NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 9 July 2015

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 44/45 crew members (from left) Kjell Lindgren of NASA; Oleg Kononenko of the Russian Federal Space Agency; and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency pose for pictures following a news conference July 8. Credit: NASA/Seth Marcantel.

The International Space Station will get an orbital boost tonight to get ready for upcoming Soyuz crew missions. On the ground, three new crew members are preparing for their Friday departure to the launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The orbiting Expedition 44 trio, with Commander Gennady Padalka and One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, is looking forward to expanding to three new crew members. Soyuz Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui will take a six-hour ride July 22 in the Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft for a five month stay in space.

On the station, Kelly is getting Japan's Kibo airlock ready for next week's deployment of 16 Cubesats over four days. Kornienko continued moving supplies from the new ISS Progress 60 space freighter. Padalka worked on the Vozdukh, a Russian carbon dioxide removal system, the Zvezda service module. All the crew members then practiced emergency evacuation procedures.

NASA announced today that four astronauts have been selected to train on commercial crew vehicles. Veteran astronauts Robert Behnken, Sunita Williams, Eric Boe and Douglas Hurley are now training for a commercial crew launch in 2017 as part of NASA's journey to Mars.

On-Orbit Status Report

ISS Reboost: A planned reboost is scheduled at 9:54 pm CDT tonight using 58P thrusters. Delta V will be 1.22 m/s and burn duration is estimated to be 10 minutes and 57 seconds. The reboost will set up phasing for 43S docking and dynamic operations for future visiting vehicles.

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Operations: Kelly reviewed the procedures and overview and began preparations for a series of deployments of CubeSats from a NRCSD via the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) beginning next Monday. He then opened the JEM Airlock (AL) inner hatch, extended the slide table into the module, and installed the Cubesat Quad Deployers onto the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP), which is mounted on the slide table. Preparations are scheduled to be completed tomorrow.

Habitability Video Walk-through Session Postponed: This activity was postponed to allow additional time for NRCSD preparations.

On-Board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Response: This training session was performed by both the ground and crew to practice ISS Emergency response based on information provided by a simulator. During the exercise the crew practiced required actions during a depress event, ammonia event and US and Russian segment fire events. Following the training the crew and ground teams had a conference to discuss questions and comments.

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

CASCAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
Crew Prep for PAO
CUBESAT - Procedure Review
PAO hardware setup
TV Conference with the Participants of Science School "Space Exploration: Theory and Practice"
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
Checkout of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [СОА] assemblies.
Progress 428 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops
Re-mating Vozdukh [СОА] TLM-connectors
Checkout of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [СОА] assemblies.
IMS Delta File Prep
JEM - Slide Table Retraction [Deferred]
JEMAL - Depressurization [Deferred]
ТК 716 Kazbek Fit Check
Filling EDVs
EXPOSE-R. Copy and Downlink Data
PAO Hardware Setup
Crew Prep for PAO
PAO Event
TV Greetings for Norilsk Nickel 80-anniversary
Verification of Airlock Depressurization Completion in JEM
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops
СОЖ Maintenance
Rodent Research - Cold Block Retrieval
IMS and Stowage Conference
Verification of JEM Airlock Venting Completion [Deferred]
Training for Emergency Response On-board ISS
Comm reconfig for Nominal Ops after OBT Drill
HABIT - Video Recording [Deferred]
On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Drill Conference
CASCAD. Starting Anabioz Battery No. 1 Charge
SM Rodnik БВ2 Water Tank Bladder Compression -Closeout ops
Closure of outer covers on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 for ISS Reboost
CASCAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
Health Maintenance System (HMS) - Food Frequency Questionnaire
Crew conference with Astronaut Office
Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
[АСН-М] Navigational Receiving Module (НПМ) Setup Configuration
Closing USOS Window Shutters
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

JEMAL depress [Deferred]
OASIS video
Emergency OBT ops
Lab CDRA Activation
Lab TCCS Activation
N3 TCCS Deactivation
N3 CDRA Deactivation [Planned]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 07/10: NRCSD Prep, N3 CDRA leak check
Saturday 07/11: Crew off duty, housekeeping
Sunday, 07/12: Crew off duty
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 - Operate
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) - Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Warmup
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Off

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