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KBR Personnel Play Key Roles at NASA

January 04, 2022

KBR Personnel Play Key Roles at NASA

KBR flight controllers, instructors, and other experts at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, provided support for a trio of recent spacewalks to install new solar arrays on the International Space Station (ISS).

KBR personnel helped plan, install, and deploy the ISS Roll Out Solar Arrays (iROSA), which included training the astronauts who accomplished the task, choreographing their activities, and troubleshooting issues. The space station uses solar arrays to collect energy from the sun, which in turn provides electrical power for operations. The arrays were designed for a 15-year service life and have been operating continuously since the first pair was deployed in December 2000. As expected, the old arrays began showing signs of wear after continued daily use for more than 20 years. As part of the project, NASA plans to augment three of the original four solar array pairs by adding new, smaller array pairs that “roll open,” resulting in a 20–30% increase in energy. To make this happen, NASA planned at least two spacewalks, or extravehicular activities (EVAs), to deploy each array pair. In the end, KBR personnel collaborated with each other and NASA to complete the installation and deployment of the first array. The crew repeated their success with deployment of the second array during the third spacewalk on June 25. Totaling 20.5 hours, the three spacewalks were designed, planned, trained, and executed by KBR employees in collaboration with NASA.
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