Space Stations

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 October 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 9, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 October 2014
European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst, Expedition 41 flight engineer, uses a digital still camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as work continues on the International Space Station. Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the space station and a bright sun. During the six-hour, 13-minute spacewalk, Gerst and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman (out of frame), flight engineer, worked outside the space station's Quest airlock relocating a failed cooling pump to external stowage and installing gear that provides back up power to external robotics equipment. Credit: NASA.

Today: Nanoracks Module-9: Gerst continued with Module-9 operations which began in Increment 40. This is the 3rd of 5 module-9 sessions. Today’s activities included deactivating and shaking designated mixture tubes.
This 3rd session is performed 14 days before SpaceX-4 unberth. Module-9 is a collection of student research projects utilizing the NanoRacks Mixsticks.The NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science Education investigation results from a commercial Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of 19 different science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the International Space Station (ISS).

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Activities: Wiseman, Gerst, and Wilmore participated in a post-EVA debrief with ground specialists to discuss how the EVA went yesterday. Gerst and Wiseman also performed a post-EVA medical assessment. In addition, Wiseman and Wilmore reviewed procedures with a follow-on review with ground specialists in preparation for EVA 28, which is scheduled on October 15, 2014 to change out the Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) 3A.

Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and PROX Checkout: Today, Gerst assembled the HCP and worked with ground teams in order to checkout string “B” of the Proximity Communications System (PROX). PROX is a wireless communications system that enables direct communications between the Cygnus spacecraft and ISS. Utilizing the HCP, ISS Crew has the ability to send commands for Cygnus to retreat to 30m or 100m below ISS, hold approach, free drift, or abort during its final approach to the ISS. Cygnus Launch Commit Criteria Flight Rules require verification of two fully functional ISS PROX equipment strings prior to launch. PROX String “A” will be checked out tomorrow.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Upper Stop Cable Change Out: Wilmore completed a change out of the ARED left upper stop cable, which was reported as failed on Monday, 06 October. ARED has been cleared for nominal exercise operations.

ATV5 Reboost: Today, an ISS reboost using Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 thrusters was successfully completed. This reboost sets up phasing for Progress 57 4-orbit rendezvous, currently scheduled to occur on October 29th. In addition, the reboost cleared the ISS from a potential conjunction.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Closing window shutters No. 6,8,9,12,13,14
Locating equipment and tools for EVA 40
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
PILLE dosimeter readings after USOS EVA-27
MRM1 Fan Screen Cleaning (Group B)
???423 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
Counter Measures System (CMS) Harmful Contaminant Measurements in SM
HAM Radio Session
Cygnus – Reviewing Cygnus PROX C/O scripts
Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and HCP Power/Data Cables Setup
Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Evaluation Setup
Cygnus PROX and ??? Power Activation
Replacement of ???-? in ???-?2?
Post-EVA crew health status
Urine Transfer from EDV-U to ??? 423 (DC1) Rodnik ??2
Mating ???-? telemetry connectors to ???
Replacement of ???-? in ???-?2? and its checkout.
Crew EVA Debrief
Preparation of Spacesuit Replaceable Elements, Service and Personal Gear.
??1-4 Dust Filter Cartridge Replacement in SM (???1???_4_419_1, Zone 28? enclosure.
Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Frequency Questionnaire
Start EMU Battery Charge
Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
EVA Procedure Review
Start BSA Battery Charge
Cygnus – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Selfcheck
IMS Delta File Prep
Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Checkout for BSP-B and TRX-B before Cygnus docking
EVA Procedure Conference
EMU Water Refill
EMU adjustment
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop
Rodent Research (RR) – Water Box Check
(HRF): Stowage of Generic Frozen Blood Collection
NANO – Activation and shaking the Tubes
D2XS Battery Charge. Battery charges for 3 hours. Total of 3 batteries must be charged
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
Completed Task List Items

ISS Crew Handover [In Work]
Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

PROX Activation and Checkout
ETVCG 13 Light Checkout [Scheduled later this evening]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 10/09: EVA Tool Config, Emergency OBT, Rodent Research Tool Gather, Cardio Ox Ultrasound
Friday, 10/10: Zebra Fish Water Maintenance, EVA Doug and Procedure Review, Rodent Research
Saturday, 10/11: Crew Off Duty, EVA Tool config
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 – Stop
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full up

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