NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 June 2016


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 June 2016.

A cargo ship that was released last week from the International Space Station will re-enter Earth's atmosphere Wednesday. Back inside the orbital lab, the crew practiced emergency procedures after a light day of science and maintenance.

The Orbital ATK Cygnus space freighter is spending its last day in space today. Cygnus has been busy conducting an array science activities including a fire experiment and deploying nanosatellites. It will complete its last experiment Wednesday monitoring its own destruction when it deorbits into Earth's atmosphere.

Aboard the space station, the three-member Expedition 48 crew practiced an emergency drill. In the unlikely event of an emergency such as a rapid depressurization, the crew would put on gas masks, head to its Soyuz spacecraft, put on their Sokol spacesuits and prepare for an undocking and descent back to Earth.

More saliva samples were collected today for the Multi-Omics study researching how an astronaut's immune system is affected by a long-term spaceflight. The crew also explored heart health in space and analyzed water samples for microbes.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer- External (NRCSD-E) Operations: Following Cygnus unberth last week, today NRCSD-E conducted post departure satellite deployments prior to Cygnus re-entry tomorrow, June 22. This set of cubesats includes 3 deployment silos containing a total of 5 LEMUR satellites. Two out of three silos (four out of five satellites) were successfully deployed. The Orbital team downlinked and reviewed imagery to ascertain why one of the CubeSats did not deploy. Further troubleshooting is ongoing. The LEMUR satellites are equipped with payloads to provide two primary data products: AIS Data (Maritime Domain Awareness) and GPS-RO Data (Weather). NRCSD-E is a mechanical separation system for small U-class satellites designed specifically to interface with the Orbital-ATK Cygnus cargo resupply vehicle. It consists of an array of up to six individual 6U deployers contained within one mechanical housing that releases the CubeSats from Cygnus after it has completed its primary mission and departed the ISS.

Multi-Omics Operations: The crew supported the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation by collecting saliva samples and inserting them into the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts' immune function by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap: In preparation for tomorrow's loop scrub activities, the crew retrieved EMUs 3005 and 3008 from the Crewlock and temp stowed them. He then removed EMU 3010 from the forward EMU Don/Doff Assembly (EDDA) and installed EMU 3008. He removed EMU 3003 from the aft EDDA and installed EMU 3005.

Microbial In-Flight Water Operations: The crew performed analysis of water samples collected earlier to determine water quality onboard the ISS. The focus was on microbial and coliform detection.

On-Board Training (OBT) 46 Soyuz (46S) Emergency Drill: The crew completed an emergency egress drill for proficiency in the event of an ISS emergency requiring crew departure. The OBT is scheduled after 12-14 weeks aboard the ISS and once every two and one half months thereafter.

Today's Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Multi Omics (MO) Saliva Sample Collection
Biochemical Urine Test r/g 2583
Multi Omics (MO) MELFI Sample Insertion
Multi Omics (MO) Equipment Stowage
Biochemical Urine Test r/g 2583
Multi Omics (MO) Questionnaire Completion
URISYS Hardware Stowage
JEMRMS Activate and Start Bus Monitor
JEMRMS RLT2 Laptop Activation
JEMAL Slide Table (ST) Extension to JEF Side
COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops / r/g 2579
Maintenance Closures of Vozdukh Valves
Work Prep
Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2598
WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
RELAKSATSIYAHardware Setup r/g 2599
EMU backpack replacement
СОЖ Maintenance
COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 2600
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment r/g 2599
JEMAL Slide Table Retraction
JEMRMS USB Memory Stick Virus Check
RS Photo Cameras Sync Up to Station Time / r/g 1594
JEMRMS Deactivation of RLT2 Laptop
RELAKSATSIYA. Observation r/g 2599
Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise, Optional
RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal r/g 2599
URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2598
Stopping JEMRMS Arm Bus Monitoring
JEMRMS Data Transfer
ISS Emergency Descent OBT r/g 2596
PAO Hardware Setup
Crew Prep for PAO
PAO Event
SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 2597
IMS Delta File Prep
Habitability Walk-Through Video Reminder
SPLANH. Diet Restrictions Reminder / r/g 2595
Completed Task List Items
iPAD cert update [Active]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
EMU ops support
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 06/22: EMU 3005, 3008 water maintenance/loop scrub
Thursday, 06/23: Habitability, Microchannel Diffusion plate changeout
Friday, 06/24: JEMAL pressurization, leak check, PBRE hardware stow

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 - Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Norm
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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