The International Space Station is not working well enough. NASA ISS update released Monday focused on the upcoming SpaceX cargo resupply missions, but also noted that "the problem with the electric power system of the International Space Station."
NASA said that the problem stems from the basic bus switching unit (MBS), which sends energy to power two of the eight channels. ISS Solar panels provide power through these channels to manage all plant systems. Managers work on rerouting force six remaining channels.
NASA is trying to figure out what happened, and if it can restore full power to the station. "There are no immediate concerns for the crew or the station," said the space agency. ISS is now home to six astronauts with NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and Roscosmos.
Details of the poor, as NASA digs in her troubleshoot the fault.on the outside of the ISS, but we do not know whether there is any connection between the energy issue and the job of renovation.
Retrofitting mission SpaceX Dragon is scheduled to launch this week, but the question of power can interfere with these plans. "Discussions are currently underway to determine any impact on CRS-17 resupply missions SpaceX cargo to the target to launch on May 1," NASA said.