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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 31 March 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 1, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 31 March 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 31 March 2014

Today: X2R12.1 Software Transition: Today the ground team completed the X2R12.1 software update that was started on Saturday. All activities were successfully performed and the system is back in nominal configuration.
The X2R12.1 software update provides enhancements to the following Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM)s: External (EXT), Internal (INT), Payload (PL), Lab (LA)-3, Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR), Port Thermal Radiator (PTR), Starboard (S)1, Port (P)1. It also updates the Portable Computer System (PCS) software to version 15.1.

Salivary Markers: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Swanson set up the saliva and blood collection hardware over the weekend and collected his Flight Day 10 samples this morning. Swanson will continue to collect saliva samples throughout the week. These samples will be used to measure markers of latent viral reactivation (a global indicator of immune impairment and infection risk) in conjunction with salivary antimicrobial proteins and immune cell functional assays. This research study will help identify if there are any risks of an adverse health event in crewmembers due to an impaired immune system. Maintaining a robust immune system during prolonged spaceflight missions (i.e., to other planets or asteroids) will be important to ensure mission success. If any impairment in immunity is found due to spaceflight, this will allow the development of appropriate countermeasures to help mitigate the risks.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX-2) Operations: ISS CDR Wakata removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides which isolate the rack. This allows ground teams to start another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. 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.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (KP) Sample Installation: FE-5 Mastracchio verified the BCAT-KP set up in the JPM and then homogenized the BCAT-KP sample before setting up the camera to take automated images. BCAT-KP provides a platform for material and industrial scientists to investigate colloid phase changes, providing results that may be used to develop new colloidal materials and formulations with unique properties. The results may support new applications, from new liquid crystals to consumer goods having longer shelf life and uses.

Fundamental and Applied Studies of Emulsion Stability (FASES) Troubleshooting: On Monday, March 10th the ground attempted another FASES experiment run but was not able to control the temperature. Mastracchio conducted continuity tests on the Experiment Container (EC) pigtail connector as a part of the continued effort to troubleshoot the FASES hardware. Ground teams will review the data from the continuity test to develop a forward plan.

Emergency Mask Training and Emergency Hardware Familiarization: Today, the newly arrived crewmembers FE-1 Skvortsov, FE-2 Artemyev and FE-3 Swanson practiced donning the emergency mask. During this task, they also confirmed the ability of the crew to communicate with the ground from the Soyuz while wearing an emergency mask. The crew also completed a review of equipment locations and positions of valves used in emergencies. The familiarization was led by CDR Wakata with participation from the new crewmembers. While conducting the review, the crew translated along the emergency egress path to the Soyuz vehicles and confirmed there are no obstructions.

Today’s Planned Tasks

Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
Inspection of ??-? Connector on [???-??] separator pump behind ACY panel 139 [Complete]
SM ??? (Caution and Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls [???] [Complete]
RSS1,2 Reboot/ R/G 1009 [Complete]
Calf Volume Measurment [Complete]
HRF – Sample Collection in preparation for cold storage insertion [Complete]
??-8. Setup [Complete]
Body Mass Measurement [Complete]
HRF- Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
HRF-Crew powers on Refrigerated Centrifuge and preparation for blood collection [Complete]
HRF- Blood Collection Assistance [Complete]
Body Mass Measurement [Complete]
??-8. Cleanup [Complete]
HRF-Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
MERLIN3 – Kits Transfer [Complete]
VCA1 Camera – Focusing on FSL EC Panel [Complete]
FSL Laboratory FASES Power Cable – EC Pigtail J101 Connector Measurement Tests [Complete]
HRF – Crew removes blood tubes and powers off the Refrigerated Centrifuge [Complete]
WRS Sample Collection [Complete]
HRF- MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
HRF- Closeout Ops with the Centrifuge [Complete]
ISS Crew Orientation[Complete]
Tightening up of QD screw clamps across the ??? ?? SM – Progress 421 interface [Complete]
Auxiliary Laptop Anti-Virus Update/ R/G 5201 [Complete]
CONSTANTA. Prep and Execution Run1. Tagup with specialists/ R/G 5194 [Complete]
CWQMK – Samples Analysis [Complete]
ISS RS Atmosphere Analysis Using ??? ????-4? [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Setup, Experiment and Closeout Ops Tagup with specialists / R/G 5196 [Complete]
CONSTANTA. Experiment Photos / R/G 5195 [Complete]
??1, ??2 Dust Filters Replacement and Scrubbing of Grills of ?1, ?2 Fans in DC1 (FGB1???_4_419_1, Container of Zone 28?) [Complete]
FMK Monitor Deployment Ops [Complete]
Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations [Complete]
Air Ducts ??1 and ??2 Cleaning in DC1 [Complete]
ISS Crew Orientation [Complete]
ECG Daily registration (initiation) / R/G 5197 [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Emergency Mask Review OBT [Complete]
Exercise Data Downlink / R/G 2639
ISS Crew Orientation [Complete]
Water Analysis Using MCD [Complete]
SHD – Daily Questionnaire [Complete]
TOCA – Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis [Complete]
ICS – Comm Checkout from JEM [Complete]
ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization Drill [Complete]
54P Stowage Ops with IMS Update / R/G 5106, 5203
Journals Entry [Complete]
Photography of Batavia Lettuce Sample / R/G 5178 [Complete]
ISS Crew Orientation
BCAT – H/W Setup Check [Complete]
Preparation for Signal-VM ??-7? smoke sensor replacement. Tagup with the specialists/ R/G 5202 [Complete]
BCAT – start of sample collection [Complete]
54P Stowage Ops with IMS Update / R/G 5106, 5203
TOCA – Data Recording [Complete]
IMS Update
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
Dragon ROBOT Self Study [In work]
CMO Proficiency Training [Complete]
Roscosmos report
TK-712 Transfer
Econ photo
EHS CSACP Battery Build [Complete]
Printer Swap – SM [In Work]
IFM Failed GLA report [Complete]
T2 Cue Card print [Complete]
ARED cylinder flywheel reconfig
Cygnus pregather [In Work]
Emergency Cue Card check [Complete]
Food Warmer Setup
Glenn Harness Inspection [Complete]
HMS Med Kit Photos
NORS Prep A/L Reconfig [In work]
WHC Piping Retrieval

X2R12.1 Software transition [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 04/01: ISS Crew Handover & Orientation, Cygnus Pre-Gather, IFM UPA Shock, BASS repair part 2
Wednesday, 04/02: ISS Crew Handover & Orientation, EMU Water Sampling, RAM Install
Thursday, 04/03: Hybrid Muscle Training, CFE, PAO, Cygnus Pre-Gather
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
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) – 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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