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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 January 2017

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 9, 2017
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 January 2017
STS-121 EV1 Piers Sellers translates along the S1 Truss carrying the fixed grapple bar that is to be installed on an ammonia tank inside the truss. Earth limb in background. Image taken during Extravehicular Activity 3 EVA3 on STS-121 / Expedition 13 joint operations. Credit: NASA.

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson concluded their spacewalk at 1:55 p.m. EST.
During the six-hour and 32-minute spacewalk, the two NASA astronauts successfully installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connections for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries on the International Space Station. They also accomplished several get-ahead tasks, including a photo survey of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer.

The new lithium-ion batteries and adapter plates replace the nickel-hydrogen batteries currently used on the station to store electrical energy generated by the station’s solar arrays. Robotic work to update the batteries began in January. This was the first of two spacewalks planned to finalize the installation.

Kimbrough and Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) will conduct the second spacewalk on Friday, Jan. 13. NASA Television coverage will begin at 5:30 a.m.

Once again, Kimbrough will be designated extravehicular crew member 1 (EV 1), wearing a suit bearing red stripes for the fourth spacewalk of his career. Pesquet, who will be making the first spacewalk of his career, will be extravehicular crew member 2, and will wear a suit with no stripes.

Space station crew members have conducted 196 spacewalks in support of assembly and maintenance of the orbiting laboratory. Spacewalkers have now spent a total of 1,224 hours and 6 minutes working outside the station.

On-Orbit Status Report

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #38: The crew opened the Airlock External Hatch at 6:22am CST and performed US EVA #38 (Lithium Ion Battery Remove & Replace (R&R) EVA #1). The Phase Elapsed Time (PET) of the EVA was 6 hours and 32 minutes. The EVA was required to install adapter plates and relocate Channel 3A Nickel Hydride (NiH2) batteries to prepare for installation of new Lithium Ion batteries. The crew completed all of the objectives for the EVA:

Stow Node 3 Shields on Airlock
Retrieve Adapter Plate A and B from the Exposed Pallet (EP)
Install Adapter Plate A in Slot 6
Relocate NiH2 Battery 4 to Adapter Plate A
Install Adapter Plate B in Slot 4
Relocate NiH2 Battery 2 to Adapter Plate B
Fasten H1 bolt on the Li-Ion battery in Slot 1
Retrieve and Install Adapter Plate C in Slot 2
Channel 1A Battery Prep
Additionally, the crew was able to perform two get-ahead tasks. They took photographs of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), and retrieved a failed Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) Light from the S3 truss, and routed a Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) Ethernet cable along Node 1.

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

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Verify off
ISS HAM Radio and Video Power Down
USOS Window Shutter Close
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
Daily Planning Conference
Comm configuration for EVA
Download of BRI log from RSS1
Auditing of equipment behind FGB panel 226
SM Ventilation Subsystem Preventive Maintenance. Group ?
TIMER. Experiment setup and initiation of video recording
PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe
Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
Extra-Vehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise Prebreathe
Crewlock Depress
BAR Experiment Ops
Crewlock Post Depress
Crewlock Egress
Photodocumentation of the Crisstal experiment.
Photodocumentation of the EPO Pesquet Ceres
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
S4 Battery R&R 3A Worksite Preparation
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plates Retrieval
TIMER. Experiment Ops Video Termination and Cleanup
Initiate water transfer from CWC-I to ???
SM Ventilation Subsystem Preventive Maintenance. Group ?
Video Footage for Russia Today TV Channel
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate A Installation
Strata Status Check
Terminate water transfer from CWC-I to ???
S4 Battery R&R Battery 4 Relocate
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
??? maintenance
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate B Installation
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
RS IVA Tool Kit Audit
S4 Battery R&R Battery 2 Relocate
S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate C Retrieval & Installation
Vacuum Cleaning of air ducts in DC1 and MRM2
Delta file prep
S4 Battery R&R Prepare 1A Battery and Cleanup 3A Worksite
BAR Experiment Ops
Crewlock Ingress
EVA Glove Photo Setup
Crewlock Repress
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Crewlock Repress EVA PET end
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
Post-EVA communication reconfig
EVA Glove Photo Downlink
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink
ESA PAO Recorded Message JUDO

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Battery Set 1A3 Discharge

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 01/07: Crew Off Duty, post EVA PHS, EMU H2O recharge, EVA Debrief
Sunday, 01/08: Crew Off Duty
Monday, 01/09: Crew Off Duty

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 – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Idle
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
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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