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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 October 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 31, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 October 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 October 2013

Ice Crystal-2 Troubleshooting: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg measured the resistance of the Temperature Control Cable and Ice Cell 2 in the Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF) with a multimeter to check the conduction state prior to the reconfiguration of signal cables tomorrow.
Ice Crystal-2 operations are planned to begin the week of November 18th. JAXA’s Ice Crystal-2 investigation examines the growth rates and stability of ice crystals in supercooled water including antifreeze glycoprotein.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE)-3 Experiment: Nyberg conducted the 3rd of the new series of 12 InSPACE-3 runs. This new series uses the same test parameter settings as previous runs but with an increase in the duration from 2 hours to 6 hours. This will allow investigation of a continued chain-like aggregation phenomena observed towards the end of some of the previous shorter duration runs. InSPACE-3 studies the behavior of magnetic colloidal fluids which transition to a solid-like state with the formation and cross-linking of microstructures in the presence of a magnetic field. This technology can be used for vibration damping systems and to improve the design of structures.

Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valve (ASV) Remove and Replace (R&R): Using an onboard spare that had been recently cleaned, all three USOS crewmembers worked together in order to replace the Node 3 CDRA ASV-1. The crew also inspected three hydraflow couplings between the CDRA and Sabatier for potential water leak path into Sabatier. The problematic ASV started to transition slower than its allocated time back on GMT 181. Since then, the Node 3 CDRA has been functioning with ground specialist intervention. Following the R&R, ground teams successfully activated the Node 3 CDRA and observed nominal valve motion.

Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) Water Separator R&R: Having completed the CDRA ASV-1 R&R early, the crew elected to perform an additional in flight maintenance task today. FE-6 Parmitano and FE-3 Hopkins performed an R&R of the LAB1 Port 6 CCAA Water Separator, which had failed in July of this year. After the crew completed their activity, ground teams successfully activated the CCAA. Checkout of the unit is ongoing.

Today’s Planned Tasks

PROK – Urine ?? Test [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning [Complete]
??-8. Setup [Complete]
Body Mass Measurement [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
HRF – Centrifuge Activation and Experiment Start [Complete]
MO-8. Closeout Ops [Complete]
HRF – Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
HRF – Sample removal and centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
HRF – Blood Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
Specific EVA Procedure Review [Complete
Med Laptop Setup [Complete]
BIOME – Survey, Question 1 [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning [Complete]
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
Terminate 825?3 Battery Pack 1 charge No. 1268861162 and start charging pack 2 No. 1268861161 (00060664R, ???1???_2_221_1) [Complete]
CDRA Access [Complete]
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]
?? 709 Descent OBT and Briefing On Return Equipment List & Stowage [Complete]
Video for Roskosmos TV Studio [Complete]
MAI-75. Hardware Setup and Activation [Complete]
MAI-75. Hardware Activation and Checkout [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings [Complete]
Hand ergometry [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
CDRA Valve R&R [Complete]
Ice Crystal 2 Resistance Measurement [Complete]
Hand ergometry [Complete]
MAI-75. Hardware Activation and Checkout [Complete]
PROK – Diet and Log Sheet Photos [Complete]
Video camera GoPro HERO3 setup and Adjustment for Operation during ?? 709 Descent [Complete]
PROK – Diet Log [Complete]
Re-connect Cables on ???2 from PCE to ????? [Complete]
CDRA Closeout Ops [Complete]
??I-75. Equipment deactivation and cleanup [Complete]
PROK Diet Log (Day 2-4) [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning [Complete]
Sampling condensate water [???] upstream of ???-?2? Gas-liquid mixture filter (???) to drink bags – end [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
Consultation on GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Operation and Setup in ?? 709 [??] [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Transfer of Thermal Protection Jackets [???] from ISS to ?? 709 [Complete]
Recording of Video Greetings [Complete]
Soyuz 709 return item prepack activities[Complete]
Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Battery Recharge Terminate [Complete]
PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
PAO Event [Complete]
VZAIMODEISTVIYE. Experiment Ops [Complete]
URISYS Hardware Setup [Complete]
Tool Transfer from USOS to RS in preparation for EVA 36 [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning [Complete]
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
Task List

SM Interior Reconfig to Initial Position after Removal of PCE Box
ARED Cylinder Evacuation
Emergency Equipment Setup [Complete]
IMS Edit
KTO Replace
???-? R&R
Removing ??? Z000 Box from ISS SM
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
Crew Discretion PAO [In Work]
Cupola Photo Document [Complete]
InSPACE3 Experiment Run [Complete]
Node 1 PEPS Photo [Complete]
35S Prepack [In Work]
Crew Arrival Prep
Crew Departure Prep
Data Prep for Return
Windows on Earth Photos

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 10/30: SPINAL, 35S Thruster Test, Emergency Response Training
Thursday, 10/31: Soyuz Relocation Training, Reversible Figures Experiment
Friday, 11/01: Soyuz 35S Relocation, SPHERES RINGS Training

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 – Operate
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) – 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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