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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 8, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 October 2015
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui works on spacesuits in the U.S. Quest airlock. Credit: NASA.

The deployment of this week’s final two Cubesats from the Kibo lab module is on hold today. Also, the crew is preparing a pair of spacesuits for an Oct. 28 maintenance spacewalk.
More Cubesats were released overnight and this morning from a deployer mechanism attached to the Kibo lab module. However, the final pair of Cubesats failed to deploy today due to interference with a latch on the deployer. Payload controllers are investigating the issue to determine a future release date of the Cubesats. This week’s Cubesats due for release included 14 Dove sats from Planet Labs and two European Cubesats.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren are scheduled for a pair of spacewalks in late October and early November to upgrade systems on the outside of the International Space Station. The duo resized their spacesuits and unpacked gear from the U.S. Quest airlock. Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui assisted the duo as he scrubbed suit cooling loops and dried out suit fans and vent loops.

The three cosmonauts — Flight Engineers Sergey Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko — worked on science, maintenance and cargo transfers. Volkov studied micrometeoroid impacts, Earth observation techniques and crystal magnetism. Kononenko unloaded gear from the new Progress 61 resupply ship. Kornienko assisted with the Progress unpacking and worked on Russian maintenance tasks.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Operations: Yesterday evening two Dove cubesats were launched successfully from Deployer #5. However, an overnight attempt to launch an additional two cubesats from Deployer #6 was not successful. Subsequently, two cubesats from Deployer #7 were launched this morning. Ground teams are investigating the launch failure for Deployer #6 and working the forward plan.

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (SPRINT) Configuration: Kelly configured the Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) in advance of his Flight Day 195 Sprint Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max session tomorrow. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.

Large Format Motion Picture Camera (IMAX) Activities: Kelly connect the IMAX Codex to a Station Support Computer (SSC) for 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.

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.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation: Yui has configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3005 and 3011 for loop scrubbing. Samples containing 250 mL of the water were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering. 10 mL of this water sample were used for a conductivity test and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis. After the samples were taken, Yui then reconfigured Loop Scrub hardware for Iodination of Ion Filters on both suits. Later in the afternoon, Lindgren unstowed items from the Airlock that will not be required for the upcoming EVAs. Kelly and Lindgren also worked to resize EMU 3003 and 3010 which will be used during the EVAs. EMU 3003 was resized for Kelly and EMU 3010 for Lindgren.

Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection: Lindgren conducted the regular inspection of the Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE), Extension Hose Tee Kit (EHTK), Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA), and Pre-Breathe Masks. Pre-Breathe Masks are not emergency equipment, but have similar maintenance requirements and thus are included in this inspection.

Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) Operations: Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) into position to start the TB4 Science Operations. Next SPDM Arm2, using use the Multifunction Tool (MFT), acquired, checked out and unstowed the Blindmate Connector Adaptor (BCA). They then maneuvered the BCA into position and inserted it into and mated it to the Electrical Test Port Panel (TTP) on TB4. Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers released the MFT from the BCA and maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM into position to perform the MFT Vision Task which consisted of calibrating the MFT cameras using a checkerboard target on TB4. Finally they commanded SSRMS and SPDM to overnight park ready to resume tomorrow.

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

ISS Crew / SSIPC FD Conference
IMAX – Connecting to SSC
Crew replaces batteries for SPHERES session
Start EMU cooling loop scrub
CUBESAT – Deployment Photo
Life On The Station Photo and Video
ODF Books Update on IPAD [Aborted]
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
RS1 Laptop Activation
Test of ???1-???-??? Command & Data Path
RS1 Laptop Deactivation
Test of Laptop RS3-???2-???-??? Command & Data Path
Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Removal ops
Replacement of E-K Pre-treat Container and Hose in ??? System
ODF Books Update on IPAD [Aborted]
Saving personal data from RSK2 Laptop prior to installation of a new SW version
Opening JEMAL Outer Hatch and extending slide table to JEF side [Aborted]
Installation of SW Version 4.1 on station Laptop RSK2.
IMAX – Terminate Battery Charge
Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)
Cleaning fan screens on FGB interior panels 116, 316, 231, 431
Node 1 – Cable Installation/Routing Ops
Installing of closeout panels that require no hatch closure
COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops
EMU Cooling Loop Post Scrub Water Sample
IMS Delta File Prep
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
EMU – Cooling loop maintenance for iodination
JEMRMS – Hardware Checkout [Aborted]
SPRINT – Hardware Setup
?3 Fan Screen Cleaning inDC1
Initiate condensate tank offload to CWC
Changing Batteries for SPHERES
IMAX – Terminate Codex 512 GB Drive charge
Swap CWCs to allow for complete tank offload
JEMAL- Hardware Removal [Aborted]
JEMRMS RLT Laptop Deactivation [Aborted]
Termination of Condensate Tank Offload to CWC
EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance – EMU Reconfig
Weekly conference with the Program Management
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) – Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) – Full Fill
Video Footage of Greetings
Private Medical Conference
IMAX – Power Down
EMU – Long Dryout
EMU-H2O – Conductivity Test
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) – Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) – Full Fill
MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops
Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (???) Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
Progress 429 (SM Aft) priority and US cargo transfers and IMS Ops
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run
EMU – Cooling Loop Scrub – Deconfiguration
EMU Resizing
Changing Batteries for SPHERES
EMU Resizing
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copying data to removable hard drive
??? Maintenance
EVA – Equipment transfer from Airlock
VIZIR. Experiment Ops
Ventilation grille cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401)
EVA – Equipment transfer from Airlock
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
Terminate BSA Battery Stowage Assembly Maintenance Cycle
EVA – Stow equipment used in conductivity test
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
PAO Event / See OPTIMIS Viewer for Procedure
Preparation of reports for Roscosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography

Completed Task List Items

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

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

JEMRMS Ops [On Hold]
UHF Activation in support of EMU Loop Scrub

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 10/08: SPHERES, Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 1
Friday, 10/09: SPHERES, Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 2
Saturday, 10/10: Crew off Duty, Node 1/Lab Vestibule Leak Check (Modules forward of Node 1 will be isolated)

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) – 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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