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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 2, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 October 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 October 2015.

Traveling about 252 miles over the North Atlantic, the unpiloted ISS Progress 61 Russian cargo spacecraft docked to the rear port of the Zvezda Service Module on the International Space Station at 6:52 p.m. EDT.
The spacecraft is delivering more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies, including 1,940 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen, 926 pounds of water, and 3,397 pounds of spare parts and experiment hardware for the members of the Expedition 45 crew currently living and working in space.

Progress 61 is scheduled to remain docked to ISS for the next two months.

On-Orbit Status Report

61 Progress (61P) Launch and Dock: 61P launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome this morning at 11:49am CDT. Once in orbit, the spacecraft performed a 4 orbit rendezvous with ISS and dock to the Service Module aft port at 5:52pm CDT. 61P is delivering over 1500 kgs of supplies to the ISS.

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer 6 (NRCSD#6) Installation: Kelly opened the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock inner hatch, extended the slide table into the module, and installed the Cubesat Quad Deployers onto the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the slide table. He was unable to install fasteners that attach the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) to the deployer. Ground teams are investigating and evaluating possible workarounds. Kelly retracted the slide table back into the Airlock and closed the interior hatch. The 16 cubesats in the deployers are scheduled for launches on Monday through Wednesday of next week, October 5th – October 7th.

Habitability: Kelly documented his recent observations related to human factors and habitability for the Habitability investigation. Habitability assesses the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights to destinations, such as near earth asteroids and Mars. Observations recorded during 6 month and 1 year missions can help spacecraft designers determine how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need.

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint) Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max: For his Flight Day 75 Sprint VO2 session, Yui attached to himself Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes, set up and donned Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) hardware, performed Portable PFS calibrations and an instrumentation check, and then performed the VO2 protocol. The Sprint VO2 investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers. Upon completion of this study, investigators expect to provide an integrated resistance and aerobic exercise protocol capable of maintaining muscle, bone and cardiovascular health while reducing total exercise time during long-duration space flights.

Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) Removal and Data Downlink: Yui retrieved the temperature logger from the PCRF and downlinked the data via a Station Support Computer (SSC). He also relocated the PCRF Maintenance Unit (PMU) for troubleshooting of the faulty PCRF Temperature Sensor #3.

Plant Gravity Sensing 2 (PGS2) Investigation: Yui retrieved a Seed Paper Kit from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI), prepared the Seed Papers for Culture Dishes and then returned the culture dishes to the MELFI. Tomorrow the seeds will be inserted into the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) to start the first of two runs for PGS2. This investigation supports the study of cellular formation of the gravity sensors and the molecular mechanism for gravity sensing in plants grown in microgravity conditions.

Non-Propulsive Vent (NPV) O-Ring Installation: Kelly inspected the Node 3 NPV sealing surface and installed new seals today. During an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) this past February, the NPV had been removed from Node 3 exterior in preparation for Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) relocation. During the removal process, the original seals remained adhered to Node 3 exterior. The NPV will be re-installed onto Node 3 exterior during the ISS Upgrades EVA scheduled for late October.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the SSRMS to grapple and unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). Next they maneuvered the SPDM in order to perform a survey of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers configured the SSRMS and SPDM for the start of the Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) Phase 2 Science Operations scheduled to begin tomorrow, October 2nd.

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

HABIT – Experiment Ops
SPRINT – Hardware Setup
Equipment Pre-gather for PWS2 R&R
JEMAL – Slide Table Extension
Prep for PWS2 R&R
CUBESAT – Hardware Setup
PWS2 R&R Activities
VCA2 Camera Adjustment
Changing BIOS Settings for PWS2 Laptop
PGS2 – Sample Retrieval
PGS2 – Sample Preparation
ARED Photo
NEIROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection
Morning Inspection, Laptop RS1(2) Reboot
PWS2 SW Load
PGS2 – Sample Insertion
Morning Inspection. Visual Inspection of Circuit Breaker [???] Position on DC1 Power Switch Panel (???) and Fuses on DC Fuse Boxes ???-30, 36 based on LED indication (prior to DC1 power bus check)
HAM radio session from Columbus
SPRINT – Hardware Power On
PWS2 SW Load
Crew Off Duty
PWS2 Cable Swap
PWS2 Activation
VIZIR. Experiment Ops
ISS HAM RADIO Deactivation
?2 Bungee System Swap
???1 and RS1 Laptop Transition to SW Version 08.08
BRI Log Dump from RSS1
??? Maintenance
SPRINT – Experiment Ops and Video
JEMAL – Slide Table Retraction
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD
Connecting ???? Feeder Unit to PCE antenna feeder
HMS – Food Frequency Questionnaire
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Kettell Test
CALCIUM. Experiment Session 7
ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace
Installation of Non-Propulsive Vent Seals in Node3
SPRINT – Equipment Stowage
Kit relocation from Node 1 to Node 2
MORZE. Closeout Ops
Soyuz 718 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Configuration Setup (???1???_2_224_1, CTB 1017 (002857J), Soft Container (00044322R) and start charging
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Soyuz 718 Samsung Tablet Computer Charge
PCRF – PCRF Logger Removal
Node 1 – Berthing Port Modification Kit Equipment Gathering
?? 718 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Battery Status Check
?? 718 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Terminate Charge, Teardown the Setup, Closeout Ops
PCRF – Experiment Ops
PCRF – Data Transfer to ELT2
?? 717 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Setup, Start Charging
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 0030
?? 717 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Battery Status Check
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
??? 717 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Terminate Charge, Teardown the setup, Closeout Ops (???1???_2_224_1, CTB 1017 (002857J), Soft Container (00044322R)
Soyuz 718 Samsung tablet charging – end
Node 1 – Berthing port modification kit procedure review
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
SPRINT – Closeout Ops
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
CLSW Tool Gathering
PWS2 Reboot
Closing USOS Window Shutters
RGN – Terminate water drain into EDV
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (end) and start backup
RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
Closure of outer covers on SM windows 6,8,9,12,13 and 14
Crew conference with Astronaut Office
Flight Director
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
Node 1 – Conference to discuss upcoming Node 1 Mod Kit installation
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
Activation/Deactivation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Data Monitoring
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Camcorder Stowage
Preparation for Progress 429 Docking to SM Aft
Activation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Monitoring
??? 429 Docking to SM Aft / Motion Control and Navigation System (????), 2.2 pp. 2-2, 2-3 (10-11); TORU 4 p. 19-27 + r/g 0147 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops after Docking
??? 429 Docking to SM Aft
On MCC Go Activation of MPEG2 Multicast Recording Mode on CP SSC
??? 429 Docking to SM Aft
Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast video via OCA
IMS Delta File Prep
Preparation of reports for Roscosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography

Completed Task List Items
Safety Video Follow-Up [In Work]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Timetag commanding associated with Optimized Propellant Maneuver (OPM)

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 10/02: JEMAL Depress, MELFI 2 Troubleshooting, MF Bed, IX Bed, EFA & MCA R&Rs, Cap. Beverage, WRS Waste Water Filter replace, RRM Phase 2
Saturday, 10/03: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 10/04: Crew Off Duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 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 – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Norm
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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