First spacewalk of Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques

Media advisory

Longueuil, Quebec, April 4, 2019 — On April 8, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques will conduct a spacewalk. This will be the first time in 12 years that a CSA astronaut is going on a spacewalk.

Former astronaut Dave Williams, who holds the record for the highest number of hours performing spacewalks of any CSA astronaut, will be on site to provide commentary on this unique experience and take questions from the media.

CSA robotic flight controllers will support David Saint-Jacques' spacewalk.

Media representatives are invited to go to the CSA any time between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. while the event is being broadcast live. Those who cannot attend in person can watch the event live (or watch the video afterwards) on the CSA's YouTube channel.

April 8, 2019

Please note that the schedule is for information purposes only and may change depending on how the tasks are going during the spacewalk.

6:30 a.m. ET: Broadcast begins.
8:05 a.m. ET: Spacewalk begins. It will include the following tasks:

  • Relocate a battery adaptor plate.
  • Upgrade the ISS's wireless communications system.
  • Connect jumper cables along the midpoint of the Station's main truss to provide an alternate path of power to Canadarm2.
  • Install structural equipment for an upcoming external platform designed to hold science experiments.

2:30 p.m. ET: Spacewalk ends.

Spacewalk of astronaut David Saint-Jacques

Dave Williams, former CSA astronaut

Canadian Space Agency
John H. Chapman Space Centre
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Longueuil, Quebec  J3Y 8Y9

Animation by NASA of the spacewalk

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