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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 December 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 10, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 December 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 5 December 2013

Today: Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and PROX Checkout: This morning, Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins assembled the HCP and routed power and data cables from JEM to the Cupola.
Later in the day, he worked with ground teams in order to checkout the HCP and 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.

Cygnus Robotics OBT: Hopkins and FE-6 Wakata participated in a Robotics OBT session in preparation for Cygnus Orbital 1 Mission. Utilizing an onboard simulator, the crew practiced setting up external cameras, robotic overlays, and maneuvering the SSRMS to capture the Cygnus spacecraft.

Robonaut Operations: FE-5 Mastracchio retrieved and installed Robonaut and supporting hardware on a lab seat track and connected cables to prepare for commanded operations. He powered on Robonaut in conjunction with ground commanding and verified the configuration was adequate for upcoming activities. Today’s operations included the Robonaut interfacing with a task board that has interchangeable task panels. Robonaut was developed under the Space Act Agreement between NASA and General Motors (GM) and was launched to the ISS on STS-133. Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot designed with the versatility and dexterity to manipulate hardware, exhibit greater endurance than humans and react safely when bumped or interacted with in a way that was not expected.

Today’s Planned Tasks

REACTION – Self-Reaction Test [Complete]
Setup for Robotics OBT [Complete]
Prep for ISS RS SM fan replacement with low-noise units. [Complete]
BRI Configuration File Update, Log file dump. [Complete]
Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and HCP Power/Data Cables Setup [Complete]
Regeneration of ??? ?1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
Robonaut procedure review [Complete]
SEINER. Photo Spectral System (???) Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
Replacement of ??1 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete]
Cygnus PROX Switch ON and HCP Switch ON and OFF [Complete]
JAXA Commercial Mission Setup [Complete]
MELF2 – Desiccant Removal [Complete]
Waste and Hygeine Compartment (WHC) Partial Fill [Complete]
JAXA Commercial Mission Video Taking [Complete]
Cleaning up Columbus at / around COL1F4 in preparation for HRF-1 tilting down [Complete]
HRF1 – Rack tilting down [Complete]
JAXA Commercial Closeout [Complete]
WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
Cygnus ROBoT1 OBT [Complete]
NAPOR-miniRSA. BIOS setting adjustment in ???. [Complete]
Fan screen cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401) [Complete]
Replacement of ??2 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete]
Fan screen cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 116, 316, 231, 431) [Complete]
Robotics OBT Debrief [Complete]
ROBONAUT- Camcorder Setup [Complete]
ROBONAUT – Hardware setup [Complete]
NAPOR-miniRSA. Verification of Ethernet cable connection to GbE1 ???-? [Complete]
NAPOR-miniRSA. Verification of link with ???-? [Complete]
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement [Complete]
MMU2 Memory Card Exchange. Part 2. [Complete]
??? 421 Transfers and IMS Ops [Complete]
Replacement of ??2 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM – Close out ops [Complete]
ROBONAUT System Power Up [Complete]
SEINER. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (???) [Complete]
JAXA Commercial Closeout [Complete]
Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements [Complete]
MMU2 Memory Card Exchange. Part 2 [Complete]
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHS) Pre-Treat Tank and Pre-Treat Tank Hose R&R [Complete]
TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
BCAT-C1 – Image Transfer [Complete]
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Review Procedure and gather equipment [Complete]
Tilt up the HRF1 Rack at COL1F4 [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Reconfigure Columbus stowed items displaced in preparation for HRF-1 tilting [Complete]
JAXA Commercial Mission Playback Downlink End [Complete]
Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Selfcheck for Prox C/O [Complete]
Cosmo Shoot CF Card 64GB data transfer [Complete]
Cosmo Shoot Laptop Setup [Complete]
Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Checkout for BSP-B and TRX-B before Cygnus docking [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
JRNL – Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV [Complete]
ROBONAUT System Power Down [Complete]
Robonaut Hardware Disassembly [Complete]
Exercise data downlink [Complete]
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV [Complete]
??? ?1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination) [Complete]
REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
HCP Checkout review [Complete]
KTO Replace
???-? R&R
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
FGB Dust Collector ??1, ??2 Filter Replacement
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
Troubleshooting of the Node 1 Camcorder to attempt to determine the cause of the black LCD
Cygnus ROBOT Self Study [Complete]
Consolidate EHS hardware in JPM, PMM and LAB [Complete]
Stows loose items in response to crew note on GMT 321 [Complete]
UCB Consolidation Activity
Unpack remaining 53P USOS hardware

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
PROX checkout [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 12/10: SPHERES, Cygnus HCP Checkout, HRF1 SLAMMD
Wednesday, 12/11: Airlock Reconfig prep for NORS, Cygnus Robotics OBT, CBCS Install, Spinal Ultrasounds
Thursday, 12/12: Spinal Scans, CFE, Nanoracks OBT, Aniso Tubule
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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