MOSCOW: A smoke detector sounded on Thursday in Russia’s sector of the International Spaceport Station (ISS) and also astronauts smelled “burning” on board, Russia’s room agency and Nasa stated.
The event, which the Russian space agency Roscosmos said occurred at 01:55 GMT ahead of a scheduled spacewalk, is the latest in a string of problems to spur safety worries over conditions on the Russian segment.
“A smoke alarm was set off in the Zvezda service component of the Russian sector of the International Spaceport station during automated battery billing, and also an alarm system went off,” Roscosmos claimed in a declaration.
French astronaut Thomas Pesquet stated “the smell of burning plastic or digital devices” floated to the United States section of the terminal, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported, pointing out a Nasa broadcast.
The Russian team activated a filter and after the air was cleaned up the astronauts went back to sleep, Roscosmos stated.
The space agency claimed that an intended spacewalk would go ahead as set up.