Russian engineers are developing a camera to detect oxygen leaks on the ISS

The development of the device has been carried out for two years - laboratory tests of the prototype are currently being carried out, in

If successful, the institute will begin production of the first full-fledged copy of the device.

If Roscosmos approves the implementation of the project, its production will be carried out by the Space Research Institute (IKI) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sachkov clarified.

We are now doing an ultraviolet camera for the ISS. She looks for leaks at the station itself, if there is some leakage of the compartments and there is a leak of oxygen from the station, its camera is determined. The laboratory model was made by us, and I think we will order a flight model somewhere, perhaps, at IKI. We have the necessary equipment for small tools, but we haven’t produced anything in our flight.

Mikhail Sachkov, INASAN

On August 30, 2018, it turned out that the suddenThe drop in pressure on the ISS was a consequence of the appearance of a 2 mm hole in the skin of the Soyuz orbital ship, on which the cosmonauts arrived at the station in June. Then it was officially announced that the malfunction did not pose a mortal threat to the astronauts, and no other leaks or damage were found.