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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 October 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 26, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 October 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 October 2013

Cygnus Departure: Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) in the Hot Backup configuration and re-rigidized Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Latching End Effector (LEE)-A which was grappled to Cygnus.
Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg and FE-5 Parmitano demated Cygnus from the Node 2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) and then used the SSRMS to uninstall Cygnus and maneuver it to the release position. The ISS Crew then released Cygnus at 6:31 am CDT and maneuvered the SSRMS back from the spacecraft. After Cygnus departure, the ISS Crew maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. The Robotics Ground Controllers then reconfigured the MSS for nominal operations, used the SSRMS cameras to support an inspection survey of the Node 2 Nadir Active CBM, and powered down the MSS. Cygnus is scheduled for a destructive re-entry tomorrow, October 23rd.

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM): Parmitano set up the EarthKAM components in Node 2 and activated the camera and software for viewing of the Cygnus vehicle departure and a week-long imaging session. EarthKAM is an education program that enables thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space crew’s perspective. Using the Internet, the students control a special digital camera mounted on-board the ISS. This enables them to photograph the Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other geographic items of interest from the unique vantage point of space. The EarthKAM ground team then posts these photographs on the Internet for the public and participating classrooms around the world to view.

Thermolab Instrumentation for Circadian Rhythms with Actiwatch: Parmitano configured and donned an Actiwatch and instrumented himself with Thermolab sensors connected to a Thermolab Unit attached to his belt. This equipment will be worn for the next 36 hours for the last of the six sessions planned for Parmitano. The ESA Circadian Rhythms experiment examines the role of synchronized circadian rhythms (the human body’s 24 hour light-dark cycle) and its maintenance during long duration spaceflight. Understanding how changes in body composition, body temperature regulation, and physical activity affect circadian rhythms will support development of enhancements for performance and health care of future crewmembers.

Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Interior Corner Flow (ICF)-3: FE-3 Hopkins set up and initiated the 4th CEF ICF run of the 17 currently planned. CFE ICF studies capillary flow in interior corners. Structured inside tanks providing interior corners are used in the design of fuel tanks to promote fuel flow to the outlet of the tank in the absence of gravity. The units used in the ICF-3 runs differ from other ICF series in the capillary geometry of the test chambers. Equations governing the process are known but have not been solved analytically because of a lack of experimental data identifying the appropriate boundary conditions for the flow problem. Experimental results will provide the necessary boundary conditions as a function of container cross section and fill fraction. The benchmarked theory can then be used to improve propellant management aboard spacecraft.

Fan/Pump/Separator (FPS) R&R Tool Gather: Hopkins gathered the tools that will be used during the FPS R&R scheduled tomorrow, Wednesday October 23, 2013. The FPS R&R is a continuation of EMU 3011 troubleshooting following an excessive amount of water accumulating in the helmet during US EVA 23.

Today’s Planned Tasks

Hematocrit Test [Complete]
Hematocrit Hardware Stow [Complete]
USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]
??? Laptops Antivirus Scan Check and Status Report [Complete]
RWS – Configuration [Complete]
Regeneration of ??? ?1 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
CIR – Hardware Setup [Complete]
EKAM – Hardware installation and activation [Complete]
Cygnus – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Setup [Complete]
Gathering EVA Equipment and Tools (including Pressurized Camera Enclosure with camera for EVA[Complete]
EMU FPS R&R – Tools Gathering [Complete]
Cygnus/Node 2 – vestibule pressure check [Complete]
Cygnus – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Selfcheck [Complete]
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group ?1 [Complete]
Camcorder Setup to View LAB Remote Workstation (RWS) Monitor 3 [Complete]
Node 2 CBM – Demate [Complete]
SSRMS – Cygnus Uninstall [Complete]
SSRMS – Cygnus Grapple Release [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
SSRMS Maneuver to Park Position [Complete]
Cygnus – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Power Off[Complete]
Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-C1 SFU Sample Setup 1[Complete]
RWS Teardown[Complete]
TOCA WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
Cygnus/Node 2 Vestibule Depress Teardown [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings [Complete]
RST R3. Fixation and Review [Complete]
Handover / Handover Recommendations (???) [Complete]
Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE) Hardware Setup [Complete]
G1 – Closeout Ops [Complete]
Cygnus – PROX Power Switch OFF [Complete]
Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE) Hardware Setup [Complete]
Cygnus – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Stow [Complete]
Cleaning FGB ??? Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3 [Complete]
MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops [Complete]
MOTOCARD. Experiment Assistance [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Tritel Readings [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
VHF comm. check via US ground stations [Complete]
Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythm [Complete]
ISERV – Opening window shutters in the LAB [Complete]
Capillary Flow Experiments Hardware Teardown [Complete]
TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
VASC – Hardware Setup [Complete]
ATV Transfer Tagup [Complete]
??? ?1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination) [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation
KTO Replace
???-? R&R
ATV Cargo Transfer [In Work]
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
EMU FPS R&R Study [In Work]
15th Anniversary PAO Messages
35S Prepack [In Work]
Crew Discretion PAO [In Work]
Data Prep for Return
CDRA ASV Clean [In Work]
Node 1 JSL 16-port ethernet switch deploy assessment
SM Printer Troubleshooting

Nominal commanding supporting Cygnus departure [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 10/23: Fundoscope Focus troubleshooting, EMU Loop Scrub, BCAT C1
Thursday, 10/24: EMU 3011 FAN PUMP SEPARATOR R&R, Fundoscope Exam
Friday, 10/25: Ocular Health, ATV Undock OBT, EMU 3011 Screen test

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 – Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Warm up

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