STS-116 Mission Specialists Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang completed their scheduled electrical work and are now concentrating on other spacewalking tasks. Shortly after the start of the spacewalk at 2:41 p.m. EST, Curbeam and Fuglesang began STS-116’s work to rearrange the International Space Station’s power system from a temporary status to a permanent setup by rewiring two of the station’s four power channels. Systems were powered up at 4:45 p.m. following the completion of the electrical work.
Image above: STS-116 Mission Specialist Bob Curbeam floats with his spacesuit in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station as he prepares for the mission’s first spacewalk. Image Credit: NASA
The remaining two channels will be rewired during the mission’s third spacewalk, slated for Saturday. The STS-116 crew is performing the electrical work to bring power generated by the P4 solar arrays on line for use by the station’s systems and prepare for more arrays to be added next year.
Curbeam and Fuglesang are now focusing on the relocation of two crew equipment translation aid carts. This will clear the way for the station’s mobile transporter rail car to move down the station’s rail system to the S1 truss at a later date in preparation for the STS-117 mission next spring.