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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 November 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 27, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 November 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 November 2013

Today: Circadian Rhythms: On Friday, Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata was unable to complete his first 36 hour Circadian Rhythms session because of an issue with the Thermolab Control Unit. Ground teams are investigating.
4K Camera Checkout: Wakata continued the checkout of JAXA’s 4K camera in the Cupola with remote setting for the camera and verification of auto shot capability. The checkout was performed in preparation for JAXA’s 4K live PAO event scheduled for December 4,, 2013. During that event, video images from the Cupola of the ISON Comet will be captured using the 4K Ultra High Definition System.

Body Measures: Wakata, with operator assistance from FE-3 Hopkins, set up cameras and cabin video, performed body marker instrumentation, collected calibration and body pose photos and circumference measurements. It is anticipated that body measurements will change due to microgravity and fluid shifts. The goal of this study is to gather preliminary data to better understand the magnitude and variability of these changes. This data is important to be able to determine the changes that may occur during long-duration space flight and to be able to apply the changes to suit fit, suit sizing, workstation design, etc. for future missions to maximize performance, prevent injury, and reduce crew time for altering or adjusting their suits, workstation, etc. to accommodate their anthropometrics.

Biological Experiment Laboratory (Biolab) Commissioning Day 1: FE-5 Mastracchio performed the first of four days of crew activities to support commissioning of ESA’s Biolab facility in the Columbus module. The activities performed today was primarily to prepare the facility for testing over the next two weeks. He assembled the Experiment Container for Triplelux, (the next planned experiment), inserted a tape to record video from the Biolab Microscope, installed an insert for the rack’s Automatic Ambient Stowage (AAS) compartment containing several syringes that will be manipulated from the ground using Biolab’s Handling Mechanism, and installed an insert and insulation for the the Automatic Temperature Controlled Stowage (ATCS) compartment. BioLab is a multiuser research facility used to perform space biology experiments on microorganisms, cells, tissue cultures, small plants, and small invertebrates. BioLab will allow scientists to gain a better understanding of the effects of microgravity and space radiation on biological organisms.

Node 2 Joint Station LAN (JSL) Wire Harnesses: Hopkins installed two new JSL wire harnesses which connect the Node 2 Nadir bulkhead to the Node 2 ISL Router. The new cables will provide Ethernet connectivity to Visiting Vehicles berthed to the nadir port. SpaceX-3, currently scheduled for February of next year, will be the first to utilize this connection for routing Dragon Trunk video through the JSL.

Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Leak Troubleshooting: The ITCS was transitioned to dual loop on November 12th in an attempt to locate a small leak in the system. The leak rate decreased after the transition. This morning, the crew reported residue on an ITCS sample adapter, indicating that as the possible leak source. An additional inspection was performed and determined that the valve on the adapter was not fully closed. The Crew subsequently closed the valve and the ITCS loop was transitioned back to Single-Loop Low Temperature configuration. Ground teams will be trending leak rates over the next several days.

Progress 53P Launch: 53P launched nominally today at 2:53pm CST and has achieved orbital insertion after nominal ascent. All appendages were deployed successfully. The Progress is scheduled to perform a fly-by of the ISS with its closest approach (1.6km) on Wednesday, 27 November at 3:53pm CST. Docking is scheduled to occur on Friday, November 29th at 4:28pm CST.

Today’s Planned Tasks

RELAKSATSIYA. Start SONY DCR-TRV900E Battery Charge [Complete]
REACTION – Self-Reaction Test [Complete]
Kazbek Fit Check [Complete]
BLB_CR – Hardware Unpacking for the Experiment [Complete]
Life On The Station Photo and Video [Complete]
WHC Fill [Complete]
BAR. Experiment Ops. [Complete]
JAXA – Video Downlink [Complete]
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement [Complete]
4K Camera setup [Complete]
BLB_CR – Insertion of v/cassette into the camera [Complete]
CO2 and O2 bottle manual valve closure [Complete]
Preparation of the Biolab AAS Insert [Complete]
4K Camera Remote Setting [Complete]
Commissioning Run Experiment Container Assembly [Complete]
JAXA 4K Camera Auto Shot View Check [Complete]
ATCS Insert Installation in Biolab [Complete]
JAXA Video Downlink Termination [Complete]
Stow of Hardware for Biolab Commissioning Run [Complete]
Body Measurements (subject) [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Set up, Conduct Experiment and Closeout Ops. [Complete]
URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
BODYM – Assistance with the Experiment [Complete]
RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup [Complete]
24-hour BP Monitoring (start) [Complete]
CIR hardware teardown [Complete]
LAB ITCS MTL valve – photography and closure [Complete]
FGB instrument panel ## 1 and 2 tool and equipment audit [Complete]
JSL Cable Routing to Node 2 [Complete]
RELAKSATSIYA. Activation, Mode Selection, and Observation [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Multicast MPEG2 TVS Test via Ku-band before ??? 421 docking [Complete]
RELAKSATSIYA Data Copy and Hardware Removal [Complete]
Biological Rhythms 48 Actiwatch Preparation [Complete]
Microscope Activation and Preparation [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings [Complete]
JAXA 4K Status check in auto shoot mode [Complete]
JAXA 4K Camera Checkout Closeout [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Tritel Hardware Restart And Monitoring [Complete]
Plug-in-Plan devices audit [Complete]
URAGAN. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (???) [Complete]
Exercise data downlink [Complete]
FGB instrument panel ## 1 and 2 tool and equipment audit [Complete]
JSL Cable Routing to Node2 [Complete]
Camcorder setup to capture ??2 exercise [Complete]
4K Camera data d/l – initiation [Complete]
VZAIMODEISTVIYE Experiment Ops [Complete]
ANISO – Prep for Observation [Complete]
4K camera data d/l – termination [Complete]
Remove Video Equipment Used to Film Treadmill ??2 Exercise and Downlink the video [Complete]
REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
KTO Replace
???-? R&R
Wearing Test Of Penguin-3M Suit With Load Measuring System (???)
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
PEPS Inspection
IWIS RSU and accelerometer redeploy in JPM.
SSC 20 Reload
JAXA Report 2
Reconfigure Binocular Stowage.
Cygnus ROBOT Self Study [In Work]
Remove IV-TEPC from SM-P327 and temp stow at PMM1S3D [Complete]
Joint Station LAN (JSL) NOD1PD4 Port Map Update [Complete]
Stows loose items [Complete]
National Geographic B-Role Part 1 (Food Preparation) [Complete]
National Geographic B-Role Part 2 (Meal Time) [Complete]
National Geographic B-Role Part 3 (Countermeasures) [Complete]
Perform checkout of the AF Out setting on the Wireless Mic Receiver

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
Battery 1B2 Capacity Test [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 11/26: IP-PCDU R&R, Sprint VO2, JAXA 4K Prep
Wednesday, 11/27: NanoRacks BioRack, Sabatier Valve Check, BCAT C1, WHC Urine Receptacle & Filter R&R
Thursday, 11/28: Biolab Commissioning, Cosmo Shoot, PFE,
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) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full up

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