An independent robotic arm prepares to fly to International Space Station To serve the Russian segment.
The European Robotic Arm (ERA), made by European airline Airbus for European Space Agency (European Space Agency), will fly to the orbital position on July 15 with the new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, also known as Nauka (the Russian word for science). Airbus said Airbus engineers had already installed the lightweight arm on the unit, prior to launching it from the Russian space agency Roscomos’ Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Proton rocket. in the current situation.
The robot resembles a pair of compasses with two identical arms each over 16 feet (5 meters) long. Equipped with an ingenious hand at the end of each arm, ERA will be able to move freely outside the space station, attaching itself wherever needed, The European Space Agency said in a statement.
It weighs only 1,390 lbs. (630 kg), thanks to its lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber chassis, the boom will be able to move and mount components weighing up to 17,600 lbs. (8000 kg) with the ability to hit targets with an accuracy of 5 millimeters. But it can also transport astronauts and astronauts in the meantime space walk From one job site to another.
Astronauts and astronauts will be able to control the arm in real time from inside the space station or pre-program it to carry out missions independently.
The arm also has an additional computer in the middle, which astronauts and astronauts can use to enter instructions while on a spacewalk.
Equipped with an infrared camera, ERA can examine the space station’s structure and components and transmit its view to astronauts and cosmonauts inside the orbiting laboratory.
After two decades of development, the arm was built by a consortium of European companies led by Airbus, which then assembled the robot at its facilities in the Netherlands.
The International Space Station already has two robotic arms: 17 meters long Canadarm 2 It is 10 meters long remote japanese experiment unit manipulator system. However, neither of them can reach the Russian part of the space station.