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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 28, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 October 2015
File photo: NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins is pictured during a spacewalk on Dec. 24, 2013, when he was a flight engineer for Expedition 38. Credit: NASA.

U.S. astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren will venture outside the space station’s Quest airlock on Wednesday, Oct. 28 to perform a spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance, 189th of the space station.
The six-and-a-half hour walk will be streamed live beginning at 6:30 am E.T. You can watch the spacewalk live on NASA TV, on the NASA app on your smartphone or follow live updates on @Space_Station Twitter.

The spacewalk is the 32nd U.S. spacewalk, and will focus on station upgrades and maintenance tasks, including installing a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that has been attached to the station since 2011. NASA TV coverage will begin at 6:30 a.m. ET, with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at 8:10 a.m.

Another spacewalk is scheduled for the pair on Nov. 6. That will be the 33rd U.S. spacewalk, and will attempt to restore the port truss ammonia cooling system to its original configuration. A spacewalk conducted in November 2012 tried to isolate a leak in the truss’ cooling supply, but the leak was subsequently traced to a different component. NASA TV coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m., with the spacewalk scheduled to begin at 7:10 a.m.

On-Orbit Status Report

Crew Half-Duty Day: Today was a reduced duty day for the United States On-orbit Segment (USOS) Crew in advance of tomorrow’s EVA.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The USOS crew members made final preparations by setting up EVA tools, performing a tool audit, and preparing the Equipment Lock, and Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs). In addition, all three USOS crew reviewed related procedures and briefing packages. USOS EVA #32 (ISS Upgrades EVA) is scheduled to occur tomorrow with hatch opening taking place at approximately 7:15am CDT.

Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) Operations: Kononenko continued ongoing PK-4 operations by connecting the gas supply flexhose to the Neon gas supply, opening a valve to pressurize it, reporting the pressure, and then disconnecting the flexhose. An experiment run in PK-4 is planned to start tomorrow. Plasma Kristall-4 is a complex European Space Agency (ESA) plasma laboratory installed in the Columbus European Physiology Module (EPM) rack and operated by Russian crewmembers. PK-4 supports research in the field of Complex Plasmas: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas and micron-sized particles. The micro-particles become highly charged in the plasma and interact strongly with each other, which can lead to a self-organized structure of the micro-particles (i.e., “plasma crystals”).

Large Format Motion Picture Camera (IMAX): Kelly connected the IMAX Codex to a Station Support Computer (SSC) for a downlink of recorded video files. IMAX filmmakers intend to produce a three dimensional movie called A Perfect Planet, using ISS-based video and images to show how natural and human forces shape planet Earth. The film will also showcase NASA’s exploration efforts and highlight the ISS as a platform for scientific research and a stepping stone to deep space exploration.

Reaction Self-Test: Kelly completed a session today for the Reaction Self-Test investigation. Reaction Self-Test helps crewmembers objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications).

Sleep Log: Kelly and Kornienko recorded Sleep Log entries today. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness. The investigation examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: Following yesterday’s Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA) change out, today Ground Controllers updated pump parameters and successfully initiated a UPA process cycle. The process cycle is expected to complete later this evening.

Node 1 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Checkout: Yesterday afternoon, Ground Controllers completed a successful checkout of the Node 1 Nadir CBM. This is a routine checkout performed every 6 months, and also serves as Launch Commit Criteria (LCC) for the planned OA-4 berthing in December.

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

RUEXP – Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI
Verification and report of antivirus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System (???) laptops
Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (??) after Shutdown
Replacement of RS TORU trainer cable 17??.30?8230?-2030 cable
Progress 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
JEM Terminal Computer Reboot
Hair Sample Cleaning ???4 (Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger) ??-7 fan screen
VIBROLAB. Monitoring hardware activation
Inspection and Cleaning of RS2 laptops No.1098 (POC22473J,??1??_1_102), RS3 No.1144 (POC22519J,???1???_4_426_1, bag 352-20 (00037779R)
Demating wire harness W0142
On MCC GO RS1 Laptop Inspection and Cleaning
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
Relocating PBBs for upcoming EVA
EVA Tool Config
Final printout of EVA procedures
ISS Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Computer Based Training (CBT)
EVA2 Procedure Review
Pille sensors prep for USOS EVA
On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
PLAZMENNIY KRISTALL. Gas Exchange in the Chamber for Neon
IMA? – Connecting to SSC
USOS EVA Tool Audit
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
Installation of RSK1 SW Version 1.11 and Checkout of TORU Relocation Simulator
Wiping SM surfaces with Fungistat: panels 128, 130, 131, 135
Water Transfer and Shell Compression of Progress 429 (SM Aft) Rodnik ??1 tank
Equipment Lock Preparation
HAM radio session from Columbus
IMS Delta File Prep
??? Maintenance
VIBROLAB. Copy and Downlink Data
IMAX – Terminate Battery Charge
EVA Procedure Conference
IMAX – Terminate Codex 512 GB Drive charge
24-hour ECG Monitoring (termination)
24-hour BP monitoring (terminate)
IMAX – power down
Reaction Self-Test (Sleep)
On MCC GO Compression of Progress 429 (SM Aft) Rodnik Tank ??1 – Closeout Ops
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
URAGAN Observations and Photography

Completed Task List Items
RMS Laptop Terminal 2 (RLT2) Hard Disk Drive Installation
RMS Laptop Terminal 3 (RLT3) Swap

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

EVA Preparation Commanding
Backup and Standby C&C MDM Swap
S-Band String 1 Activation

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 10/28: ISS Upgrades EVA
Thursday, 10/29: 1/2 Duty Day, Post EVA activities, Plant gravity Sensing 2, VIABLE Training
Friday, 10/30: EVA Preparation, JEMAL ExHAM install.

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”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Off
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) – Process
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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