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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 September 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 1, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 September 2015
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui (left) and NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren (right) work on removing items from a storage rack located inside the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory. The pair are making room for new communications hardware that will be used for future visiting vehicles arriving at the space station, including the new U.S. commercial crew vehicles currently in development. Credit: NASA. (09/18/2015)

A new Russian cargo craft loaded with more than three tons food, fuel and supplies is ready for launch to the International Space Station. The crew inside the orbital lab continues ongoing science activities and routine maintenance.
Russia’s ISS Progress 61 (61P) cargo craft is at the launch pad in Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan counting down to a Thursday launch at 12:49 p.m. EDT. The 61P will dock after four orbits, or six hours later, to the Zvezda service module. NASA Television will broadcast the launch and docking of the cargo mission live beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Inside the space station, Commander Scott Kelly worked with a pair of bowling ball-sized satellites observing their automated docking abilities for the long-running SPHERES experiment. Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui used an ultrasound to scan cosmonaut Sergey Volkov’s eyes for the Ocular Health study.

Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren routed cables in the Destiny laboratory to support the next Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo mission planned for early December.

On-Orbit Status Report

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites – Universal Docking Port (SPHERES-UDP): Kelly reviewed the SPHERES-UDP procedure and test plan and then participated in a conference with the Payload Developer to discuss science operations. He then performed a SPHERES-UDP test run and downloaded data to a Station Support Computer (SSC). The addition of docking ports to SPHERES provides a testbed for the investigation of solutions to the challenges of combining autonomous spacecraft. Mated spacecraft can be used to assemble complex systems in orbit or combine sensors and actuators for satellite servicing and repurposing missions. SPHERES-UDP enables testing of complex tasks through optimal and adaptive control, autonomous decision-making processes, and real-time image processing.

Node 1 Nadir Berthing Port Preparation: As part of USOS Reconfiguration, Lindgren and Yui routed two power cables from the forward end cone to bay 3 in the Lab Overhead Starboard Standoff. These cables connected to the set of cables installed yesterday. Today’s cable routing required every other overhead rack (LAB1O1, LAB1O3, and LAB1O5) to be rotated in the Lab. One crew member retrieved the cable ends behind the un-rotated racks as the other crew member fed the cables through. Additional cabling routing activities within Node 1 and Node 2 are scheduled for next week. These cables will eventually provide power from Node 2 to the Node 1 Nadir Berthing Port and the Node 1 Galley Rack.

Ultrasonic Background Noise Test (UBNT) Battery Change: While the 3 US Lab racks were rotated for the cable routing, Yui and Lindgren replaced the battery packs in the UBNT units which are located behind the racks. These battery change outs will allow the UBNT units to provide acoustic measurements for the area where they are located.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday afternoon, Robotics Ground Controllers successfully translated the Mobile Transporter from Worksite 5 to Worksite 2. This evening, they will maneuver the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to retrieve the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) then perform an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) imagery survey. Following the survey, they will position the MSS to support upcoming Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) Operations starting Friday, October 2nd.

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

MORZE. Measuring Bioimpedance Using SPRUT-2
Ultrasound 2 – Hardware Activation
CORRECTSIA. MORZE. Processing venous blood sample using Plasma-03 centrifuge
NEIROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing
NEIROIMMUNITET. Processing venous blood sample using Plasma-03 centrifuge
Reminder – ARED Photo/TV
Ultrasound2 – Scan Prep
RUEXP – Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI
CORRECTSIA. Closeout Ops
Ultrasound 2 – Scan
JEM Terminal Computer Reboot
SPHERES – Data Export
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
LAB1O31 Cable Routing
SPHERES – Review
Ultrasound 2 Data Export
LAB1O1 Cable Routing
Ultrasound 2 – Scan
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
SM PCE antenna feeder test using FSH3 spectrum analyzer
Ultrasound 2 – Hardware deactivation
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
ARIS Removal – Assistance
MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test
LAB Power Cable Routing
PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment
LAB1O5 Cable Routing
MAGVEC – USB Transfer
Checking Photo/TV Camcorder Setup
SPHERES Crew Conference
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
Stop LAB1O3 Rack Rotation
Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
LAB Power Cable Routing
SPHERES – Cameras Setup
Stop LAB Rack Rotation
RELAKSATSIYA. Initiate camcorder battery charge
Stop LAB Rack Rotation
LAB Cables Closeout Ops
UBNT – Battery Replacement
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
JRNL – Journal Entry (not statused)
??? maintenance
LAB1O3 Cable Routing
SPHERES – Running Tests
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
RELAKSATSIYA. Mounting hardware on CQ window No.1
LAB Racks Replacement
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos TV Studio
Checking Photo/TV Camcorder Setup
SPHERES – Data Export
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops. Tagup with specialists
IMS Delta File Prep
FMK Deployment Ops (Deferred)
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings. Tagup with specialists
Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations (Deferred)
CONTENT. Experiment Ops

Completed Task List Items

PMM Rackfront Cleaning
Safety Video Followup (In Work)

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

MSS Operations
– SPDM Unstow
– AMS Survey
– Config for RRM Ops

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 10/01: 61P Launch and Dock, Cubesat Deployer install on MPEP, SPRINT VO2, NPV O-Ring Install, Col PWS R&R
Friday, 10/02: JEMAL Depress, MELFI 2 Troubleshooting, MF Bed, IX Bed, EFA & MCA R&Rs, Cap. Beverage, WRS Waste Water Filter replace, RRM Phase 2
Saturday, 10/03: Weekly Cleaning, 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 – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
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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