NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 September 2013


NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 September 2013

Change of Command: Today, off-going Commander (CDR) Vinogradov handed over ISS command responsibilities to CDR Yurchikhin.

LAB Robotics Work Station (RWS) Loss of Communication (LOC): Shortly after midnight Friday night the C&C Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) lost comm with the (primary) LAB RWS. Ground teams performed troubleshooting over the weekend which resulted in 5 failed power cycles, however that was followed by 4 successful power cycles. Preliminary analysis indicates a possible intermittent hardware issue with the Control Electronics Unit (CEU), or a less likely software timing issue. The LAB RWS is currently powered up and operating nominally as the active RWS. Ground teams will continue to assess options for further troubleshooting and will be updating procedures in case a CEU R&R is required. Launch Commit Criteria Flight Rules associated with Cygnus Orbital D-1 launch on 17 September require both Lab and Cupola RWSs.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA) Removal and Replacement (R&R): Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Cassidy performed an R&R of the FCPA today. Ground teams have begun an extensive checkout of the new FCPA. At this point the R&R appears to be successful, however ground teams will not know for sure until the next process cycle occurs within the next day. The On-orbit Replacement Unit (ORU) had failed last week due to a spike in high motor current. This R&R has used the last available FCPA spare onboard ISS. An additional FCPA is currently manifested for SpaceX-3.

On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Offset Grapple #1: Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and the ISS Crew (FE-6 Nyberg and FE-5 Parmitano) maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) into and out of the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). They repeated this six times and then maneuvered the SSRMS back to the PMM High Hover position. This was the first of two SSRMS practice sessions to help prepare the ISS Crew for capturing the Orbital-Demonstration 1 (Orb-D1) on 22 September 2013. After the completion of the grapple practice, Nyberg set up the Node 3 camcorder to provide a view of Cupola Robotic Workstation (RWS) Monitor 1 for the Orb-D1 RWS Visiting Vehicle Overlays checkout. The Robotics Ground Controllers then maneuvered the SSRMS to the first overlays checkout position. The Capture Volume was verified by the Visiting Vehicle Officers at this position and a subsequent three positions of the SSRMS. At the completion of the checkout the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS back to the PPM High Hover position. MSS performance today was nominal.

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Hard drive Exchange: Nyberg exchanged the DECLIC hard drive today. The hard drive that was removed was placed within the DECLIC Electronics Locker (ELL). This activity is in preparation for the first session planned next increment. The investigation is important for the development of cooling systems for use in space as well as systems which may be useful in waste disposal and recycling on Earth.

Change of Command: Today, off-going Commander (CDR) Vinogradov handed over ISS command responsibilities to CDR Yurchikhin. The change of command is more than ceremonial, as it defines the point when the 35S Soyuz crew becomes prime in the event of an ISS emergency. The 35S crew consisting of Yurchikhin, Parmitano, and Nyberg will remain onboard the ISS until their return, currently planned for 11 November, 2013.

Today's Planned Tasks

PROK - Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
Reaction Self Test [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning [Complete]
HRF - Urine Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
HRF - Activation of Centrifuge [Complete]
HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configure [Complete]
HRF Blood Draw [Complete]
ISS - HAM Radio Session [Complete]
О2/СО2 sampling [Complete]
LBNP Exercise (FINAL) [Complete]
HRF - Blood sample removal from centrifuge and its deactivation [Complete]
HRF - Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Stow [Complete]
Removal of Air Heater ВН1 on SM panel 219 [Complete]
LBNP Exercise (FINAL) [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
HRF - Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
HRF - Equipment Stowage after experiment [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Prepare Tritel experiment results for return to the ground. [Complete]
DOSIMETER - Handover of Dosimeters to Russian Crew for Return on ТК 708 [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Transfer of Tritel Passive Detectors and USB flash drive to ТК [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Transfer of PADLE detectors and handover for Return [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Photos of Handover [Complete]
BAKTERIOFAG. Removal and Transfer of BIOECOLOGIYA Case to TK [Complete]
CUPOLA RWS activation and settings[Complete]
Collecting SM and FGB Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler [Complete]
ТК 708 Stowage Ops[Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
CIR - Alignment Guide Removal[Complete]
SM Air Sampling for CO using ИПД Samplers [Complete]
OBT - Cygnus Rendezvous and Docking Conference[Complete]
ИПД Air Sampling for Ammonia in SM [Complete]
Microbial Sample Collection [Complete]
OBT - Cygnus Rendezvous and Docking Review [Complete]
Air Heater Fan [БВН] Screen Cleaning in ТК 708 БО [Complete]
ТК 708 Return Equipment Stowage Ops [Complete]
RSS2 shell replacement [Complete]
PROK. Food logfile and PH Logsheet Photography [Complete]
FCPA unit replacement [Complete]
OBT - Cygnus Robotics Procedure Review [Complete]
СОЖ maintenance [Complete]
OBT- Cygnus Robotics Backaway and abort Procedure Review [Complete]
Preliminary stow of US equipment for return on Soyuz 34 [Complete]
OBT Cygnus Offset Grapple 1 [Complete]
Exercise data downlink [Complete]
Sanitary-Hygiene Status Monitoring [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
SSRMS OBT Debrief [Complete]
Set up the first Orlan Battery Pack for discharge and start [Complete]
МСА HV01 valve closure [Complete]
Transfers completion report for equipment in ТК 708 payload container [Complete]
DECLIC portable disc replacement [Complete]
Signing ISS RS Handover Protocol [Complete]
О2/СО2 sampling [Complete]
PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
Change of Command Ceremony [Complete]
Video equipment set-up for recording RWS ops [Complete]
Check and Maintain Comm from ТК 708 via RGS [Complete]
Reaction Self Test [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation
Data Prep for Return (CDR)
Data Prep for Return (FE-2)
КТО replace
Prepare reports for Roskosmos web-site
URAGAN. Observation and photography
EKON-M. Observation and photography
34S US Prepack [In Work]
Data Prep for Return (FE-3) [In Work]
EMER-2 Pen and Ink Update [Complete]
CMO OBT [Complete]
Crew Arrival Prep
Cygnus Trash Prep [Complete]
SpX3 crew preference repack [Complete]
Measurement and additional photo documentation of the newly rebuilt PVCU MDM/Bracket. [Complete]
Move new LiOH canister into Post Fire Cleanup Kit and stage old LiOH from kit for trash. [Complete]
UltraBay Adapter (UBA) Consolidate

Standard Ground Commanding [Complete]
FCPA Checkout [In Work]
Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 9/10: 34S Undock and Landing, Cygnus Pregather,
Wednesday, 9/11: Crew Off Duty day
Thursday, 9/12: InSPACE3, Ovhd CQ Cleaning

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:

Component - Status
Elektron - On
Vozdukh - On
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1") - Off
[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 - Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Stop
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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