2 February in the first in 2018 beyond the International space station (ISS), which lasted more than 8 hours, cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton shkaplerov on its exterior successfully installed on the instrument the unit is highly directional antenna, a new receiver module broadband communication systems to significantly increase bandwidth and transmission efficiency and measurement target information in real-time using the satellite system "Luch".
The module will allow almost around the clock to carry out sessions of broadband, communications with the ISS RS, including the period of the station outside the zones of radio visibility of the Russian ground tracking stations. Astronauts Russian segment will have the opportunity to be in constant communication, including in a videoconference mode with the mission control Center, share with the Land for large files.
Today in geostationary Earth orbit are three spacecraft multifunctional space system relaying "Ray" that enables a test mode to conduct sessions of reception and information transfer in areas outside the zones of radio visibility of the Russian ground tracking stations. The combined use of ground and satellite control loops will allow the mission control Center (MCC) TsNIIMash to increase efficiency and reliability in the management of a group of spacecraft as the program of manned flights and future robotic spacecraft scientific and socio-economic purposes.
Exit Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov in the open space