The next spacewalk of Russian cosmonauts will take place in April-May 2023, Roscosmos CEO Yuri Borisov said on Sunday.
The scientific program will be continued. In April-May, there will be a spacewalk to equip the Nauka module,” Borisov said at the Mission Control Center after the Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft docked with the ISS.
He added that the ship docked at the station “softly”. On it, the crew of the previous Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft will return to Earth in the normal mode.
On the Soyuz MS-22 itself, which will be launched to Earth without a crew, the results of experiments and other equipment will be returned, including faulty ones, for example, the battery of one of the Russian spacesuits that failed in August 2022.
The previous spacewalk under the Russian program took place on November 17, 2022. Cosmonauts Prokopiev and Petelin after him had to work four more times overboard the station, but the exits were postponed due to depressurization of the cooling system of their ship.
The Soyuz MS-23 spacecraft flew unmanned to the ISS to replace the previous Soyuz MS-22, whose thermal control system was depressurized in December last year.
The crew, Russian cosmonauts Sergei Prokopyev and Dmitry Petelin, as well as American astronaut Frank Rubio, will transfer their seats to the new ship and return on September 27, 2023. Their expedition, which began on September 21, 2022, will double and last more than 370 days.