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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 August 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
August 26, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 August 2014
In the International Space Station's Kibo laboratory, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 40 flight engineer, depressurizes the Kibo airlock in preparation for a series of NanoRacks CubeSat miniature satellite deployments. The first two pairs of nanosatellites are scheduled for deployment on Aug. 19. 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. Credit: NASA.

Today: NanoRacks Inadvertent Deploy: On Saturday, ground teams observed the inadvertent deploy of two Cosmogia CubeSats from Deployer #5 of the NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD).
The ISS was still in the deploy attitude and the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) was still positioned for the deployment. No issues have been identified with the deployment trajectory, the CubeSats or the ISS. Ground teams are investigating the probable cause and discussing future operations with the NRCSD and CubeSats remaining in the deployer.

Microbiome Sample Collection: Over the weekend, Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Gerst started collecting samples for the Microbiome investigation. The experiment investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time).

Electromagnetic Levitation (EML) Installation: Gerst removed the axial camera controller from the EML Experiment Module to access a bolt that the crew found partially extended last week, which impeded the installation of the axial camera. Today’s steps to remove the bolt were unsuccessful, and ground teams are assessing future troubleshooting steps. Once EML is completely installed it will aim 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.

Earth Rim Setup: Gerst set up cameras in the Cupola to take sequential pictures of the Earth’s rim. The images will be taken in conjunction with the nadir-pointing Visible and Infrared Spectral Imager (VISI) on the external Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment (MCE). This will give the ground stereoscopic images to clarify the structures and dynamics of the Earth’s upper atmosphere using the emission of the airglow and the aurora.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: FE-5 Wiseman removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, which will isolate the rack and allow 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. 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.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove & Replace (R&R): Wiseman gathered required tools and he and Commander (CDR) Swanson started replacing the FPS in Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3011. They will complete this activity tomorrow.

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]
KHROMATOMASS. Science prep / r/g 6466 [Complete]
KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and blood testing / r/g 6466 [Complete]
USOS h/w handover to ROS crew for FGB ops [Complete]
EMU 3011 FPS R&R [Complete]
IVA – science ops training session [Complete]
DPC (S-band) [Complete]
Kentavr G-suit fitting [Complete]
CIR – h/w de-install [Complete]
IVA – clothing bags transfer [Complete]
D2X time interval gauge install [Complete]
Laptop RS2 HDD cloning h/w setup. r/g 6461 [Complete]
Move the sliding platform towards JEF in JEM’s airlock, part 2 [Complete]
ESA – weekly crew conference [Complete]
[??]-Laptop RS2 cable inspection r/g 6461 [Complete]
FGB [????]’s 11?156? h/w diagnostics / ??? ????? ??? part 1 r/g 6453 [Complete]
Receive and copy file to the media. r/g 6461 [Complete]
KHROMATOMASS. Closeout ops / r/g 6466 [Complete]
Laptop RS2 HDD cloning w/out using Norton Ghost r/g 6461 [Complete]
FGB [???]’s ??-2 and ???-2 h/w diagnostics / r/g 6450 [Complete]
JEMRMS – switch SAM into grapple position [Complete]
EDR-EML – troubleshooting [Complete]
Laptop RS2 software update. r/g 6461 [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Science ops run. r/g 6460 [Complete]
Retract JEM airlock’s sliding platform and close the external hatch. Part 2 [Complete]
JEMRMS – RLT laptop deactivation [Complete]
Exercise data downlink / r/g 5929 [Complete]
FGB surface and structure sampling / r/g 6454 [Complete]
EDR-EML – troubleshooting [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Science ops run. r/g 6459 [Complete]
PAO h/w setup [Complete]
PAO crew preparation / r/g 6463 [Complete]
2nd SCO Youth Forum PAO / r/g 6463 [Complete]
EML – install axial camera & controller [Deferred]
EML – install inside the experimental module [Deferred]
ROSKOSMOS feature shooting / r/g 6467 [Complete]
Photography of SM interior using the photometric targets. r/g 6455 [Complete]
FGB surface and structure sampling / r/g 6454 [Complete]
FASTER software uninstall [Complete]
Install ???-4 fire extinguisher at FGB_410 / r/g 6438 [Complete]
FASTER data downlink setup [Complete]
IVA – clothing bag transfer [Complete]
EARTH – Earth observation [Complete]
JRNL – log entry
DPC (S-band) [Complete]
IVA – exercise clothing reminder review [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
AMO shortcut install
IMS update
WHC KTO replace
Roscosmos Report
Cozh maintenance
Uragan Photo
Dragon pre-pack review
EVA post print
3DA1 cam ops
ARED detent flip
CTB 1226 unpack [In work]
CTB 1247 unpack
Data prep return
EPM tray invent [Complete]
EVA handover
Food warmer mod
Hatch seal inspect-parts 1,2,3
HRF2 8PU drawer reconfig
IMAX Cupola photos
NORS A/L reconfig part 2
ATV cargo ops

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 08/26: EPM video checkout, MagVector install, EVA FPS R&R conclude/pack, Regen tank R&R
Wednesday, 08/27: Robonaut 2 mobility install, OBT 39S emergency drill, Viable, ATV reboost,
Thursday, 08/28: Robonaut 2 mobility install, EML harness install, ACE, SSRMS LEE B photo
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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