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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 March 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 10, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 March 2015
Samantha Cristoforetti taking images of the Earth from the International Space Station’s cupola. Credit: NASA.

Expedition 42 crew members Barry Wilmore, Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova are two days away from ending their stay aboard the International Space Station. The trio is packing gear and cleaning crew quarters as they prepare to undock in their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft Wednesday at 6:44 p.m. EDT and land in Kazakhstan at 10:07 p.m.
Check out the live NASA TV coverage schedule of Expedition 42 undocking activities

Wilmore, the commander of Expedition 42, will handover control of the orbital laboratory Tuesday to NASA astronaut Terry Virts who will command Expedition 43. The Change of Command Ceremony will take place live on NASA TV at 10:25 a.m.

Meanwhile, advanced microgravity science and laboratory maintenance is ongoing aboard the space station. Among the experiments, the crew studied body size and shape in space for suit sizing and looked at airway inflammation in astronauts. Ethernet cables were also installed in the Harmony module that will enable future commercial crew vehicles to communicate with a pair of upcoming International Docking Adapters.

Read more about the Body Measures experiment
Read more about the Airway Monitoring study

On-Orbit Status Report

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: On Saturday, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile MSS cameras and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to move the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) into position to install the spare Pump Module (PM) on External Stowage Platform (ESP) 2. SPDM Arm 2 then installed the PM on ESP2 site 1 and released it. Finally, Controllers maneuvered SPDM Arm 2 away from ESP2 and powered down the MSS. These operations completed the swap of the degraded PM and the spare PM between ESP2 and Express Logistics Carrier (ELC) 2. This swap was done to better position the spare PM for a PM Remove & Replace (R&R) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) should one be required.

Airlock Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) AL2A3B_B RPC 5 Trip: On Saturday, the RPCM AL2A3B_B RPC 5 Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) Temperature Control and Check Valve (TCCV) tripped followed by a Power On Reset (POR). All powered loads on this RPCM were temporarily lost. The upstream DC-to-DC Converter Unit (DDCU) 50 Hz data did not detect an overcurrent event. This is the common signature of a suspect RPC FET hybrid failure, as is the POR. RPC 5 was confirmed failed following an attempt to reclose the RPC. All powered Airlock RPCM AL2A3B_B loads were recovered following the trip with the exception of RPC 5. The loss of power to the CCAA TCCV prevents the ability to command control of the temperature in the Airlock when ITCS coolant is flowing through its heat exchanger. TTCV can be actuated manually by the crew, if needed, to set the temperature in the Airlock. There are spare RPCMs available to perform an R&R.

NRCSD (JEMAL): Wilmore extended the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) JEMAL slide table, monitored soft dock of the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) to the slide table capture mechanism, retracted the slide table and powered off the remote manipulator system (RMS) monitors.

Body Measures: Wilmore, acting as an operator, assisted Virts in setting up equipment to collect the calibration and body pose photographs and circumference measurements in support of the Body Measures experiment. Currently, NASA does not have sufficient in-flight anthropometric data (body measurements) to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. This study will collect anthropometric data using digital still and video imagery and a tape measure to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments (i.e., chest, waist, hip, arms, legs, etc.) of astronauts for pre, post, and in-flight conditions.

Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station 3D (DOSIS 3D): Cristoforetti collected passive Detector Packs from the Columbus Module and prepared for return on 40S. The objective of the experiment is the determination of radiation field parameters absorbed dose and dose equivalent inside the ISS with various active and passive radiation detector devices, aiming for a concise three dimensional (3D) dose distribution map of all the segments of the ISS. To achieve the three dimensional (3D) dose distribution within the ISS the Dosis 3D experiment will not only use data from their own detector systems, but also data provided by JAXA, NASA and IBMP based on their currently applied area monitoring devices.

International Docking Adapter (IDA) Ethernet Cable Install: Cristoforetti installed a Node 2 IDA Ethernet Cable IDA Wire Harness from the Node 2 Forward Endcone to the Node 2 Integrated Station LAN (ISL) Router. The new cable will provide unified data and ethernet connectivity for future visiting vehicles. The ISS Program plans to establish two docking ports on the US On-orbit Segment compatible with the International Docking System Standard (IDSS). In the future, the docking adapters will be installed onto the existing Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 and PMA3 interfaces. Each adapter will permanently convert a passive Androgynous Peripheral Attachment System (APAS) docking interface into a passive IDSS interface.

Crew Quarters (CQ) Cleaning: Wilmore cleaned his crew quarters in preparation for his departure on 40S later this week. Among other tasks, he cleaned/vacuumed intake and exhaust ducts, fans and airflow sensors.

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

PARODONT-2. Collecting Samples / r/g 8203
HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
Regeneration of ??? ?1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
Photo/TV Battery Charge Initiation
JEMAL Table Extension
Equipment Gathering per procedure
SpO2 connect swap and Airway Monitoring power up
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8041
Download Pille Dosimeter Readings / r/g 8199
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
Collecting SM and FGB Air Samples Using ??-1? Sampler r/g 8198
Installation of International Docking Adapter (IDA) Ethernet Cable
Handling ARED unsecured cables
WRS tank refill for recycling system
Airway Monitoring equipment zoomed photo
??? Air Sampling for Ammonia in SM r/g 8198
Taking measurements to test sensor performance
Crew Departure Prep
GLACIER4- absorbent replacement
?? 714 Stowage for Return / r/g 8092nu
JEMAL – Hardware Setup
AIRMON. Equipment power down
LBNP Exercise (FINAL) / r/g 8206
Installation of International Docking Adapter (IDA) Ethernet Cable in NODE2
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
IDA cable set up procedure review
JEM Airlock Slide Table Retraction from JEF side part 1
BODYM – Equipment Setup
JEMRMS RLT Laptop Deactivation
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV
Installation of International Docking Adapter (IDA) Ethernet Cable in NODE2
PTV – Charger Battery Swap
BODYM – Experiment Ops Measurements
Russian Joint Research (RJR) – Collecting Surface Samples using SSK
WRS – WRS tank refill for recycling system
Microbial Sample Collection / r/g 8201
Russian Joint Research (RJR) – ISS Microbial Air Samples
IFM – Port Crew Quarters (CQ) Cleaning
CALCIUM. Photography and Transfer of Bioecologiya cases to ?? / r/g 8197
?? 714 Return Stowage / r/g 8092
AIRMON stowage
DOS3D – Handover of Detectors to RS
International Docking Adapter (IDA) Ethernet Cable Installation
Monitoring MRM2 passive docking assembly ??? hatch sealing mechanism (???) and ??? 714 Active Docking Assembly [???] before undocking
PiP – Equipment Teardown in A/L
Terminate Photo/Video Battery Charge
Private special conference [Aborted]
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8041
MO-21 prep. Ecosfera battery charge r/g 8201
IMS Delta File Prep
Exercise data downlink / r/g 6797
Regenegation of Micropurification unit (???) ?1 cartridge (end)
Completed Task List Items

COL ET B1 Photos [Completed Saturday]
MOON1 camera startup/focus [Completed Saturday]
MOON2 experiment photo 1 [Completed Saturday]
Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

JEMRMS maneuver ops
Crew Quarters safing
Battery Set 3B3 Capacity Test [In work]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 03/10: Change of Command Ceremony, N2 Forward IDA cable install
Wednesday, 03/11: 40S undock, landing, N2 Port IDA control panel install
Thursday, 03/12: Crew off duty
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – On
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 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) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full up

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