The oxygen provide system has failed in a module on the Russian phase of the Worldwide House Station (ISS) however the crew is in no hazard, Russian house company Roscosmos stated Thursday.
The oxygen provide system on the Zvezda module on the orbital lab failed late on Wednesday however a second system on the American phase is working usually, a Roscosmos spokesperson advised AFP.
“Nothing threatens the safety of the crew and the ISS,” stated the spokesperson, including this restore work to repair the problem can be carried out on Thursday.
The problem arose after three new crew – two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut – reached the ISS on Wednesday to carry the variety of present crew on board to 6.
The issue is the newest incident on the ISS – whose first module was launched over 20 years in the past in 1998 – after the crew in August detected an air leak on board.
Roscosmos emphasised on the time that the leak was not vital and posed no hazard. However a part of the issue was detecting exactly the place it got here from.
The crew consider that they’ve now discovered the supply of of the leak. The Roscosmos spokesperson stated that they’d obtain exact directions from mission management to hold out future work on the issue.
Quoted by the RIA Novosti information company, veteran Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka stated that the Russian gear aboard the ISS was properly previous its use-by date.
“All modules of the Russian phase are exhausted,” stated Padalka, who holds the world report for many days spent in house.
He added that the gear ought to solely be used for 15 years whereas it was now 20 years outdated.