NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 August 2014

In the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 40 flight engineer, conducts a session with a trio of soccer-ball-sized robots known as the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES. The free-flying robots were equipped with stereoscopic goggles called the Visual Estimation and Relative Tracking for Inspection of Generic Objects, or VERTIGO, to enable the SPHERES to perform relative navigation based on a 3D model of a target object. Credit: NASA.

Today: Resist Tubule: Over the weekend, Commander (CDR) Swanson removed the Resist Tubule samples from the +2 Celsius Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI), inserted the samples into Measurement Experiment Unit B and attached the unit inside the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) 1-gravity Incubator Unit (IU).

Today, he removed the Resist Tubule samples from the micro-gravity IU and inserted them into the Clean Bench (CB) for observation. Resist Tubule clarifies the mechanisms of gravity resistance. Gravity resistance is a principal gravity response in plants, and plays an important role in the transition of plant ancestors from an aquatic environment to a terrestrial environment (about 450 million years ago), and in the consequent establishment of land plants. This present study clarifies the mechanisms of gravity resistance, in particular the processes from signal transformation and transduction, to response.

Robonaut Mobility Upgrades: Swanson continued Robonaut mobility upgrades by installing cables, establishing connections and cabling the new processors and cards installed last week. These upgrades are in preparation to support the installation of the Robonaut legs. Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot designed with the versatility and dexterity to manipulate hardware, exhibit greater endurance than humans and react safely when bumped or interacted with in a way that was not expected.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Smartphone: CDR Swanson attempted to map the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM), US Lab, and Node 2 using Smartphones delivered on Orbital-2. One wall of the JEM was mapped, but due to intermittent connectivity with the Wireless Access Point (WAP), the Smartphone application took longer to download than expected. Time will be scheduled at a later date to complete the remaining mapping objectives. The SPHERES Smartphone investigation will demonstrate telerobotic operations using SPHERES and smartphone technology, as well as assess the capability of consumer electronics to perform vision-based navigation.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Fuel Replace: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman replaced both MDCA fuel reservoirs inside the CIR. With new reservoirs in the place, the ground team will be able to resume FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 test points. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

On Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Departure Review: Wiseman and FE-6 Gerst performed OBT in preparation for Orb-2 departure scheduled for Friday, August 15. This proficiency training covered departure profile, crew procedures and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding Cygnus.

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Transfer Review: Swanson, Gerst and Wiseman reviewed ATV transfer procedures in preparation for ATV-5 cargo operations beginning later this week.

ATV Fly Under: The ATV successfully performed a fly under of the ISS last Friday to gather data for the Laser Infra-Red Imaging Sensors (LIRIS) experiment. The closest point of approach occurred at 5:45 pm CDT at a range of 6.1 km. ATV-5 is scheduled to dock to the ISS tomorrow at 8:30 am CDT.

Today's Planned Tasks

RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 6238 [Complete]
Terminate 825М3 unit 1charging and remove from charging +r/g 6335 [Complete]
Install battery packs on Orlan No.4 and No.5 БРТА r/g 6311 [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings. r/g 6329 [Complete]
SLAMMD - setup [Complete]
Gather Russian Hardware for first ATV ingress. r/g 6332 [Complete]
RST - Parts Gathering [Complete]
SLAMMD - body mass measurement [Complete]
RST - CB setup [Complete]
RST -MG Sample CB insert [Complete]
SLAMMD - body mass measurement [Complete]
ATV-CC - ISS crew voice checks [Complete]
SPHERES - PL conference [Complete]
Orlan suit No.4 Height Sizing r/g 6311 [Complete]
EVA Tool Stow [Complete]
RADIN - Detector Removal [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Receiving BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS. r/g 6329 [Complete]
RADIN - Handover of Detectors to RS [Complete]
Cygnus OBT [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings. r/g 6329 [Complete]
SLAMMD - body mass measurement [Complete]
RGN REC-TNK - QD Config [Complete]
Orlan suit No.5 Height Sizing r/g 6311 [Complete]
Orlan suit No.4 and БСС (Orlan Interface Unit) Leak Checks and Valve Tests [Complete]
СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
SLAMMD - equipment stow [Complete]
WRS - Recycle Tank Fill from EDV [Complete]
SSC - relocation [Complete]
Orlan suit No.5, БСС (Orlan Interface Unit) leak check and valve tests [Complete]
ПхО БК-3М Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
USOS EVA tools stow [Complete]
DC1 БК-3М Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
Return of SSC (crew preference) used for EMU-LLB AUTO-TERM [Complete]
ATV cargo transfer list review [Complete]
SPHERES - setup [Complete]
Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO. [Complete]
Assistance during Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO. [Complete]
PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
Crew prep for PAO [Complete]
PAO Event [Complete]
ATV - hardware transfer tagup [Complete]
ROBONAUT - camcorder setup [Complete]
R2 - Mobility Install 6 [Complete]
Preparing for Inter-module Air Exchange Reconfiguration between ATV-5 and SM r/g 6324 [Complete]
Setting up NASA gear for use on Orlan-M [Complete]
PWS - Power Cable Swap [Deferred]
R2 - Mobility Install 7 [Complete]
Installation of Orlan-M Add-on Equipment, Photography, Photo Downlink / r/g 6331 [Complete]
SPHERES - Smartphone map [Complete]
Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO. [Complete]
Assistance in Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO [Complete]
CIR - rack door opening [Complete]
IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
MDCA - replacement [Complete]
Installation of Orlan-M Add-on Equipment, Photography, Photo Downlink / r/g 6331 [Complete]
Preparing for Inter-module Air Exchange Reconfiguration between ATV-5 and SM ПрК. r/g 6324 [Complete]
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 6238 [Complete]
RGN - water drain in EDV init [Complete]
Exercise data downlink / r/g 5929 [Complete]
ISS - HAM RADIO Deactivation [Complete]
RGN - water drain in EDV term [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
Sabatier Purge [Complete]
CIR - rack door closing [Complete]
SPHERES - Hardware Deactivation and Closeout [Complete]
Closing USOS Window Shutters [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
Earth Imagery
WHC KTO replace [Complete]
WHC-ЕДВ-У R&R
Roscosmos Report
SSCV5 server load
Transfer ATV Review
3DA1 cam ops
AQM H/W relocate
ARED detent flip
Data prep return CDR, FE-1, FE-2
Cygnus cargo ops
CTB unpack/relocate
Food warmer mod
NOD2OP2-2 LHA R&R
RS BCR scanner setup [Complete]
SSCV5 data move - CDR, FE-1, FE-2, FE-4, FE-6
SSCV5 training - FE-2, FE-4, FE-6
Ground

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 08/12: ATV dock, FASTER, Resist Tubule
Wednesday, 08/13: Body Measures, ATV leak check, Cygnus OBT, SPHERES
Thursday, 08/14: N2 activities for Orb-2 unberth, ATV cargo ops, EML transfer
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 - Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Stop
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
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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