A new structure was installed in the Columbus laboratory, part of the European module of the International Space Station (ERA). The component traveled on board the Japanese space freighter HTV9 and will be used to conduct new scientific experiments in the ISS.
The European Space Agency (ESA) reports that it was astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Harley, who debuted the SpaceX module that maneuvered and installed the European Drawer Rack Mark 2 (EDR). It works in parallel with the European Drawer Rack.
ESA explains that the operation was successfully completed and provided a video of the installation.
EDR2 is capable of supporting a wide variety of scientific and technological experiments and demonstrations. The structure provides energy, cooling systems, nitrogen, gas ventilation and data communication technologies. ESA adds that it was also designed to accommodate instruments with different dimensions and masses and to support experiments that are conducted close to you, but outside the Columbus cabin, where it is installed.
EDR2 will also receive a 3D printer, capable of working with metal, an instrument for analyzing granular compounds and a tool that allows investigating heat transfer flows. All of these will be essential to the work that follows on board the European laboratory.
It should also be noted that this structure replaced the European Transport Carrier, which was placed on HTV9 to be discarded.