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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 January 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 30, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 January 2015
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 January 2015.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) Install: Wilmore started the JSSOD activities by reviewing an instructional video on how to install a JSSOD to the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP).
He then extended the JEM Airlock (JEMAL) slide table into the JEM, attached the JSSOD, and proceeded to retract the slide table and close the JEMAL inner hatch. This JSSOD was delivered to ISS onboard SpaceX-5 and is scheduled for deployment next week on February 5th.

Micro-5: Virts removed the BioCell habitats from Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus-4 (CGBA-4) and inserted Flatworms Biological Research in Canisters (BRIC’s). The crew also manually changed the setpoint temperature on CGBA-4 to +12C and removed all Micro-5 hardware from CGBA-4, CGBA-6, and CGBA-5. Scan Cams were packed in CGBA-5 for return. Micro-5 investigation aims to better understand the risks of in-flight infections in space explorers during long-term space flight using the model organism Caenorhabditis elegans (roundworm) with the microbe Salmonella typhimurium (causes food poisoning in humans).

Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixtures (CSLM)-4: The sixth sample processing unit (SPU) remains in the hardware as ground teams continue to troubleshoot the processing anomalies. The fifth SPU is stowed and is available for re-processing at a later time. CSLM-4 is a materials science investigation that studies the growth and solidification processes (i.e., coarsening) in lead-tin solid-liquid mixtures that contain a small amount (low volume fraction) of tin branch-like (i.e., dendritic) structures, some of which possess many arms. During sample heating, the growth at the tip of each dendrite continues over time, whereas side branches, behind the tip, develop during constant temperature (i.e., isothermal) conditions. By understanding how temperature and time control the growth of such dendrites, researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker/Incubator (MERLIN): Cristoforetti replaced desiccant packs (eight) in the MERLIN.

Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) Status: Ground controllers powered up the laser as part of the CATS checkout procedure. The Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) investigation uses a light detection and ranging (LiDAR) system to measure the location, composition and distribution of pollution, dust, smoke, aerosols and other particulates in the atmosphere. CATS is mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module’s Exposed Facility and is used to study the atmospheric constituents that impact global climate. By gaining a better understanding of cloud and aerosol coverage, scientists can create a better model of the Earth’s climate feedback processes.

Columbus Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Maintenance: Virts removed an ITCS maintenance canister which was installed on Tuesday, 27 January. The purpose of the canister is to introduce antimicrobial agent Ortho-Phthalaldehyde (OPA) to the Columbus ITCS in order to maintain water quality.

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 Loading: Cristoforetti continued loading disposal items into ATV-5 today. ATV-5 undocking is scheduled to occur on 14 February 2015.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) LAS62B_A RPC 07 Trip: Yesterday evening, the RPC for the Lab Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Nitrogen Introduction Assembly (NIA) vent valve tripped open. Loss of power to this valve prevents ground commanded or automatic safing by depressing the Lab MTL Internal Thermal Control Systems (ITCS) loop in the case of an ITCS leak. Crew manipulation can be used as a workaround to accomplish the same depressurization. The trip had no immediate impacts since the Lab ITCS is currently operating off of the Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump. Ground teams later confirmed there was no over current condition and have reclosed the RPC. This is the same RPC that tripped open on January 21st.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are completed unless otherwise noted.

??-8. Config set-up
Calf Volume Measurement
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Body Mass Measurement
Morning Inspection
??-8. Closeout Ops
EKAM – Battery Swap (RJR)
MICRO5 – File Ops
ESA Weekly Crew Conference
Copying EXPOSE-R P/L data from ???? to RSS1
COSMOCARD. Preparation. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
SSOD – Video Review
OTKLIK. Hardware Check
Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection
PTV – Start battery charge
MERLIN Desiccant Replacement
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
??? 424 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group ?2
XF305 – Camcorder Setup
SSOD – Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform
RELAKSATSIYA. Installation of E4 lens on UV camera (???)
Polar Software Load
Study of veins in lower extremities
SSOD – Connecting Checkout Cable
Canister Removal in Columbus after ITCS Maintenance
HRF Urine Sample Collection & MELFI Insertion
Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout
Polar 2 – Hardware Setup
Maintenance Activation of Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [??? ???] from the Spare Part Kit (??1??_3_321_1, Bag II-1/256-1, ??? Cover (007223R)
MRM2 comm config to support voice comm for the experiment
Remove Ziploc bag from leaking CWC-I.
KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Experiment Ops. / r/g 7817
Maintenance activation of Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [??? ???] from the Spare Part Kit (??1??_3_321_1, Bag II-1/256-1, ??? Cover (007223R
Test activation of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [??? ???]
SSK Surface Samples
CSLM-2 – Sample Processing
Comm reconfig for nominal ops
KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data
??? 424 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 7804
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group ?2
SSOD – Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop
JEM – Airlock Slide Table Retraction
CSLM-2 – Operations with Samples
WRM Condensate Pumping Start
Food Frequency Questionnaire
HRF Urine Sample Collection
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Terminate BSA Battery Maintenance Cycle
WRM Condensate Pumping Terminate
EKAM – Battery Swap
Completed Task List Items

Dragon Cargo Ops [In work]
Ground Activities
All activities are completed unless otherwise noted.

Nominal Commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 01/30: APEX Harvest 3, EpiGenetics, Columbus ITCS water-sample, SpaceX Cargo Ops
Saturday, 01/31: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
Sunday, 02/01: Crew Day Off
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 – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Idle
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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