the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), which will leave for the orbital platform this Wednesday aboard the Russian Soyuz spacecraft MS-22, will carry out five spacewalks, Russian cosmonaut Sergei Prokopiev, one of the crew members of the new mission, announced today.
“Five walks are planned, it will be a very intense job. As soon as we arrive, we will prepare the diving suits for the first walk and then we will go out again with intervals of two weeks”he stated at a press conference called by the Russian space agency Roscosmos.
“The bulk of the work will be linked to the integration of the multifunctional laboratory module with the rest of the station,” he explained.
Prokopiev, commander of the ISS crew 68, will travel together with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Petelin and Frank Rubio, the first astronaut of Salvadoran origin.
He stated that they prepared for this mission for a long time, noting that the crew practiced spacewalking in the hydro-laboratory of the Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow.
The mission also includes 48 experiments and satellite launches, Indian.
“There will be a lot of work, very interesting,” he said, referring to his stay on the ISS, which will last 188 days.
Crew 68 will join their predecessors, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemiev, Denis Matveyev, and Sergei Korsakov, members of Crew 67, and Americans Kjell Lindgren, Robert Hines, Jessica Watkins, and Italian Samantha Cristoforetti, of Crew-67. 4 of the American ship Crew Dragon.
This mission opens a new series of cross-flights with the participation of crew members from Roscosmos and NASA, American astronauts in the Russian Soyuz MS spacecraft and Russian cosmonauts in the North American Crew Dragon.
At the beginning of October, the launch of the Crew Dragon will take place with the Russian cosmonaut Anna Kíkina, together with the American astronauts Nicole Mann, Josh Cassada and the Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata.