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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 September 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 28, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 September 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 September 2015.

Today on the International Space Station crew members prepared the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) which delivered cargo to the ISS for its departure next week.
The astronauts completed their weekly Space Headaches questionnaire today for researchers who are trying to understand why headaches are common in space.

On-Orbit Status Report

Radi-N Neutron Field Study (Radi-N): Kelly retrieved the eight bubble detectors from their deployed locations in the ISS and handed them over to a Russian crewmember. The objective of this investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment. The data produced is used to define the risk posed to the crewmembers’ health and support development of advanced protective measures for future space flight.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) #4 Removal: Lindgren opened the inner JEM Airlock hatch, extended the slide table into the JEM and removed the JSSOD from the slide table. He then retracted the slide table into the Airlock and closed the inner Airlock hatch.

Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) Water Injection Troubleshooting: To support troubleshooting for MHU water injection, Yui injected wiper water into the six Mouse Habitat Cage units which were unexpectedly reported to be dry earlier this month.

Space Headaches: Yui and Lindgren answered their weekly Space Headaches questionnaire today. Headaches can be a common complaint during spaceflight. The Space Headaches experiment improves the understanding of such conditions, which helps in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improve the well-being and performance of crew members in orbit. This investigation results may also be used to improve the knowledge of similar conditions on Earth.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Video Troubleshooting: As part of the troubleshooting for problems experienced in checkout of multiple video downlinks for the CBEF, Yui rerouted the Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2) power cable to avoid crossing video cables, and moved the conversion video cable away from the Image Processing Unit (IPU) monitor.

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Departure Preparation: Yui and Lindgren performed a review of the HTV departure profile, procedures, and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding HTV. Both crewmembers performed Robotics training which consisted of HTV release scenarios to allow them to practice techniques for nominal and off nominal situations. HTV5 release is scheduled to occur on Monday, September 28th at 10:20am CDT.

Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT) Checkout: Last night, Robotics Ground Controllers continued the troubleshooting of Robot Micro Conical Tool 1 (RMCT1), stowing it on Tool Holder Assembly 2 (THA2) with the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm2. When closing RMCT1 collets on THA2 Micro Conical Fixture (MCF), the same off nominal signature as when closing collets on THA1 was observed, showing that the failure is very likely on the tool and not on THA1 MCF. While opening the collets to unstow RMCT1, a small piece of metal on RMCT1 was seen floating away. Operations continued to re-stow RMCT1 on THA1. SPDM Arm1 returned back RMCT2 on THA2 nominally and SPDM Arms and body were reconfigured for park.

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

HRF – Urine Samples Collection
HRF – Blood Samples Collection and Refrigeration
ISS Crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Team) Weekly Conference (S-band)
ECLSS Recycle Tank Transfer and R&R
HRF – Closeout Ops after Blood Samples Collection
HRF – Insertion of Samples in MELFI
[??2] ??0501 ?? Filters Unit R&R. Install Unit No. 162
XF305 Camcorder Setup
BIOCARD. Experiment Session.
BIOCARD. Assistance during the Experiment Session
MHU – Experiment Session
HTV – GLA/LED Lights Removal
BIOCARD. Photography during the Experiment Session
JEMAL – Slide Table Extension
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) Removal
Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) – Hardware Setup
HTV Cargo Transfer Ops
[P?]-50-1? No.6 and 8 (?206, ?208) R&R – Demating of X4, ?5, ?6, ?2, and ?3 Connectors.
Personal Hygiene Items (???) Inventory
Laptop RS1 Activation
??? Maintenance / Life Support System (???)
JEMAL – Slide Table Retraction
Demating of ??? Connectors of [??]-50-1? Units from Onboard Cable Network (???).
HRF – Closeout Ops
[??]-50-1? No. 6 and 8 (?206, ?208) Units R&R.
Transfer of Onboard Computer System (???) Version 08.08 Images to ???1.
Personal Hygiene Items (???) Inventory
[??]-50-1? No. 6 and 8 (?206, ?208) Units R&R.
OBT – HTV Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBot) Release
WRS – Recyle Tank Fill
Transfer of Onboard Computer System (???) Version 08.08 Images to ???2
OBT – HTV Departure Review [Deferred]
LAB and Cupola RWS DCP Cable Mating
Laptop RS1 Deactivation
[??]-50-1? No.6 and 8 (?206, ?208) Units R&R.
Ku-band TV Signal Test in MPEG-2.
Rerouting Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2) power cable
HRF – Hardware Restow after Samples Collection
Removal of Depress Hose for Nominal Ops
CALCIUM. Experiment Session 6
SHD Questionnaire
Mating of ??? Connectors of [??]-50-1? Units to Onboard Cable Network (???).
MATRESHKA-R. BUBBLE Dosimeters Setup and Measurements.
RGN – Recycle Tank Drain into EDV (start)
Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) and Image Processing Unit (IPU) Cable Reconfiguration for a Single Channel
IMS Delta File Prep
RADIN – Removal of Dosimeters from their Locations
RADIN – Handover of Dosimeters to the RS
MATRESHKA-R. Takeover of BUBBLE Dosimeters from the USOS.
RGN – Recycle Tank Drain into EDV (end)
Monitoring of [???-?] Exchange and RSK 2 Data Record in Progress 428 (DC1)
MATRESHKA-R. BUBBLE Dosimeters Setup and Measurements.

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 09/26: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 09/27: HTV5 Hatch Closure, HTV5 Vestibule Demate, CPA Install
Monday, 09/28: Node 2 CBM Demate, HTV Departure, METERON Rover inspection, EWIS NCU troubleshooting

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”) – 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) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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