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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 19 January 2016

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 20, 2016
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 19 January 2016
Expedition 46 Commander and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly works to clean up a leak in the Waste and Hygiene Compartment aboard the International Space Station. Crew members are routinely called on for maintenance efforts across the orbiting laboratory as they work to keep their various life support systems in working order. Credit: NASA.

The crew checked a spacesuit for leaks over the weekend after a successful spacewalk that was terminated early on Friday. The International Space Station residents also got back to work today on advanced space research, spacewalk gear cleanup activities and preparations for another spacewalk next month.
Astronaut Tim Kopra reported a small water bubble in his spacesuit Friday during a short spacewalk. Shortly afterward, he and fellow spacewalker Tim Peake were ordered back inside the station. Once inside, the water was collected and stored for analysis on the ground. The suit was later pressurized and tested though no further leaks were detected.

Kopra also worked on the Fine Motor Skills experiment, cleaned up the Quest airlock and checked a spacesuit battery. Peake set up the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace in Japan’s laboratory module to begin research on the thermophysical properties of various materials.

The next spacewalk is scheduled for Feb. 3. Cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Sergey Volkov will exit the Pirs docking compartment in their Orlan spacesuits for several hours of Russian tasks.

On-Orbit Status Report

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Setup: Kopra and Peake completed the setup of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ELF equipment and installation into the Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack 2 (MSPR2) work volume in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). Later this week crewmembers will continue the setup and next week will install a sample cartridge and checkout the equipment. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials employing containerless processing techniques that use the electrostatic levitation method with charged samples and electrodes. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

SOLAR: Measurements continued to be taken for European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) SOLAR investigation during the current sun visibility window, which is open from January 11th to January 22nd. The goal of the SOLAR instruments is to measure solar spectral irradiance and variability.

Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Setup and Oxygen Transfer: Kopra set up and configured a NORS Oxygen Recharge Tank and initiated the first transfer of oxygen to the US Airlock High Pressure Gas Tanks (HPGTs) using this new capability. NORS provides the capability to refill the HPGTs with nitrogen and oxygen following Shuttle retirement.

Post-Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Activities: Today, Kopra configured the US Airlock following EVA operations and prepared Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) and equipment for stowage.

Crew Quarters Baseplate Ballast Assembly (BBA) Replacement: Kopra replaced the BBA in the starboard Crew Quarters that failed on Sunday night. The BBA is a component of the General Luminaire Assembly (GLA), which provides illumination inside the Crew Quarters. The replacement restored lighting to the Crew Quarters.

Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Fault: Overnight, the Node 3 (N3) CDRA indicated a fault. Preliminary data review suggested a Fan Motor Controller (FMC) to Hub Control Zone (HCZ) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) communication issue. All other CDRA hardware data was nominal up to that point. During the day, the N3 CDRA FMC did not respond to multiple attempts to restart. The Lab CDRA and the Russian carbon dioxide removal equipment (Vozdukh) are currently up and running. ISS is in a good configuration for removing carbon dioxide. Ground teams continue to assess the fault signatures.

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

Laptop RS1(2) Reboot
SLEEP – Questionnaire
SM Caution & Warning Panel (???) Test
[???] Laptops Antivirus software checkout and report
PILOT-T. Experiment Prep
Video Footage for Nauka 2.0 TV Channel
Fine Motor Skills. Examination Ops
ELF Components Gathering
XF305 Camcorder Setup
MSPR2 Work Bench Setup
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
ELF Camcorder Setup
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check
??? Maintenance
???? (Data Transmission Radio Link)
DAN. Experiment Ops
HD Camcorder 2 Activation in HD Mode
Ice Bricks Restow to Original Location in Double Coldbag
Hardware Setup for a PAO Event
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS). Nitrogen and Oxygen Resupply System (NORS). Oxygen Transfer
IPAD Reconfig for Dose Tracker
Water Recovery Management (WRM). Condensate Pumping (start)
HABIT. Documentation of the Examination Results.
EVA Hardware and Tools Search
ARED. Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
Preparation of materials for Roscosmos press center re EVA-42 [Aborted – to be rescheduled to allow RS additional crewmember participation]
Switching the HD Camcorder 2 to SD mode
HABIT. Questionnaire
Water Recovery Management (WRM). Condensate Pumping
Hardware Transfer to Airlock after US EVA
Delta File Prep
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
Checkout of P/TV camcorder setup
HMS. Nutritional Assessment (ESA)
Still Cameras Reconfig for EVA
TWIN. Urine Sample Collection
Regeneration of EMU purification cartridge
BSA Battery Maintenance
ARED Exercise Video Hardware Restow
VZAIMODEISTVIE-2. Experiment Ops
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Configuring ISS for NORS operations
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 01/20: EMU Loop Scrubs, Airway Monitoring, Cardox, Twin Study
Thursday, 01/21: ISS Emergency Training, Fundoscope, Airway Monitoring
Friday, 01/22: RRM Taskboard 4 Removal from JEMAL, ELF, OcularHealth, HMS Ultrasounds, Airway Monitoring Stow

Component – Status

Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Override
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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