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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 July 2017

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 16, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 July 2017
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 July 2017.

Expedition 52 worked throughout Thursday installing new science gear to improve the research capabilities of the International Space Station. A cargo craft is also being loaded with trash and obsolete gear for disposal next week.
New network connections were installed on the main window of the Destiny lab module today. Flight Engineer Jack Fischer installed new equipment in the Window Observational Research Facility, or WORF, which hosts a variety of Earth sensing payloads to study the planet through a large window on the bottom of the Destiny Laboratory.

Peggy Whitson of NASA installed a carbon dioxide controller inside an incubator. The incubator is part of the Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL) located in Destiny. SABL enables space research that provides insights benefiting pharmaceutical, biotechnology and agricultural industries.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin is getting the Russian Progress 66 (66P) cargo craft ready to take out the trash next week. The 66P will undock July 20 from the Pirs docking compartment packed with old and discarded items and burn up harmlessly over the Pacific Ocean.

On-Orbit Status Report

Window Observational Research Facility (WORF): The crew installed the WORF Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) and WORF Shutter Actuator System (SAS) in the WORF Rack. This hardware will allow ground commanded control of the US Lab Window Shutter in support of payload operations and the new iPEHG design corrects performance limitations experienced by the older PEHG. The WORF provides a facility for Earth science remote sensing instruments. It uses the US Laboratory science window that has the highest quality optics ever flown on a human-occupied spacecraft.

Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL): The crew installed a controller for the SABL CO2 Incubator. The SABL supports a wide variety of experiments in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has a temperature controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and experiments. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 for cell cultures.

NeuroMapping: A USOS crewmember set up the Neuromapping hardware and performed tests in “strapped in” and “free floating” body configurations. During the test, the crewmember executed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to brain structure and function, motor control, or multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS.

High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filter Inspections: The crew audited the HEPA filters on June 16 and found that 8 of the 10 filters did not have required packaging. Engineering requested that the crew inspect the filters for seal debonding, seal deformation, and/or cuts/gouges that extend through the depth of the sealing surface and to verify that the cap is properly affixed to the housing. These filters were inspected by the crew today and Foreign Object Debris (FOD) was identified on the seals of some of the filters. Cleaning of the affected filters will be scheduled followed by wrapping of the filters in approved packaging for storage.

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

Reminder 1 Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Measures
Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Install
Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check.
Countermeasures System (CMS) Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) iPad Downlink
Meteor Partial Removal
JEMRMS Backup Drive System (BDS) Reconfiguration
WORF PEHG Shutter Actuator System Installation
Removal of 2 Navigation Modules from Progress 436 [AO]
ROBoT Software Startup
Environmental Health System (EHS) Acoustic Dosimeters – Data Transfer and Stow
JEMRMS Backup Controller (BUC) Power On for BDS C/O
Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
Progress 435 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
JEMRMS Backup Drive System (BDS) Checkout 2
Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Setup
JEMRMS Back Up Controller (BUC) Power Off for BDS C/O
JEMRMS Backup Drive System (BDS) Checkout cleanup
Replacement of 800? unit from position ?105, ????-2 installation, Preparation (locating devices, documentation review)
WORF Shutter Actuator System Installation Assist
Fluid Shifts Hardware Battery Installation
Measuring CO partial pressure at Central Post using CSA-CP analyzer Midday Meal
WORF PEHG Shutter Actuator System Installation
EXPRESS Rack 4 Locker Removal
TangoLab Hardware Move
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, CO2 Incubator Installation
Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (???) Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
In-flight Maintenance (IFM) Bacteria Filter Inspection
Meteor Partial Installation
Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Init
Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Video compression and Recording Unit (VRU) Activation
Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Termination
WORF Window Shutter Actuator System Calibration

Completed Task List Items
NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
WORF PEHG Shutter Actuator System Installation Support

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 07/14: Fluid Shifts, JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deplorer (SSOD) Removal, Optical Coherence Tomography
Saturday, 07/15: Housecleaning, Crew Off-Day.
Sunday, 07/16: Crew Off-Day.

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 – Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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