A smoke alarm was activated onboard Russia’s service module on the Worldwide House Station, area company Roscosmos stated on Thursday.
The area company stated on Twitter that each one methods on the Zvezda ISS system have been working correctly and plans for a spacewalk afterward Thursday have been nonetheless going forward.
“Immediately, a smoke detector was triggered within the Zvezda module throughout automated recharging of batteries and an alarm was triggered,” Roscosmos stated on Twitter.
The module gives dwelling quarters for crew members on the ISS.
Information company RIA, citing audio communications broadcast by NASA, reported that Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky had seen and smelled smoke.
French astronaut Thomas Presquet stated the scent of burnt plastic or electronics had unfold from the Russian section to the US part, RIA added.
The area station has suffered a number of mishaps in recent times and on 1 September a Russian official warned the ISS might undergo from “irreparable” failures resulting from outdated tools.
Cosmonauts have discovered new cracks in a part of the ISS which might widen over time, Vladimir Solovyov, the chief engineer of rocket and area firm Energia, advised state media.
He additionally stated 80% of inflight methods on the Russian section of the construction had handed their expiry date.