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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 May 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
May 14, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 May 2015
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted this image of Subtropical Storm Anna as it moved toward the US east coast on May 8th, 2015. Scott added this comment to his tweet: "Subtropical Storm #Ana churns off the East coast of USA. #Wx from @Space_Station. #YearInSpace." Credit: NASA.

Today: Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Replace: In preparation for the start of FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2J, Virts removed the MDCA Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) from the CIR Combustion Chamber and replaced the MDCA Needles, fuel reservoirs, MDCA Igniter Tips and the MDCA Fiber Arm.
Following the changeouts, he reinstalled the MDCA CIA into the CIR Combustion Chamber. Ground controllers will perform calibrations from the ground prior to the first planned test of the FLEX-2J in early June. FLEX-2J studies the interactions of flames on the ignition (or non-ignition) and motion of millimeter-sized droplets. The experiment operates in the CIR and consists of a linear array of droplets, several of which are fixed, while the others are free to move along the support fiber. The fixed droplets are ignited and the resulting flame spread and motion of the droplets observed with the CIR diagnostic cameras. The experiment extends the results of single droplet studies to the conditions where droplet-droplet interactions are important. This provides insight into the fundamental physics of practical combustors. Specifically, droplets in practical combustors interact with each other as a flame spreads through a fuel spray. This includes not only how the flame spreads between the droplets, but also how the flame influences the motion of the droplets.

JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table Preparation: Kelly installed the Small Fine Arm (SFA) Attachment Mechanism (SAM) and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) to the JEMAL Slide Table and retracted the table back into the airlock. Tomorrow Kelly will install the JAXA exposure experiments, ExHAM and Tanpopo.

Node 3 (N3) Power Reconfiguration: Cristoferetti partially installed the N3 Forward Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) power cable which will provide power to the PMM when it is relocated to N3 Forward. The relocation is currently planned for May 27.

Node 1 (N1) Stowage/Relocation: Cristoferetti continued moving infrequently used hardware from N1 to Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM)-1. The relocation is to create space in the N1 for food stowage and the Galley Rack scheduled to arrive in August on H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-5.

Dragon Cargo Transfer Operations: As of today, the crew is 85% complete with SpX-6 cargo operations.

ISS Server 1: The onboard server 1 experienced a degraded ultrabay hard drive today. The crew replaced the drive with a spare, and ground teams are currently reloading data from the available backups. This operation is expected to be completed before crew wake tomorrow.

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

Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
OTKLIK. Hardware Check
XF305 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
NAPOR-miniRSA. Cleaning ???-? Vents
Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) Installation
OBSTANOVKA. Download of Obstanovka P/L Data (start)
Life On The Station Photo and Video
VIZIR. Experiment Ops
Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) Installation – Assistance
Life On The Station Photo and Video
MSG – Locating lost filter caps
DAN. Experiment Ops. Tagup with specialists
DAN. Photography of the Experiment Ops
JEM Airlock – Releasing Capture Mechanism
Life On The Station Photo and Video
JEM Airlock – Slide Table Retraction
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Part 1
CIR – Video Setup and Rack Doors Open
Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Support
JEMAL – MPEP Capture
DRAGON. Transfers Ops
CIR – Hardware Activation and Vide Ops
Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Part 2
MDCA – Equipment Transfer (Part 1)
JEM Airlock – Slide Table Retraction
Closing USOS Window Shutters
OBSTANOVKA. Download of Obstanovka P/L Data (end)
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Private Medical Conference
Actiwatch – Hardware Setup
Actiwatch spectrum configuration modification for data collection
WHC Fill
Life On The Station Photo and Video
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops
MDCA – Equipment Transfer (Part 2)
Node3 Power Reconfiguration
Audit of Personal Hygiene Articles
WHC Fill
??? Maintenance
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHS) Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter Changeout
Rodent Research (RR) – Stowage Prepack
DRAGON. Transfers Ops
CIR – Front End Cap Closure
PROBOY. Document review and equipment gathering r/g 8800
CIR – Rack Doors Closure
IMS Delta File Prep
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (evening)
Completed Task List Items

Capillary Beverage Galley Demonstration [In Work]
Ground Activities
All activities complete unless otherwise noted.

CIR ops
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 05/14: JEMAL Slide Table activities (ExHAM, Tanpopo install), HXP sampling
Friday, 05/15: Restocking rodent habitat, Micro Observatory sampling
Saturday, 05/16: Crew off duty, housekeeping, Dragon transfer ops
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 – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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