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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 18 June 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
June 19, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 18 June 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 18 June 2014

Today: Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Slosh: (Commander (CDR) Swanson and Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman reviewed the Slosh procedures prior to Wiseman executing a Slosh test run.
Later in the day, both Swanson and Wiseman conducted a SPHERES-Slosh run. This investigation uses small robotic satellites to examine how liquids move around inside containers in microgravity. A water bottle’s contents slosh around differently in space than on Earth, but the physics of liquid motion in microgravity are not well understood, which affects computer simulations of liquid rocket fuel behavior. Middle school and high school students control the SPHERES to study how liquids behave inside containers in space, which increases the safety and efficiency of future rockets.

Fundamental and Applied Studies of Emulsion Stability (FASES) Simulation of Geophysical Fluid Flow Under Microgravity (GEOFLOW) Swap: FE-6 Gerst removed the FASES Experiment Container (EC) from Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) and installed the GEOFLOW. During the swap Gerst conduced continuity measurements between the FSL and the FASES EC cable. Tomorrow the ground will start commanding to GEOFLOW to initiate troubleshooting to determine the source of temperature control issues seen with FASES in FSL.

European Space Agency (ESA) Education Payloads Operations (EPO): Gerst recorded a video regarding earth observation. These observations could include information regarding the Earth’s oceans, rivers, mountains, and forests. The EPO will be used for educational purposes on the ground.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Gerst removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides which isolates the rack and allows ground teams to conduct another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. Iso-octane was used for this test point. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Biological Rhythms: Gerst attached a digital walk holter and electrodes to start taking data for his first measurement of Biological Rhythms. Gerst will collect data for 48 hours. Wiseman removed his Biological Rhythms hardware which ended a 48 hour data collection session. Biological Rhythms studies the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut’s electrocardiogram for 48 hours.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics operators successfully performed a Mobile Transporter (MT) translation from Work Site (WS)7 to WS2. This is in preparation for the Pump Module (PM) Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) relocation planned for next week.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC): The WHC check separator light illuminated earlier today. The light has been cleared and WHC has been configured to internal water container [???] until post RS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) 38 tomorrow. WHC is GO for use.

Today’s Planned Tasks

RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
Visual Inspection of Circuit Breaker [????]Position on DC1 Power Switch Panel [Complete]
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot / (Onboard Computer System (???) [Complete]
SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
EHS MCD – In-flight Microbiology Water analysis and data recording [Complete]
EVA Timeline Review / r/g 5910 [Complete]
EPO – Unstow and Install Video Camera [Complete]
EPO – Experiment Ops [Complete]
HRF2 – DVD Prep [Complete]
BLR48 – Data Save [Complete]
WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
SPHERES – Review On Board Training material [Complete]
EPO Hardware Stowage
SPHERES – Procedure Review [Complete]
BLR48 – Experiment start [Complete]
SPHERES Crew Conference [Complete]
Orlan-MK Drink Bag Refill and Install [Complete]
HRF2 – Closeout Ops with DVD [Complete]
Preparation of Incomplete Fuel Combustion Product [????] Protection Kit / r/g 5911 [Complete]
PELLE Data Download & placement before EVA / r/g 5898 [Complete]
Surface Sampling of the Node 3 (T+5) [Complete]
SPHERES – Test Setup [Complete]
REMOTE RS LAPTOP setup and test r/g 5892 [Complete]
CIR – Hardware Teardown [Complete]
S/G3 comm check [Complete]
TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
FASES – GEOFLOW Setup [Complete]
?? 712 Preparation for EVA-38 / r/g 5904 [Complete]
Vacuum cleaning of ??? and ??? valve screens before EVA 38 [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
SPHERES – Experiment Ops [Complete]
??1, ??2 Dust Filter Replacement and ?1, ?2 Fan Grille Cleaning in DC1 [Complete]
Preparation of Cables for SSC Connection in MRM2 for EVA / r/g 5909 [Complete]
COMMD – Completing Questionnaire [Complete]
SPHERES – Closeout Ops [Complete]
SPHERES – Data Download [Complete]
COMMD – Completing Questionnaire [Complete]
JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
Expedition 39/SpaceX-3 Plaque Hanging [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
Winscat CDR test
Sabatier purge
T61 battery swap
WHC KTO replace
Roscosmos Report
Roscosmos photos
Uragan photo
ECOK H/W reconfig
CFE ICF5 ops parts 1,2,3
Regen WSTA fill
HRF2 supply inventory
MOOT restow 2
CD transfer

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 06/19: Russian EVA #38, CFE ICF, Sprint, Resist Tubule, BASS
Friday, 06/20: Crew half duty day, CFE-5, EPO Top, EVA tool/camera return
Saturday, 06/21: Crew off duty
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 – Stop
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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