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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 10, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 October 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 October 2015.

Payload controllers are exploring why two Cubesats were unable to deploy this week from the Kibo lab module so they can be released later.
Meanwhile, the six-member Expedition 45 crew is finalizing cable work for the next Cygnus cargo mission, unloading cargo from a new Progress 61 (61P) resupply ship and conducting human research.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren is completing cable connections and routing today in the Unity module, the first U.S. module delivered to space and installed in 1998. The Unity’s Earth-facing port, which will be powered by the cables, will host the Orbital ATK Cygnus commercial space freighter due to arrive in early December.

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui assisted Lindgren with the Unity cable work before reviewing procedures for the SPHERES Vertigo experiment that uses a pair of bowling ball-sized satellites. Commander Scott Kelly replaced electronic gear inside a science freezer before attaching instruments and sensors to himself for the Sprint exercise study.

Cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Mikhail Kornienko continued cargo transfers from the 61P. Kononenko also worked on science hardware that monitors chemical reactions in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Kornienko joined veteran cosmonaut Sergey Volkov to process blood samples for the Neiroimmunitet study before working on the Algometriya medical monitoring experiment. Volkov then moved on to more science including the ongoing crystal magnetism experiment, the Calcium bone loss study and the Seismoprognoz earthquake study.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #6 Operations: Overnight, three unsuccessful attempts were made to retract the secondary latch associated with deployer # 6, which would have allowed the deployment of the remaining two cubesats for this operation. The next troubleshooting attempt to launch the cubesats will involve cycling the latches during a Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) E-stop test to jolt the deployer. A total of 14 cubesats have been deployed this week: 2 Danish satellites and 12 Planet Lab Doves. The Danish satellite GOMX-3 has an advanced antenna-pointing system and a variety of communications capabilities. It contains radios to test reception and data downlink for GPS satellites, the military and for weather monitoring, air traffic control and other uses. The Danish satellite AAUSAT-5 uses a student-designed and constructed Automatic Identification System (AIS) receiver to track ship signals in support of a space-based AIS system. 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

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint) Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max: For his Flight Day 195 Sprint VO2 session, Kelly attached Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes to himself, set up and donned Heart Rate Monitor hardware, performed Portable Pulmonary Function System calibrations, and then performed the VO2 protocol. The Sprint VO2 investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers while reducing total exercise time during long-duration space missions

Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) 2 Rack Interface Unit (RIU) Replacement: This morning, Kelly replaced the failed MELFI 2 RIU. Following the replacement, ground teams successfully activated MELFI 2. On September 7th this unit stopped providing Health and Status updates and the temperature started to change, indicating a Brayton motor stop.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Vertigo Setup: Yui reviewed procedures and participated in a conference with the SPHERES ground team in preparation for SPHERES Vertigo runs tomorrow. This investigation uses the SPHERES free-flying satellites to demonstrate and test enhanced technologies and techniques related to visual inspection and navigation. This effort incorporates hardware and software that enables multiple SPHERES to construct 3D models of a target object and then perform relative navigation solely by reference to those 3D models.

Sleep Log: Kelly continues a week-long set of Sleep Log entries by making a daily entry. 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.

Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack 2 (MSPR2) Video Recording Unit 2 (VRU2) Checkout: Yui provided support for troubleshooting an issue with high rate data link data packets from the MSPR2 VRU2. He connected two camcorders to the MSPR2 so that the ground can command downlink of images.

Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 1: As part of USOS Reconfiguation, Lindgren and Yui changed out bulkhead feedthrough connectors in the Lab to Node 1 vestibule. They then mated pre-routed jumper cables to the ISS 2 and 3 power domains. An additional activity is scheduled tomorrow in order to mate an alternate set of jumper cables to the 1 and 4 power domains. These cables will provide power to Node 1 Nadir Berthing Port and Galley Rack.

Service Module (SM) 8.08 Software Transition: Today, the Service Module Central Computers (???) and Service Module Terminal Computers (TBM) were upgraded from the SM 8.07 software load to the SM 8.08 software load. The new software will support new Russian Cargo and Soyuz vehicles as well as provide 20 new Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) Modes and removes SM software related to Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV).

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: During MSS power-up today, the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm-2 Shoulder Yaw joint failed to read the expected position and reported an Invalid Joint Position. The flight control engineering teams are working to troubleshoot and gather data. Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) science operations for today have been postponed while they work the issue.

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

NEIROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing
NEIROIMMUNITET. CORRECTSIA. Processing venous blood sample using Plasma-03 centrifuge
RUEXP – Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI
Airlock Manual Valve Close
MSPR2 – Video Checkout
Node 1 – Nadir port prep – Big picture
Battery Swap
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD
Audio Session with the Participants of XIII Korolev Readings and “Science ABC” Festival
Node 1 – Nadir port prep – Hardware Gathering
SPRINT – Hardware Power On
MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
Geophysical Experiment (???-1). Battery Charge for Relaksatsiya Experiment
Plug in Plan (PiP) – Airlock – UOP Hardware Power Down
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
MELF2 – RIU Transfer
Node 1 nadir power path connections – Part 1
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
CALCIUM. Experiment session 8
MELFI-2 Temperature Data Recorder (TDR) Battery Install/Replace
Power down hardware downstream of NOD2 UOP2 per Plug in Plan (PiP)
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (end) and start backup
Node 1 – Nadir port prep
SPRINT Experiment Ops
Soyuz 718 Samsung Tablet Computer Charge – start
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
EXPRESS Rack Hard Drive Replacement
Monthly Inspection of T2 Treadmill System
Battery Swap
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copying data to removable hard drive
On MCC GO Vozdukh Deactivation
Airlock Manual Valve Open
Plug in Plan (PiP) – Node 2 – Hardware Power-up downstream UOP2
SPRINT – Equipment Stowage
Soyuz 718 Samsung tablet charging
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops
??? Maintenance
Locating and gathering tools and equipment for light unit replacement in DC1.
SPHERES – Review
Battery Swap
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
SPHERES Crew Conference
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
SPHERES – Data Export
On MCC Go RS3 Laptop Deactivation
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop
Airlock Express Rack Equipment Power-up downstream of UOP
EXPRESS Rack Laptop Configuration
Node 2 CQ Laptop Power Up
IMS Delta File Prep
On MCC Go Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [???] Activation
On MCC Go RS1 Laptop Activation. Tagup with specialists
On MCC Go Test of Laptop RS1-???1-???-??? Command & Data Line
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill [Aborted]
RELAKSATSIYA. Mounting hardware on CW window No.1
HMS – Food Frequency Questionnaire
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings
SPRINT – Closeout Ops
Preparation of reports for Roscosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography

Completed Task List Items

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

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

System safing in support of Node 1 Nadir power connections
Robotics Refueling Mission Science Operations

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 10/09: SPHERES, Node 1 Nadir Power Connections Part 2
Saturday, 10/10: Crew off Duty, Node 1/Lab Vestible Leak Check (Modules forward of Node 1 will be isolated)
Sunday, 10/11: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty

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”) – On
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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