NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 November 2018 - Russian Resupply Spacecraft Launches


NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 November 2018 - Russian Resupply Spacecraft Launches.

Carrying almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the International Space Station crew, the unpiloted Russian Progress 71 cargo spacecraft launched at 1:14 p.m. EST (12:14 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, Baikonur) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

At the time of launch, the International Space Station was flying about 252 statute miles over southern Kazakhstan.

The resupply ship reached preliminary orbit and deployed its solar arrays and navigational antennas as planned. The Russian cargo craft will make 34 orbits of Earth before docking to the orbiting laboratory at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. NASA Television coverage of rendezvous and docking will begin at 1:45 p.m.

Progress 71 will remain docked at the station for more than four months before departing in March for its deorbit in Earth's atmosphere.

Crew aboard the space station are scheduled to receive two cargo resupply missions in the coming days. Tomorrow, launch of Northrop Grumman's Antares rocket with Cygnus cargo spacecraft bound for the International Space Station is targeted for 4:01 a.m. from Pad 0A of Virginia Space's Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, located at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. NASA TV will provide launch broadcast coverage online beginning at 3:30 a.m. A Cygnus launch Saturday would result in capture and berthing on Monday, Nov. 19.

On-orbit Status Report

Progress (71P) Launch: 71P successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 12:14PM CT. 71P will be performing a 34 orbit rendezvous with ISS, which sets the stage for docking on Sunday at 1:29PM CT.

Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Integration: The crew performed tasks to install work volume filters, deploy the LSG Laptop, and made rack-to-rack connections to EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments for Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 4. The LSG was then successfully commissioned by ground teams. The LSG is a sealed work area that accommodates life science and technology investigations in a "workbench" type environment. Due to its larger size design, two crewmembers can work in the LSG simultaneously.

Meteor: The crew removed and replaced the hard drive in the Meteor laptop. The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument used to observe meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. The study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Veggie-03: Veggie-03 plants were checked for growth progression and watered as necessary. The Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad-type crops to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious, and safe source of fresh food and a tool to support relaxation and recreation.

Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10) Cygnus On-board Training: Today, the crew performed a second training session utilizing the Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT). ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback. NG-10 Antares 230 Rocket is on track to launch on Saturday, November 17 at 3:01AM CT. Cygnus capture is planned for Monday, November 19 at 4:20AM CT.

Completed Task List Activities:

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
CBCS Checkout Support
LSG Commissioning

Three Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 11/17:


NG-10 Launch at 3:01AM CT
OBT TORU Conference

Sunday, 11/18:


71P Docking at 1:29PM CT

Monday, 11/19:

Probiotics Sampling
Veggie-03 Plant Check

Cygnus Rendezvous, Capture, Berth, and Ingress

Today's Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Making a documentary about life onboard the ISS
R PAO event report preparation
SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
ECON-M. Observations and photo (Task list)
Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Integration
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Preparation for the Experiment
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (MO-3 Test in Passive Mode) Environmental Health System (EHS) - Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintanence
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops
Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) and Vestibule Outfitting Equipment Gather
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops. Tagup with specialists
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hygiene Procedures
Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout
Replacement of the control Laptop RS1 with the control Laptop RS3
LSG Glove Port Removal and Install
HRF Supply Check
СОЖ Maintenance
Polar Cygnus Uninstall, Transfer, And EXPRESS Rack Install Review
Vacuum Cleaning area behind panels 405, 406 and MRM1 Interior
Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
Ghost camera setup in Cupola
Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Setup and moding ТБУ-В No.05 to +4 deg С
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus
Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
Cygnus Capture Review
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
LSG Work Volume Stow
VEG-03G Plant Check/Water
Overlay Camera Calibration
Rodent Research Hardware Wanted Poster

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