On April 28, 2022, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Artemyev and Denis Matveev performed the extra vehicle activities (EVA – spacewalk). The cosmonauts jettisoned thermal blankets used to protect the arm during its July 2021 launch with Nauka. They also flexed the arm's joints, released launch restraints, and monitored the arm's ability to use two grapple fixtures. The EVA lasted 7 hours and 42 minutes. It was the 5th EVA for Oleg Artemyev and the 2nd EVA for Denis Matveev. It was the 157th EVA performed by cosmonauts in Soviet/Russian spacesuits since March 1965.