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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 January 2017

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 17, 2017
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 January 2017
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 January 2017.

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough from NASA and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency concluded their spacewalk at 12:20 p.m. EST.
During the nearly six hour spacewalk, the two astronauts successfully installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connections for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries on the International Space Station.

The new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates replace the nickel-hydrogen batteries currently used on the station to store electrical energy generated by the station’s solar arrays. These new batteries provide an improved power capacity for operations with a lighter mass and a smaller volume than the nickel-hydrogen batteries. Robotic work to update the batteries began in January. This was the second of two spacewalks to finalize the installation. Additional batteries will be replaced as part of this power upgrade over the next couple of years as new batteries are delivered to station.

Astronauts were also able to accomplish several get-ahead tasks including stowing padded shields from Node 3 outside of the station to make room inside the airlock and taking photos to document hardware for future spacewalks.

This was the second spacewalk in a week for Kimbrough and the fourth of his career, and the first for Pesquet in the refurbishment of two of the station’s eight power channels.

Space station crew members have conducted 197 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 51 days 6 hours and 4 minutes working outside the station.

On-Orbit Status Report

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #39: Kimbrough and Pesquet opened the Joint Airlock external hatch at 5:22 am CST in order to perform US EVA #39 (Lithium Ion Battery Remove & Replace (R&R) EVA #2). The EVA installs adapter plates and relocates Channel 1A Nickel Hydride (NiH2) batteries to complete the installation of the new Lithium Ion batteries. The primary objectives for the EVA are as follows:

Retrieve Adapter Plate E and F from the Express Pallet (EP)
Install Adapter Plate F in Slot 6
Relocate Battery 4 to Adapter Plate F
Install Adapter Plate E in Slot 4
Retrieve and Install Adapter Plate D in Slot 2
Fasten H1 Bolts on Li-Ion Batteries in Slots 1 and 5
The crew ingressed the airlock with a final Phase Elapsed Time (PET) for the EVA of 05:58 hours. In addition to the primary objectives, all get-ahead tasks were also completed as follows:

Node 3 Shields Bundle #3 Temp Stow
Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly (MTRA) Camera Light Pan and Tilt Assembly (CLPA) Swap
Latching End Effector (LEE) A Worksite Interface Fixture (WIF) Adapter R&R
S0 aft to Z1 forward (Rat’s Nest) Photo Mapping
Secure Solar Array Blanket Boxes (SABB) Restraints
Relocate Shields Bundle #2 to Node 3
Channel 1A batteries have been activated and are healthy.

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

RELAKSATSIYA. Hardware Setup.
EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU)
USOS Window Shutter Close
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
ISS crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment.
??-2 Kits Inventory Audit
RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal.
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe
Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 (DC1) and IMS updates
TIMER. Battery Charge
Crewlock Depress
Crewlock Post Depress
Crewlock Egress
T2 Ethernet Check
??? maintenance
S4 Battery R&R 1A Worksite Preparation
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plates Retrieval
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate F Installation
Audit of FGB interior panel latches
Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 (DC1) and IMS updates
S4 Battery R&R 1A Battery 4 Relocate
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate E Installation
TIMER. Experiment setup and initiation of video recording
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate D Retrival & Installation
VIZIR. Experiment Ops.
US EVA, Cleanup and Crewlock Ingress
TIMER. Experiment Ops Video Termination and Cleanup
EVA Get-Ahead Tasks
EVA Glove Photo Setup
A/L Ingress
Delta file prep
Crewlock Repress
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Crewlock Repress EVA PET end
FLUID SHIFTS Big Picture Overview
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
Return to nominal comm configuration after US EVA
EVA Glove Photo Downlink
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink

Completed Task List Items
EVA NOD3 Shield Pack
EVA Tool Config
MSG-MLC Power Check
SSC17 Check

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Channel 1A Battery activation and checkout
Untie Channel 1A and 1B

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 01/14: EVA Debrief, EVA Camera Disassembly, Airlock Deconfig, EMU Recharge
Sunday, 01/15: Crew Off Duty
Monday, 01/16: Capillary Flow, Fluid Shifts, SPHERES Dry Run, JSSOD Satellite Deploy, Galley Power Supply, EVA Tool Stow

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Idle
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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