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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 August 2016

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
August 26, 2016
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 August 2016
NASA astronauts Kate Rubins (left) and Jeff Williams (right) prepare to grapple the SpaceX Dragon supply spacecraft from aboard the International Space Station. The nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and equipment includes science supplies and hardware, including instruments to perform the first-ever DNA sequencing in space, and the first of two identical international docking adapters (IDA.) The IDAs will provide a means for commercial crew spacecraft to dock to the station in the near future as part of NASA's Commercial Crew Program. Dragon is scheduled to depart the space station Aug. 29 when it will return critical science research back to Earth. Credit: NASA.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft from the International Space Station beginning at 5:45 a.m. EDT.
Dragon was detached from the Earth-facing side of the station’s Harmony module last night by robotics controllers who maneuvered Dragon into place for its release under the control of and Expedition 48 Flight Engineers Takuya Onishi of JAXA and Kate Rubins of NASA at 6:10 a.m. EDT.

Dragon launched to the space station July 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying almost 5,000 pounds of supplies and cargo on SpaceX’s ninth commercial resupply mission to the station for NASA. The spacecraft arrived at the station two days later.

Among the cargo delivered was the first of two International Docking Adapters (IDA) that will enable future commercial spacecraft under NASA’s Commercial Crew Program to dock to the space station, including Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon. The IDA was installed Aug. 19 during a six-hour spacewalk by NASA astronauts Jeff Williams and Rubins. The second IDA is being built and will be delivered to the space station no earlier than SpaceX CRS-14.

Release of the spacecraft by the station’s robotic arm will begin the Dragon’s return to Earth carrying more than 3,000 pounds of NASA cargo and science samples from human research, biology and biotechnology studies, physical science investigations and education activities sponsored by NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, the nonprofit organization responsible for managing research aboard the U.S. national laboratory portion of the space station.

The capsule is currently scheduled to splashdown in the Pacific Ocean about 11:47 a.m. EDT, approximately 326 miles west of Baja California.

On-Orbit Status Report

SpaceX (SpX)-9 Unberth: The crew packed critical items and egressed the vehicle in preparation for Dragon departure. Dragon was unberthed from the ISS via ground commanding at 4 PM CDT today. The vehicle will be maneuvered via ground commanding to an overnight park position in preparation for release tomorrow at 5:11 AM CDT with splashdown approximately 5 hours later.

– Polar 1 ISS to Dragon Transfer: Polar 1 was powered down, de-cabled, and removed from the EXPRESS Rack and transferred to the starboard powered payload location of SpX-9. A second crew member concurrently installed and powered the Polar and Transportation Cage Unit of the Mouse Epigenetics investigation into the Dragon.
– Double Coldbag Pack: The crew transferred cold samples and required Ice Bricks from MELFI-2, MELFI-3, Glacier 2, MERLIN 5, and SABL S/N 2 into Double Coldbags in preparation for Dragon descent.

Biological Rhythms 48 Multi Media Card Exchange: The crew stopped the 24-hour recording that began yesterday, changed out the Multi Media Card and battery of the Digital Walk Holter ECG, and began the second 24-hour recording. The objective of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Biological Rhythms 48 is to study the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut’s electrocardiogram for 48 hours.

Mouse Epigenetics Transfer and Closeout Operations: The crew prepared all twelve of theTransportation Cage Units (TCU) before removing the Mouse Habitat Cage Units from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) and transferring the mice into the TCUs in the Glove Box for return. The crew also transferred the food cartridges and disconnected the supporting Glove Box hardware.

LS-1 Server Issues: Last night the LS-1 server had to be rebooted multiple times and continued to experience issues this morning. There are no major impacts at this time. The server will be rebooted as necessary. The server will be reconfigured to set up for the possibility of rebuilding a new server overnight to protect tomorrow’s SpX-9 departure.

Robotics Operations: Last night Robotics Ground Controllers actuated the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to unstow Robot Micro Conical Tool #2 (RMCT2) from the SPDM Tool Holster Assembly (THA) in preparation for the Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) P12B_A change out operations this Friday and Saturday.

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

SPLANH. Preparation and Initiate EGEG Recording r/g 3191
MORZE. Evaluation using SPRUT-2
Morning Inspection, Laptop RS1(2) Reboot
SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test
Morning Inspection, Laptop RSS1,2 Reboot
BLR48 starting measurement
Double Cold Bag (DCB) Packing Equipment
Mouse Epigenetics. Transportation Cage Unit Preparation Part 3
Double Cold Bag (DCB) Packing
SSIPC Management / ISS Crew Tagup
MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3187
Work Prep
Equipment search and procedure review prior to ???1 (R-107) firmware upgrade r/g 3200
Environmental Health System (EHS), Relocation of Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter
IDENTIFICATION. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
Soyuz 731 Samsung Tablet Recharge, initiate
XF305 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
MOUSE Post-experiment Animal Transfer
On MCC GO Sampling condensate water (KAV) before ???-?2? Gas-liquid mixture filter (???) to drink bags, end / r/g 3195
Collecting condensate water samples [???] up to ???-?2? ???, equipment setup, sampler installation / r/g 3195
DRAGON. Transfers
Connecting SM Kurs-P Antenna Feeder (???) from DC1 ??? to MRM2 ??? assembly and photography of connection site / r/g 8049
Crew Departure Prep
SPLANH. Termination EGEG Recording and Closeout Ops r/g 3192
SPLANH. Photography of the Experiment Ops / r/g 3188
Collecting condensate water samples [???] up to ???-?2? ???, sampler replacement / r/g 3195
DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 2780
DAN. Experiment Tagup with specialists / r/g 2780
DAN. Photography During the Experiment / r/g 3185
MOUSE Transportation Cage Unit handover to the crew for transfer in Dragon 9
DRAGON. Transfers
POLAR1 Transfer to Dragon
MOUSE Item Consolidation
GLOVE BOX. Glove Box Closeout Ops
Environmental Health System (EHS), Microbial Capture Device (MCD) and Coliform Detection Bag Ops
Dragon Center Stack Transfers
?1 Pump R&R in ???2 Thermal Loop 4???2 Pump Panel r/g 3201
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test
MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3187
Soyuz 731 Samsung Tablet Recharge, terminate
???-? water sampling to drink bags / r/g 3195
USOS Window Shutter Close
Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
Dragon Egress in Preparation for Departure
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Cattell’s Test
???-?? water sampling to Russian drink bags / r/g 3195
Sampling condensate water [???] upstream of ????-2? ???, removing sampler, equipment disassembly / r/g 3195
Installation of Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA)
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
MORZE. Closeout Ops
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal on Soyuz 720 / r/g 3099, 3098
MORZE. Experiment setup / r/g 3190
Dragon Vestibule Configuration for Demate
IMS Delta File Prep
Pre-pack PK-4 Hard Drives for return stowage on Soyuz 720 r/g 3099
Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal on Soyuz 720 / r/g 3099, 3098
Dragon/Node 2 Vestibule Depress
MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3187

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Dragon unberth
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 08/26: Dragon release, Biomolecule Sequencer ops, Biological Rhythms 48, Fine Motor Skills, HMS Fundoscope exam, crew departure prep
Saturday, 08/27: Crew off duty
Sunday, 08/28: Crew off duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
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 – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
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 – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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