NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 April 2016

Expandable @BigelowSpace habitat being lifted into Dragon's trunk for a ride to the space station. Credit: SpaceX.

The six station residents researched advanced space science today inside the orbital laboratory. The crew is also training for the automated arrival and robotic installment of the SpaceX Dragon.

The crew members are exploring how living in space affects the human muscular system and heart function. The crew also preparing a high quality protein crystal experiment that may enable advanced drug treatments for a variety of diseases on Earth.

The SpaceX Dragon is the next cargo craft set deliver more science and crew supplies. It will launch Friday afternoon for a rendezvous and capture Sunday morning at the space station. The new Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will also be shipped to the Expedition 47 crew aboard the SpaceX. BEAM will be installed to the Tranquility module about a week after its arrival at the station for two years of habitability tests.

A Russian Progress 63 (63P) cargo craft completed a two-day delivery mission to the International Space Station Saturday afternoon. The crew opened the hatches to the 63P shortly afterward and began unloading nearly three tons of food, fuel and supplies.

On-Orbit Status Report

63 Progress (63P) Docking: 63P docked successfully to the Service Module (SM) Aft docking port on Saturday. Capture occurred at 12:57 PM CDT with hook closure at 1:03 PM CDT.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Installation: On Sunday, Peake installed 2 canisters containing 38 protein samples into the PCRF to obtain high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment. Results obtained by JAXA will contribute to the development of drugs for the influenza virus, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy and periodontitis. They will also aid in the development of a blood substitute and a new energy creating enzyme.

Exposed Facility Unit (EFU) Adapter: Williams supported Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) EFU Adapter installation to EFU #5. He activated the JEMRMS Robotics Laptop 2 (RLT2) and RMS monitors before opening the outer hatch and extending the Slide Table (ST) with the EFU Adapter to the JEF side. The ST was then retracted and the outer hatch was closed. JAXA's EFU Adapter is a new type of JEM exposed facility platform used as an interface between JEM Exposed Facility Unit and payloads. Up to 2 payloads can be attached to EFU Adapter by IVA (Inter-Vehicular Activity) in JPM.

Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System (MARES): Peake deployed MARES from the stowed configuration to the on-orbit deployed configuration before installing the mechanisms specific to the ankle configuration. MARES is a European Space Agency (ESA) system that will be used for research on musculoskeletal, biomechanical, and neuromuscular human physiology to better understand the effects of microgravity on the muscular system. MARES is a Joint USOS Experiment (JUE) performed with both USOS and Russian crew members.

Advanced Research Thermal Passive Exchange (ARTE): Kopra performed a visual inspection and activated the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) facility prior to installing the Thermal Exchange hardware in the MSG work volume. Kopra then transferred data for downlink before removing and stowing the Thermal Exchange hardware from the MSG. The ARTE investigation is sponsored by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and studies the performance of a new type of heat pipe, which is a passive, low-weight device used to increase a material's heat transfer capability. The investigation researches a new technology, called Axially Grooved Heat Pipes, which could be integrated into existing spacecraft, as well as used for future missions.

Biological Rhythms 48 Actiwatch Preparation: Williams configured Actiwatch and placed on his wrist when the measurement process automatically began. The JAXA Biological Rhythms experiment studies the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut's electrocardiogram for 48 hours. While the ISS keeps Houston time, it remains unknown whether a separate biological rhythm is imposed on long-term flight crews. To study this, astronauts wear an Actiwatch sleep monitor for 96 hours and a Holter electrocardiograph for 48 hours in the middle of that sequence.

Urine Processing Assembly Pre-Treat: Engineering teams are investigating a discrepancy discovered last Friday in the numerical setting for the Pretreat Bad Quality Light (PTBQL) in the new electronics box procured specifically for alternate pretreat. The control unit is set to a higher value than required, which the PTBQL would illuminate even at proper pre-treat dosage levels. The Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) pre-treat tank Remove & Replace (R&R) scheduled for Wednesday is being deferred until the issue can be addressed.

Node 3 Major Constituents Analyzer (MCA) anomaly: The Node 3 MCA experienced an unplanned shutdown today. Ground teams failed to restart the system and placed the MCA in idle mode. Secondary CO2 sensors are being used for now, and the forward plan is in work.

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

On MCC Go Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
Maintenance of SM АСП-О Hatch Sealing Mechanism And Progress 432 (SM Aft) Hatch
JEMRMS RLT2 Activation
Acoustic dosimeters installation - Day 1
Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) - Activation of MSG glove box
JEMAL - Slide Table extension
Work area cleanup in support of MARES experiment
Early unstow, priority, and US cargo transfers from Progress 432 (SM Aft) and IMS Ops / Progress 432 Transfer Ops + r/g 1812, 1831, 1832
Tightening of QD Screw Clamps between DC1 and Progress 431 / IRS Activation/Deactivation
PHS Hardware Setup
Health Maintenance System (HMS) - Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation - CMO
Periodic Health Status Evaluation - Subject
Dragon hardware preparation
MARES. PL Deployment in operational configuration
THRML. Hardware Replacement
СОЖ Maintenance
Biological Rhythms Actiwatch Preparation
MARES Deployment from stowed configuration to on-orbit utilization configuration
Dragon hardware preparation
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
DAN. Experiment Ops. Tagup with specialists / r/g 0119
DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 0119
PHS data entry and all hardware stowage
AHIS - Questionnaire [Aborted]
MARES. SW Update and Reboot
IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
MARES. Battery Charging (start) / See OPTIMIS Viewer for Procedure
Cleaning ПФ1, ПФ2 dust filters and В1, В2 Fan Grilles in DC1 / Thermal Mode Control System
US EVA Tool Stow
WRS Sample Collection
JEM Airlock - Releasing Capture Mechanism
Recording EPO Peake: Test video shooting for Planetarium [Deferred]
FS1 file server SW upgrade to new version 1.1 r/g 1839
TOCA Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis
Soyuz 719 "Kazbek" Fit Check
CONTSTANTA-2. Cassette Retrieval from TBU-V and Setup on the Panel for a 1-hour warmup / r/g 1840
MARES. Battery Charge - Second Run
Dragon hardware preparation
CONSTANTA-2. Preparing and Running Study Session 1 r/g 1840, steps 3-9
Early unstow, priority, and US cargo transfers from Progress 432 (SM Aft) and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1831, 1832
Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop (Cleaning and rebooting) / r/g 1023
MAR - Hardware Installation and Configuration
Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) EDV-U Remove and Replace
BRI Monthly Maintenance. Tagup with specialists as necessary / r/g 1841
CONSTANTA-2. Photography during Experiment / r/g 1844
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) - Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) - Full Fill
CWQMK Battery Removal
Early unstow, priority, and US cargo transfers from Progress 432 (SM Aft) and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1831, 1832
Water Processing using MCD
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) - Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) - Full Fill
MAR Fixing Adapter Nut
TOCA Data Recording
TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Change out
Bringing ODF up to date using Progress 432 delivered files / r/g 1826
THRML Equipment Stowage
JEMAL - Slide Table Retraction
JEMRMS - Equipment deactivation
IMS Delta File Prep
Onboard Training (OBT) - Dragon Rendezvous Procedures Review
HRF2 - Supply Kit Inventory
MARES. Battery Charge - Charge Status, Deactivation
THRML Equipment Stowage
MSG power off
Photo/TV - Video camera set up
CUCU Activation
GLACIER1 Desiccant Replacement
Air Heater Fan [БВН] Screen Cleaning in Soyuz 719
GLACIER1 - Desiccant Replacement
CUCU Check
Emergency OBT Simulator Review
Crew Command Panel (CCP) Stow for Crew Sleep
On MCC Go БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)

Completed Task List Items

CCE-Space Symposium message
CCE-National Space message
Galley Table install
Dragon pre-pack [Active]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
JEMRMS EFU Adapter install
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 04/05: Transfer Dragon pre-pack, Rodent Research familiarization, MARES
Wednesday, 04/06: MDCA hardware replace, Pre-treat tank R&R
Thursday, 04/07: Rodent Research hardware setup, METEOR setup/install

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

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