NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 September 2015


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 September 2015.

Sergey Volkov of Roscosmos, Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency have boarded the Russian Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft that will carry them to the International Space Station.

All is on track for liftoff at 12:37 a.m. EDT Wednesday. NASA Television coverage of the launch will begin at 11:45 p.m. Watch on NASA TV or at:

The crew will make 34 orbits of Earth in two days en route to the station before arriving Friday, Sept. 4. The three will join Expedition 44 Flight Engineers Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren of NASA, Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos, and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It will be the first time since 2013 that nine people will be aboard the orbiting laboratory.

The trip enables Roscosmos to rotate a crew member and a Soyuz spacecraft. Volkov will remain aboard the station for the next six months, returning in March 2016 with one-year mission crew members Kelly and Kornienko in the Soyuz TMA-18M. Padalka, who launched in March with Kelly and Kornienko in the Soyuz TMA-16M, will return to Earth in that spacecraft on Sept. 11 with Mogensen and Aimbetov. Each Soyuz remains in orbit for about six months.

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On-Orbit Status Report

44 Soyuz (44S) Launch: 44S is scheduled to launch from Baikonur tonight at 11:37pm CDT carrying Aidyn Aimbetov, Andreas Mogensen and Sergey Volkov to the ISS which will increase the crew complement to 9 members. Docking is scheduled for this Friday, September 4 at 2:42am CDT.

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations:

- Fluid Shifts Flight Day 150 (FD150) Baseline Imaging Measurement: Today, Kornienko completed his Flight Day 150 (FD150) baseline imaging for the Fluid Shifts experiment. Kelly acted as the onboard imager and with ground remote guidance, ultrasound imaging was taken of arterial and venous measures of the head and neck, cardiac, ophthalmic and portal vein, and tissue thickness of lower and upper body. Additional measurements using the Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), ESA's Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Device, and Intraocular Pressure (IOP) using the tonometer will be taken later today. The imagery session was within the 10 day requirement following last week's dilution measurements. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut's eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

- Fine Motor Skills (FMS): Kelly completed his FD160 Fine Motor Skills session. During the Fine Motor Skills experiment crew members perform a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. The investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of Fine Motor Skills is to answer how fine motor performance in microgravity trend/vary over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation, and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Reconfiguration: Yui continued with the CBEF reconfiguration, removing and replacing the CBEF Incubator Unit (IU) 1G door. Today's operations also included connecting the Incubator Unit (IU) 1G Door Sensor and 1G Vent Fan Cable, and replacing the CO2 Sensor and finally attaching the IU 1G Sample Centrifuge Foam. These modifications are in support of the Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) has 3 features; individual breeding, artificial gravity and live return. It supports to evaluate more precise effects of the long-term microgravity exposure, which results can be applied to human being. CBEF reconfiguration will continue tomorrow.

Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR)-2 Installation and Checkout: Lindgren completed the post-transfer reconfigurations of the MSPR-2 rack. He will be removing launch locks, installing and mating connections for power, water, and argon gas lines. Following the reconfiguration, Lindgren performed the checkout the Rack Power Switch, Fire Indication, and High Rate Data Multiplexer System (HRMS). MSPR-2 commissioning continues tomorrow.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm 2 to position Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Tool Changeout Mechanism 2 (OTCM2) to grasp the Micro-Square Fixture (MSF) of Space Test Program - Houston 4 (STP-H4) and uninstall it from External Logistics Carrier (ELC) 1. After maneuvering into position, the SSRMS and SPDM then mated STP-H4 to the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) External Platform (EP). SPDM release of STP-H4 was followed by a pre-disposal survey using SPDM and ISS cameras. SPDM was then configured for stow and maneuvered to the Mobile Base System (MBS) where it was stowed on Power and Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). During the mating the SPDM LEE safed and lost calibration and mating was not reported complete although the umbilicals were connected. The Robotics Ground Controllers used manual latching to ensure the umbilicals were fully mated, then reset the SPDM LEE calibration and continued with the SPDM base change and release. Finally, the SSRMS was maneuvered to a Mobile Transporter (MT) translate configuration.

HTV Cargo Transfer Status: Lindgren completed 3.25 hours of HTV-5 Cargo transfer operations today. A total of 25 hours remain to complete HTV-5 cargo operations.

Today's Planned Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

Reaction Self-Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
ВКС Laptops Antivirus Scan Check and Status Report / r/g 8247
XF305 - Camcorder Setup
FS - Hardware Setup
CBEF - Experiment Ops Part 1
USND2 - Hardware Activation
HTV Transfers Ops
FINEMOTR - Testing
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 9774
Removal of Go Pro camera in ТПК 716. Transfer of Video to Hard Drive
Fluid Shifts - Donning Holter Arterial BP Hardware - Subject
Fluid Shifts - Baseline Scan - Subject
ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. Experiment Ops / r/g 9776
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group В2 r/g 8393
Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 716 / r/g 9646, 9711
Fluid Shifts - Scanning Operator
BAR. Ultrasound Analyzer АУ-1 R&R / r/g 9778
CBEF - Experiment Ops Part 2
Fluid Shifts - Hardware Connection and Power up
Fluid Shifts - Exam Operator
Fluid Shifts - Exam Assistance
FS - OCT Equipment Stowage
Fluid Shifts - Hardware Installation and Calibration Start
Tropical Cyclone P/L Closeout Ops
USND2 - Hardware Deactivation
Fluid Shifts - Photography
HAM radio session from Columbus
БД-2 R&R. / r/g 9779
Fluid Shifts - Camcorder and tonometer hardware setup for exam
CBEF - Cable Reconfiguration
HTV Transfers Ops
TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
WRS Water Sample Analysis
BIOEMULSIYA. Installation of Cryogem-03 / r/g 9772
Fluid Shifts - Tonometer Exam
Fluid Shifts - Tonometer Exam
Fluid Shifts - Hardware Removal and Stowage
FS - Tonometry Equipment Stowage
BIOSIGNAL. TBU-V No.2 Incubator Setup / r/g 9773
Fluid Shifts - Hardware Removal and Stowage
HTV - Cargo Transfer Tagup
XF305 - Camcorder Setup
ISS Crew Familiarization with VC-18 Timeline. / r/g 9775
MSPR2 - Hardware Reconfiguration
JRNL - Journal Entry
JEM Terminal Computer Reboot
JEM Remote Sensor Unit Battery R&R
Transfer of Video to Hard Drive. Clearing flash card. Charging battery. / Reference Materials 15.5.3 p.128
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group В2 r/g 8393
USND2 - Hardware Checkout
TOCA Data Recording
Go Pro - Stowage
USND2- Battery Installation
Crew Departure Prep
Endothelial Cells - Big Picture
USND2 - Restoring Configuration
USND2 - Software Update Completion
MSPR2 - Hardware Deactivation
SPRINT - Software Setup
MSPR2 - Hardware Checkout
IMS Delta File Prep
MSPR2 - Experiment Ops
USND2 - Equipment Deactivation and Stowage
Reaction Self-Test. Reaction Time Test (evening)

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

Fluid Shifts support
Robotic Operations

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 09/02: Sprint VO2, MSPR2 power checkout, KUBIK 5 setup, JSL Playbook Checkout, CAPBEV test
Thursday, 09/03: CBEF Mouse Habitat Unit interface unit install, MSPR laptop setup and LAN, USB checkout, Body Measures, CAPBEV Test
Friday, 09/04: 44S dock and ingress, CBEF MHU removal, MSPR2 video recording unit checkout

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:

Component - Status
Elektron - On
Vozdukh - Manual
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1") - Off
[СКВ] 2 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV2") - On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab - Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up

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