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Preview of Aug. 18 Station Spacewalk

EVA specialist Devan Bolch narrates this computer animated video of the tasks that Expedition 40 cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are slated to perform during their Aug. 18, 2014 spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

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Looks like that is going to be long walk. I wonder what the nanosatellite is for? Pretty cool though; just step outside and throw the satellite into orbit.

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Looks like that is going to be long walk.

6 hours 15 minutes if all goes well. That's a fairly normal length.

I wonder what the nanosatellite is for?

It's carrying two cameras for Earth imaging. It's main purpose is for Peruvian engineers to get experience with satellite technology.

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Station Spacewalkers to Deploy Nanosatellite, Install and Retrieve Science

Two Expedition 40 spacewalkers will venture outside the International Space Station Monday to deploy a nanosatellite, retrieve and install experiment packages and inspect components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory.

Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are scheduled to open the hatch to the Pirs docking compartment around 10 a.m. EDT to mark the official start of their planned 6.5-hour spacewalk. Skvortsov will be wearing the Russian Orlan spacesuit bearing red stripes, while Artemyev’s suit has blue stripes

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Here is a screen capture of cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev releasing the Chasqui-1 Nanosat:

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Station Spacewalkers Deploy Nanosatellite, Install and Retrieve Science

Two Expedition 40 spacewalkers, clad in Russian Orlan spacesuits, wrapped up a 5-hour, 11-minute excursion outside the International Space Station at 3:13 p.m. EDT Monday. Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev deployed a small science satellite, retrieved and installed experiment packages and inspected components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory.

Shortly after the spacewalk began at 10:02 a.m., Artemyev manually deployed Chasqui 1, a Peruvian nanosatellite designed to take pictures of the Earth with a pair of cameras and transmit the images to a ground station. The project is part of an effort by the National University of Engineering in Peru to gain experience in satellite technology and emerging information and communication technologies.

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Space Station Crew Conducts Spacewalk

During a 5- hour, 11-minute spacewalk outside the International Space Station on August 18, Expedition 40 Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev of the Russian Federal Space Agency deployed a nanosatellite and completed work on other science hardware and experiments on the Russian segment of the ISS. It was the 181st spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.

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