The oxygen production system on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) it has failed, as reported by the Ria-Novosti agency, which cites the crew’s communications with Earth and which are transmitted by NASA.
As reported by a cosmonaut to a specialist at the Mission Control Center, near Moscow, the failure has been detected in the sistema Electron-VM installed in the Star module. According to the same source, oxygen interruptions can occur and in this case the station has sufficient supplies, so the crew would not be in any danger.
A spokesman for the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, has explained that the crew of the ISS will repair immediately the Russian oxygen generation system, picks up sputniknews.com.
For its part, the US segment of the Space Station has its own oxygen complex, which can work for the whole orbital complex.
As confirmed by Roscosmos, the Elektron-VM oxygen collection system installed in the Russian Zvezda module suffered a failure last October 14 at night. The same source has asserted that the incident does not represent any danger to the crew.
This problem has arisen after three new crew members, two Russian cosmonauts and an American astronaut, arrived at the ISS on Wednesday to bring the number of current crew on board to six.
The russian cosmonauts Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Wagner, Sergei Ryzhikov y Sergei Kud-Sverchkov, así como los NASA astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Kathleen Rubins are currently working at the station.
Based on the information received from the ISS-63 crew about the possible air leak location, MCC-M will soon advise the crew on further actions and methods to search the leak location.
Thus, based on the works conducted, the crew will be able to localize the possible leak area. pic.twitter.com/ti0kM9Brfz
– ROSCOSMOS (@roscosmos) October 15, 2020