Wednesday saw day-long automated robotic activities as the crew tested advanced suits while working aboard the international space station. The Expedition 67 The crew also ensured that the communication and life support systems continue to function in perfect condition today.
The Kibo laboratory module of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is the site of a pair of robotic free-flyers, known as the Astrobees, navigating autonomously and performing maneuvering techniques today. NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins cleared Kibo of obstacles in the morning then activated the Astrobees for a day full of automated robotic operations.
The toaster-sized cube-shaped devices use uplink control algorithms while transmitting video downlink so scientists can monitor their automated capabilities in real time from the ground. Researchers are testing robotic assistants for their ability to help astronauts with routine tasks and monitor station systems, increasing mission efficiency in space.
Watkins also continued to test the comfort and mobility of wearing a specialized radiation protection vest while working aboard the orbital laboratory. She then maintained the hardware supporting advanced combustion and physics experiments.
ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti today tested another experimental garment that monitors the health of the crew. She was wearing a smart shirt that is embedded with sensors and transmits data wirelessly on the performance of the cardiovascular system of a crew member in microgravity.
NASA Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines worked all Wednesday on a variety of station maintenance activities. Lindgren replaced components on the advanced resistive exercise machine before inspecting the hatch seals of the American segment of the station. Hines measured airflows throughout the station, then installed scratch glass on a window inside the cupola.
Cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Sergei Korsakov were back on exercise research duty today to investigate ways to maximize the effectiveness of microgravity training. Artemyev then set up Earth observation equipment while Korsakov checked the survival gear inside Nauka’s multi-purpose lab pod. Flight engineer Denis Matveev tested different methods of communicating with students on Earth, then worked on ventilation systems and video recording equipment.