Space Stations

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 August 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
August 21, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 August 2013
Lake Michigan as seen from the ISS.

New Status: Spinal Ultrasound Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Cassidy performed his final of three Spinal Ultrasound Scan sessions for his stay onboard the ISS.
This investigation aims to characterize microgravity-associated spinal alterations during and after spaceflight using in-flight ultrasound. Results from this research will provide data to enhance crew health for long duration space missions.

Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) InfraRed (IR) Imager Replacement: FE-6 Nyberg replaced the FPEF IR imager with a new IR imager that arrived on HTV-4. The new IR imager was installed in preparation for the Dynamic Surf experiment planned to start in Increment 37. FPEF is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) subrack facility housed within the Ryutai Rack and is used to investigate fluid physics phenomena in microgravity. The Dynamic Surf investigation is part of a series of JAXA experiments that examine Marangoni convection, or flow, a process driven by the presence of surface tension gradient as produced by a temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. Fluid convection observations of a silicone oil liquid bridge that is generated by heating the one disc higher than the other within the FPEF. By observing and understanding how such fluids move researchers can learn about how heat is transferred in microgravity, and ultimately drive the design and development of more efficient fluid flow based systems and devices.

Surface Telerobotics Operations: FE-6 Nyberg performed the last of three planned sessions in this increment of the Surface Telerobotics experiment. This investigation examines how the crew can effectively tele-operate ground robots from orbit to simulate activities, such as landing site validation and traverse scouting, while constrained by factors related to the space environment, crew vehicle resources and communications.

Deck Crew Quarters Cleaning: FE-5 Parmitano has cleaned the Deck Crew Quarters intake and exhaust duct, fan and airflow sensor as a standard preventative maintenance activity.

Node 3 Condensate Sampling: FE-3 Cassidy sampled condensate from the Node 3 waste water bus. These samples will be returned to the ground on 34S for analysis.

Today’s Planned Tasks

CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor [Complete]
Terminate charging Orlan 825?3 pack 2 (No. 1268861162) [Complete]
Life On The Station Photo and Video [Complete]
Node 3 Condensate Line Sample [Complete]
Orlan No. 4, ??? (Orlan Interface Unit) leak checks and valve tests [Complete]
Crew Quarters Cleaning [Complete]
Battery Installation in Orlan Telemetry Unit (????) [Complete]
CIR – Hardware Setup [Complete]
??? ??-3? Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
Preparation for ???? and ??? cable reconnection for ??? [Complete]
Network and Computer Hardware Audit [Complete]
DC1 ??-3? Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
???? and ??? cable reconnection for ??? [Complete]
Closeout Ops after ???? and ??? cables reconnection for ??? [Complete]
Orlan No. 6, ??? (Orlan Interface Unit) leak check and valve tests [Complete]
VIRU. Photo Spectral System (???) Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
FPEF – IR. Imager Replacement [Complete]
USND2 – Hardware Checkout before the Experiment [Complete]
SPINAL – Scanning Ops [Complete]
Orlan Comm Configuration [Complete]
Orlan and ??? Telemetry Check. Orlan comm check and medical parameter test [Complete]
SPINAL – Ultrasound Scan Operations [Complete]
Orlan suit No. 4 adjustment check [Complete]
??1-4 Dust Filter Cartridge Replacement in SM [Complete]
SURFACE. SSC Relocation [Complete]
OBSTANOVKA. Download of Obstanovka P/L Data from ???? to RSS1 (start) [Complete]
Comm reconfig after Orlan Comm. Check [Complete]
PAO Event [Complete]
SURFACE. Printout and Review the Experiment [Complete]
SURFACE. Telerobotics GUI Training [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings [Complete]
Gather EVA Equipment and Tools. Photography, Photo Downlink [Complete]
WRM – Condensate Pumping Initiation [Complete]
VIRU. Conduct the experiment using Photo Spectral System (???) Hardware. [Complete]
SURFACE. Crew conference [Complete]
USND2 – Ultrasound 2 Rack Power Off [Complete]
SURFACE. Session 1 Ops [Complete]
WRM – Terminate Condensate Pumping [Complete]
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) [Complete]
VIRU. Fill out and Downlink VIRU Log Sheet [Complete]
??-3? Replacement [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Gather EVA Equipment and Tools. Photography, Photo Downlink. [Complete]
SURFACE. Crew Debrief [Complete]
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) [Complete]
SURFACE. SSC Relocation [Complete]
OBSTANOVKA. Download of Obstanovka P/L Data from ???? to RSS1 (termination) [Complete]
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor [Complete]
Task List

CEO Operations [Complete]
ARED Leak Check [Complete]
Data Prep for Return CDR
Data Prep for Return FE-2
Data Prep for Return FE-3
WHC KTO Replace
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
ARED Set Screw tightening [Complete]
Crew Choice Video Downlink
52P US unpack [In work]
Blackout Curtain Retrieve
High Definition Encoder Repair [Complete]

Nominal Commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 8/21: SPINAL, Biolab troubleshooting, Ultrasound, WRS Multifiltration Remove and Replace, ARED Rope Replacement
Thursday, 8/22: Russian EVA #35, InSPACE-3, Aniso, SPINAL, Ultrasound
Friday, 8/23: IPEHG A install, MAS and SSK samples, InSPACE run, MT Translation WS4 to WS6

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – On
[???] 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 – Off
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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