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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 August 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
August 22, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 August 2014
In the grasp of the Japanese robotic arm, the CubeSat deployer releases a pair of NanoRacks CubeSat miniature satellites. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 40 flight engineer, monitored the satellite deployment while operating the Japanese robotic arm from inside the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory. The Planet Labs Dove satellites that were carried to the station aboard the Orbital Sciences Cygnus commercial cargo craft are being deployed between Aug. 19 and Aug. 25. A section of the International Space Station solar array wings are at left. Credit: NASA

Today: NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Operations: Last night, ground controllers were unsuccessful in their attempt to deploy four Cosmogia Dove CubeSats via the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) from deployers #4 and #5.
Preliminary plans are to re-attempt those deploys on Monday. This morning the team successfully deployed two CubeSats from deployer #6. Tonight they are scheduled to deploy four additional CubeSats from deployers #7 and #8.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides which isolated the rack and allowed ground teams to conduct another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. Toluene and heptane were used for these test points. 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. Results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding of how fires behave in space and provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Electromagnetic Levitation (EML) Installation: FE-6 Gerst continued EML installation inside the European Drawer Rack (EDR). He assembled a water pump and installed it inside the EML Power and H2O Supply module. He also installed a hard disc, but when installing the axial camera inside Experiment Module Gerst encountered a stuck fastener. Ground teams are assessing future troubleshooting. EML aims to increase the performance of metallic/alloy structures through an understanding of how solidification can be controlled and develop a data base of properties to allow better process modeling. The experiment investigates solidification and microstructural evolution and evaluates thermo-physical properties of highly reactive molten metals.

Station Support Computer (SSC) Version 5 Transition: The SSC Version 5 transition is proceeding well. The LS1 server load is complete and the ground team has loaded version 5 on several SSCs. The remaining SSCs are in work.

Cargo Operations: The crew continued pre-packing of US cargo for the 38 Soyuz (38S) return in September. They also continued transferring cargo from Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 to the ISS.

Today’s Planned Tasks

RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
SSC v.4 – Setup SSCs for standalone ops [Complete]
SSC v.4 – Transition from wireless to wired configuration [Complete]
SSCV4 – Wired Configuration / r/g 6443 step 1 [Complete]
Terminate discharge of the 2nd 825?3 Pack and remove the 2nd Pack from discharge r/g 6419 [Complete]
Replace SSCv4 Servers with SSCv5 Servers [Complete]
ATV Cargo Operations [Complete]
Post-EVA tool stowage, reflect changes in the IMS / r/g 6428 [Complete]
On MCC Go Regeneration of ??? ?2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
MSPR-ZEBRA – AQH Deactivation and Closeout Ops [Complete]
SSCv5 – Station Support Computer (SSC) Version Swap [Complete]
SSC v.5 – reload prep [Complete]
OTKLIK. Hardware Check / r/g 6040 [Complete]
CIR – Hardware Teardown [Complete]
EML – Gather Equipment for Run 1 [Complete]
WHC Fill [Complete]
EML – Removal of Power and H2O Supply Drawer [Complete]
EML – Installation of the Water Pump Package inside the EML [Complete]
CWC Transfer [Complete]
HAM RADIOS Hardware Activation [Complete]
Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
EML – H2O Supply Drawer installation [Complete]
Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
NAPOR-miniRSA. Preparing and starting copying files. r/g 6444 [Complete]
EML – Removal of the Launch Lock [Complete]
On MCC Go ISS Repress Using Air from ??? 423 (DC1) ???? Section 2 – (start) [Complete]
SSCv5 – Connecting T2 to SSC after transition to version 5 [Complete]
Video camera set up on window ?4 [Complete]
EML – Gather Equipment for Run 2 [Complete]
ATV Cargo Operations [Complete]
On MCC Go ISS Repress from ??? 423 (DC1) ???? Section 2 (terminate) [Complete]
EML – Removal of the Experiment Module [Complete]
Crew Prep for TV Conference / r/g 6439 [Complete]
USOS hardware setup for PAO [Complete]
EML – Hard Drive Installation [Complete]
TV Conference with Moskva 24 Information TV Channel / r/g 6439 [Complete]
URAGAN. Observation and Photography using ??? mounting bracket. r/g 6445 [Complete]
ATV Transfers Tagup [Complete]
EML – Camera Installation in the Experiment Module [Deferred]
IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
38S Prepack [Complete]
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check / (SM Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System [Complete]
Symbolic Activity Preparation / r/g 6423 [Complete]
EML – Installation of Orifices [Complete]
EML – Re-installation of the Experiment Module [Complete]
Recording of Video Greetings / r/g 6440 [Complete]
IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
EML – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
Exercise Data Downlink / r/g 5929 [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
SHD – Space Headaches Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
On MCC Go Regeneration ??? ?2 Micropurification Cartridge (termination) [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
WHC KTO replace
Roscosmos Report
EVA video downlink
Uragan Photo
3DA1 cam ops
ARED detent flip
CTB unpack/relocate
Food warmer mod
Data prep return
ESA EPM tray invent
ATV cargo ops

Nominal commanding
JEMRMS cubesat operations
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 08/22: JEM PDH R&R, SPRINT ultrasound, Body Measures, SSC wireless config
Saturday, 08/23: Crew off duty
Sunday, 08/24: 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”) – 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) – Standby
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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