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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 7, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 October 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 October 2015.

The astronauts in the U.S. segment of the International Space Station continued more cable work and life support maintenance. The cosmonauts conducted a wide array of Russian science experiments studying human research and physics.
More Cubesats were deployed today from a deployer mechanism attached to Japan’s Kibo lab module. Wednesday will be the last day for this series of Cubesat deployments. In all, 16 Cubesats will be deployed this week researching a variety subjects including navigation, communications and Earth observations.

Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly teamed up with Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui today to reroute cables from the Tranquility and Harmony modules to the Unity module. The cable work will set up Unity, the first U.S. station module, to receive the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo craft due in early December.

Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Oleg Kononenko spent Tuesday morning working on a Russian treadmill in the Zvezda service module. Kornienko then moved on to the Interactions study of crews working with ground support while Kononenko studied chemical reactions in Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Flight Engineer Sergey Volkov participated in a pair of experiments, Cardiovector and Cosmocard, researching the adaptation of the human blood circulation system to microgravity. After some life support maintenance work, he moved on to more science exploring magnetics.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #6 Operations: Yesterday, two Danish cubesats and the first 4 Dove cubesats of the “Flock 2” fleet of satellites were launched. This morning an additional 4 Dove cubesats were launched and the final 6 Dove cubesats will be launched tonight. The Dove nanosatellites enable imagery of the entire planet to be taken on a frequent basis, with humanitarian and environmental applications ranging from monitoring deforestation and the ice caps to disaster relief and improving agriculture yields in developing nations. A total of 16 cubesats will be deployed this week: 14 Planet Lab Doves and the 2 Danish satellites.

Sleep Log: Kelly and Kornienko continued a week-long set of Sleep Log entries by making daily entries. 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.

Node 1, 2 and 3 Cable Routes: As part of USOS Reconfiguration, Lindgren finished an activity he started yesterday to install power and data cables within Node 1. Once complete, he re-installed all of the closeout panels he had removed in support of this activity. Yui, routed power cables from the Node 2 DC-to-DC Converter Unit (DDCU) Rack to the Node 2 Aft Bulkhead. The cables will eventually provide redundant power to Node 1 Nadir Berthing Port and Node 1 Galley Rack. Kelly re-routed a Node 3 Sample Delivery System (SDS) power cable which will provide power to a new Node 1 Deck SDS Valve. This cable was previously routed, however laid short of the connection point. The Node 3 cable routing called for a widespread powerdown of Node 3 systems, including the Node 3-1 MDM, OGA, MCA, and CDRA. The Lab CDRA was activated for CO2 removal.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) N31B4A F1 Change Out: Kelly replaced RPCM N31B4A F1 which is located behind Node 3 Avionics Rack #1. The RPCM had experienced a switch anomaly in March 2015 which prevented power distribution to Audio Bus Coupler (ABC)-5, an Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) that provides a redundant Audio path for voice and Caution/Warning Tones to and from Node 3 and Cupola Modules.

Russian Treadmill (??-2) Repair: Today, Kornienko and Kononenko have replaced a broken Thrust Compensator Bracket on the Russian Treadmill (??-2). The bracket was reported as broken last month. With no onboard spares available, Russian Ground Teams manifested a replacement bracket onboard Progress 61P. Mission Control Center (MCC)-M has given the Russian Crew a go for ??-2 exercise. The Russian Crew had been using the US Treadmill 2 (T2) while ??-2 was out of service.

Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM): Yesterday, the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm2 into position to continue the Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) payload Task Board 3 (TB3) Science Operations. All objectives for TB3 were completed. This evening and overnight, ground controllers will begin TB4 science operations.

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

Node 2 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
Geophysical Experiment ???-1. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment
Node 2 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops – Hardware gathering for cable installation/routing
On MCC GO Vozdukh Deactivation
??-2 Repair
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
Node 2 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops – Cable Installation
HOPA – Operations
COSMOCARD. Preparation Ops. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
CUPOLA Window Shutter Close
Node 3 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
?3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2
Node 1 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
NOD3 UOP1 & UOP44 Hardware Powerdown
Node 2 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
Vacuum Cleaning ?1, ?2 air ducts in MRM2
Air Heater Fan [???] Screen Cleaning in ?? 718
Node 3 Cable Routing/Installation
Power Up NOD2 CQ-1 (Crew Quarter 1) Equipment
ISS SRVR1 – Loading backup Hard Drives
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
On MCC GO Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [???] Activation
Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV.
MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Hardware Setup and Configuration
OBT – HTV Rendezvous and Docking Conference
ISS SRVR1 – Stowage of loaded b/u hard drives
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Photography
INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
HAM radio session from Columbus
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
NOD3 UOP1 & UOP 4 Hardware Powerup
RELAKSATSIYA. Mounting hardware on CQ window No.1
Saving personal data from RSK2 Laptop prior to installation of a new SW version
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings
Node 1 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
PMM Hygiene Questionnaire
Saving personal data from RSK2 Laptop prior to installation of a new SW version
OGS – Mating QD connectors
Evening Work Prep
Preparation of reports for Roscosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
IMS Delta File Prep
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Transfer Data to Hard Drive

Completed Task List Items

Safety Video Followup [In Work]
61P Unpack [In Work]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

JEMRMS Operations in support of CubeSat deploys
System Safing in preparation for RPCM N31B4A F1 Change Out
Robotics Refueling Mission Science Operations [In Work]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 10/07: NRCSD #6 Deploys, RRM Ops, EMU Loop Scrubs, EMU resizing
Thursday, 10/08: SPHERES, Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 1, MELFI-2 RIU replacement
Friday, 10/09: SPHERES, Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 2

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 – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Shutdown
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Stop
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Shutdown
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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