and install an insulation sleeve on a cable inside the truss. Fuglesang will follow that up with the installation of a second GPS antenna.

The two will reunite for the final task, routing two 60-foot-long avionics systems cables along the station. The cables are being installed in preparation for the arrival of the Node 3 “Tranquility” in 2010.

SpaceRef staff editor.