Robot Fedor named as a potential cause of the crack on the ISS

Alexander Khokhlov, a member of the North-Western Organization of the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics, named the robot Fedor

a potential cause of a crack on the ISS, which led to an air leak.

Recall that the ISS air leak wasdiscovered back in September last year. Subsequently, a 4.5 cm crack was found in the intermediate chamber of the Zvezda module, which was temporarily repaired. Now, Alexander Khokhlov, a member of the North-West organization of the Russian Federation of Cosmonautics, has put forward his theory about its source. So, the specialist assumes that the crack appeared during the unloading and loading of Fedor's robot last year.

”Through the intermediate chamber in August-SeptemberIn 2019, the cosmonauts moved the anthropomorphic Fyodor robot from the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to the station and back. The route of the robot's transfer was unplanned, since the ship was originally supposed to dock to the Search module, and not to the Zvezda module, ”Khokhlov said, noting that the robot was transported through a narrow intermediate chamber, which could result in a crack.