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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 January 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 9, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 January 2015
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 January 2015.

Today: SpaceX-5 Status: Yesterday, SpaceX announced they needed additional time to work the actuator problem and officially moved the next launch attempt to Saturday, January 10th at 3:47am CST with berthing taking place on Monday, January 12th.
As a result of the slip, SpaceX unberth will move to February 10th. A delta Launch Readiness Review is scheduled to occur tomorrow.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Fault: Yesterday during a UPA process cycle, the UPA experienced a fault. Ground teams quickly analyzed associated telemetry and isolated the problem to the system’s Pressure Control Pump Assembly (PCPA). Today, the crew changed out the PCPA and the ground teams are in the process of activating the system. Meanwhile, the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) is configured to collect urine via internal tank (EDV).

Haptics-1: Wilmore set-up Haptics-1 equipment on rack front seat tracks in the Columbus for the execution of experiment protocols in a Vest body mount configuration. He then performed the seven Haptics-1 experiment protocols and transferred data to a Station Support Computer (SSC) for downlink. After the experiment, the hardware was disassembled and stowed. The objective of the Haptics-1 experiment is to execute an in-orbit engineering parameter calibration and identification for one joint of an exoskeleton haptic device and to record a set of performance measurements with crew operating force reflective controllers in micro-gravity. For this purpose, a single degree of freedom motor-unit with a handle-bar and a control computer are used to perform a set of identification experiments by astronaut crew.

Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Smartphone: Cristoforetti reviewed the SPHERES Smartphone procedures and test plan then set up the work area to activate and check out the hardware and ELC (EXPRESS Laptop Computer) before testing begins. The crew attached one Smartphone to a SPHERES and ran tests using the Smartphone’s vision based navigation to fly the Satellite inside the beacon volume as well as outside the beacon volume to specific points in the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM), Node 2, and US Lab. After the activity concluded, the crew deactivated satellites, checked and removed battery packs, powered off beacons, disconnected the laptop transmitter (LPTx) antenna, and stowed the satellites. This experiment demonstrates telerobotic operations using SPHERES and smartphone technology, assessing the capability of consumer electronics to perform vision-based navigation with the aim to reduce risk in technology development for a robotic free-flyer.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR): Virts performed CIR Rack Maintenance today. The activity had the crew remove and replace a CIR Manifold Bottle on one of four manifolds.

JAXA Clean Bench (Saibo): Wilmore performed standard maintenance to clean and disinfect the Clean Bench chambers and check the relief valves. Disinfection chamber relief valves must be cleaned and manually depressed every 6 months to prevent valve sticking.

Lab Window Inspection: Virts conducted a periodic inspection of the Lab window for contamination and damage. This inspection documents any contamination (smudges, particulates, etc.) or damage (scratches, cracks, etc.) there may be on any of the window pane surfaces. Video and photographs were taken and will be downlinked for ground teams to analyze.

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

HAP1 – Equipment Gathering & Configuration
MSPR ELT – HDD Swap and setup
SM CO measurement using CMS unit
Fungistat Treatment of Areas Behind FGB Panels
Acoustic Dosimeter Ops
Medical Laptop (MDLT) – Relocation
Elektron-VM Liquid Unit Pressurization before Activation
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
MSPR – Experiment Laptop Terminal (ELT) Setup
SPHERES – Terminate battery charge
WRS Maintenance
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
BRI Log Dump from RSS1
PROBOY. RSE1 Station Laptop Activity
PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops
Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Bottle Replacement
Photography of WIS JEM RSU B4 sensor
HAP1 – Experiment Ops
ESA Weekly Crew Conference
SPHERES – Procedure Review
PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data
LAB Window Inspection
SPHERES Crew Conference
ISS RS ODF Inventory Audit
Cleaning vent screens on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401)
Filling EDV from ATV5 WDS Tank Using Compressor
Test Set up
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
SPHERES – Crew attaches a Smartphone
CB. Clean Bench (CB) Cleanup and Valve Checkout
IMS and Stowage Conference
MRM2 comm config to support voice comm for the experiment
SPHERES – Test Setup
WRS Maintenance
Life On The Station Photo and Video
SPHERES – Closeout Ops
Completed Task List Items

ATV5 foam restow [In work]
Ground Activities
All activities have been completed unless otherwise noted.

Nominal commanding
Capacity Test for Battery Set 2B1 (scheduled overnight)
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 01/09: Replanning in progress due to SpaceX Launch Slip
Saturday, 01/10: SpaceX-5 Launch, Dragon ROBOT OBT, Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
Sunday, 01/11: Crew Day Off
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
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) – 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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