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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 29, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 October 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 October 2015.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren ended their spacewalk at 3:19 p.m. EDT with the repressurization of the U.S. Quest airlock, having completed most of the major tasks planned for their excursion outside the International Space Station.
Kelly and Lindgren applied a thermal cover on the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer; applied grease to a number of components in one of the latching ends of the Canadarm2 robotic arm; and began work to rig power and data system cables for the future installation of a docking port to the station that will be used for the arrival of the Boeing Starliner CST-100 and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Greasing numerous parts of the robotic arm took somewhat longer than anticipated, and flight controllers chose to forego the lubrication of one component. However, engineers are satisfied the work that was completed sufficiently enhances the performance of the latching end effector. A lower priority task to reinstall a valve on the station will be assigned to crew members during a future spacewalk.

The 7-hour and 16-minute spacewalk was a first for both astronauts. Crew members have now spent a total of 1,184 hours and 16 minutes conducting space station assembly and maintenance during 189 spacewalks.

Kelly and Lindgren will venture outside the International Space Station again on Friday, Nov. 6. The two spacewalks were scheduled around milestones in space. Tomorrow, Kelly becomes the U.S. astronaut who has lived in space the longest during a single U.S. spaceflight, and Monday the crew celebrates the 15th year of a continuous human presence in space aboard the station.

During the second spacewalk, the astronauts will restore a truss cooling system to its original configuration following a 2012 spacewalk in which another team of astronauts attempted to isolate a leak of ammonia coolant. They also will top off ammonia on the station’s truss reservoirs. NASA Television coverage will begin at 5:45 a.m. EST ahead of the spacewalk’s planned start time of 7:10 a.m.

On-Orbit Status Report

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #32: EVA Crew-1 (EV1) Kelly and EV2 Lindgren egressed the Airlock at 7:03am CDT for EVA #32. The Phase Elapsed Time was 7 hours and 16 minutes. Prior to egress, for a short period of time, EV2 bumped the position of the water valve on his suit. The suit was cleared to proceed after verification that water was not sublimating and the suit operated nominally throughout the EVA. There will be an additional water recharge and inspection completed on that suit prior to the next EVA.

The planned objectives for the EVA were as follows:

– Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Blanket and TTCS Wedge Install
– Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Multi-Layered Insulation (MLI) Removal and Skirt Tie-Down
– Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Latching End Effector (LEE)-B Lube
– Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-3 / International Docking Adapter (IDA)-3 Cable Route
– Node 3 (N3) Non-Propulsive Vent (NPV) Install

The crew fully completed the AMS and MBSU tasks. They completed the high priority LEE Lube tasks for lubing the ball screws and linear bearing tracks. The lower priority task of lubing the equalization brackets and rollers was not completed. The crew completed the PMA-3 IDA-3 cable routing and the aft portion of the PMA-3 power cable routing. The forward portion of the PMA-3 power cable routing and the N3 NPV install were deferred to a future EVA. The deferred tasks are not an impact to current ISS operations.

Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4) Operations: Kononenko provided support for the PK-4 experiment started yesterday by exchanging data hard drives. 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”).

Reaction Self Test: Kelly will complete 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: Kornienko recorded a Sleep Log entry 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.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

Closing USOS Window Shutters
Photo/TV EVA Camera Test
EVA CUCU Deactivation
EMU Preparation for US EVA
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (start)
Restoring Makita Battery – Equipment setup, assemble charging setup
Comm configuration for EVA
MOTOCARD. Experiment
EMU Prep for EVA
Prebreathe in EMU
Makita tool battery discharge
COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
Installation of Makita battery No.1 to charge
Brine (urine) transfer from EDV-U to Progress 429 (SM Aft) Rodnik ??1 tank
Repair and Installation of Overlay Panels on SM panel 322 -Search for and Configure Equipment
Crew Lock Depress
Remove battery No.1 from charge, Install Makita tool No.2 to charge
Soyuz 717 Samsung tablet charge – start
Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) USOS EVA Tasks
AMS blanket install
Remove battery 2 from charge, Install Makita tool battery No.7 to charge
CALCIUM. Experiment Session 11
Progress 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group ?1
Relocating PBAs for upcoming EVA
Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) USOS EVA Tasks
USOS EVA PMA3 Cable Routing
SSRMS Motion for LEE Lube
Remove battery No.7 from charge, Install Makita tool battery No.8 to charge
??? maintenance
Soyuz 717 Samsung tablet charging – end
USOS EVA PMA3 Cable Routing Tasks
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Terminate Makita Battery No.8 charge, Configuration Teardown, Battery and Equipment Stowage
NPV Installation
USOS EVA PMA3 Cable Routing Tasks
IMS Delta File Prep
INTERACTION-2. Experiment
Crew Lock Ingress
Closing USOS Window Shutters
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (end) and start backup
EVA Glove Photo Setup
Crew Lock Pre-Repress
Crew Lock Repress
USOS Post-EVA Cleanup
Return to nominal comm configuration after USOS EVA
Hematocrit. Hardware Setup
EVA Camera Reconfig
EMU Glove photos downlink
Reaction Self-Test (Sleep) [Scheduled just prior to crew sleep]

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.
System commanding in support of EVA

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 10/29: 1/2 Duty Day, Post EVA Activities, Plant Gravity Sensing 2, VIABLE Training
Friday, 10/30: EVA Preparation, JEMAL ExHAM install
Saturday, 10/31: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
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) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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