Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-2366

Delivery of Servicing & Performance Checkout Equipment to the International Space Station Joint Airlock to Support Extravehicular Activity 2002-01-2366

In July 2001, during Space Shuttle Flight 7A, the Joint Airlock was added to the International Space Station (ISS) and utilized in performing the first extravehicular activity (EVA) from the ISS. Unlike previous airlock designs built by the United States or Russia, the Joint Airlock provides the ISS with the unique capability for performing EVAs utilizing either U.S. or Russian spacesuits. This EVA capability is made possible by the use of U.S.- and Russian- manufactured hardware items referred to as Servicing and Performance Checkout Equipment (SPCE) located in both the Joint Airlock's Equipment and Crew Locks.
This paper provides a description for each SPCE item along with a summary of the requirements and capabilities provided in support of EVA events from the ISS Joint Airlock.


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