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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 15 February 2018 – Spacewalk Set for Tomorrow

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
February 16, 2018
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 15 February 2018 – Spacewalk Set for Tomorrow
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei is pictured during a spacewalk that took place Jan. 23, 2018, to begin maintenance work on the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Credit: NASA.

The Expedition 54 crew is getting ready for a spacewalk Friday morning and beginning the work to unload a newly-arrived cargo delivery.
Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Norishige Kanai are completing their spacewalk reviews and readying their spacesuits and tools ahead of Friday morning’s excursion. The duo is scheduled to turn their spacesuits batteries on to internal power at 7:10 a.m. EST signifying the start of a planned six and a half hour spacewalk.

The spacewalkers will complete the transfer of a pair of older robotic hands, or Latching End Effectors (LEEs), that were once attached to the Canadarm2 robotic arm. One LEE will be transferred inside the Quest airlock while the other will be attached to the mobile base system. NASA TV will start its live coverage of the spacewalk activities beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin and Anton Shkaplerov opened the hatch to a new Progress cargo craft that arrived today at 5:38 a.m. The duo will start the work to offload a little over three tons of food, fuel and supplies from the resupply ship that will stay docked to the Zvezda service module until March.

On-Orbit Status Report

69 Progress (69P) Docking: This morning the 69P vehicle docked to the SM aft port of the ISS. Rendezvous and docking both completed successfully in the automated mode with a preliminary docking capture time of 4:38:43 AM CST.

Lighting Effects: Upon wakeup, a 53S subject provided a daily sleep log entry to track his sleep patterns and wakefulness. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target (EIISS): Using the RED camera, the crew captured images of the Caribbean and the Baja Peninsula. EIISS is used to support creation of a series of videos showcasing Earth views taken from space. The videos are taken with cameras on the ISS in 6K hi-resolution and are integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation: Today the USOS Crew completed final Equipment Lock configuration and tool checks in preparation for Friday’s EVA. Detailed reviews of Cuff Checklists, the EVA Briefing Package, Detailed Timeline, Tool Configuration Summary, Sharp Edge Briefing, and SSU Systems Briefing Package completed EVA preparation. Scheduled egress from the Joint Airlock is tomorrow morning at 6:10 AM CST.

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

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
USOS Window Shutter Close
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection
Gathering and deployment of PILLE sensors prior to USOS EVA
Monitoring shutter closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. Note 5
MРEG2 Downlink Test via Ku-band
Preparation for Progress 438 Docking
Progress 438 docking to the SM Aft. Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops after Docking
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation
Activation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Monitoring Equipment.
Progress 438 docking to SM Aft
Activation of MPEG2 multicast video recording mode.
Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation
Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
RED Camera Setup.
СОЖ maintenance
Progress 438 and SM Aft Interface Leak Check
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit.
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
ПрК-СУ Hatch Opening
Opening of Progress-[СУ] Hatch
Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side
Air sample collection in Progress using АК-1М adsorber after docking
Progress 438, Air Duct Installation
Earth Imagery from ISS RED Target Operations
Microbial Tracking-2 Saliva Setup
Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
De-installing Progress 438 [АО] docking mechanism (Connectors XF9L, XF10L, XF11L, XF64L – de-mate only) Installation of two hatch tools on the front surface of Progress 438 hatch
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cuff Checklist Print
MELFI 2 Ice Brick Insert 6
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
Progress 438 [AO] Transfers and IMS Ops
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
Transfer of Konyugatsiya, Produtsent, Bioplenka from Progress 438 and Setup in Thermostat at +4°С
Atmospheric Control System (ACS) Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Oxygen Transfer to Low Pressure O2 Tank
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup
POLIGEN. Hardware transfer and setup
RED Camera Deactivation.
POLIGEN. Photography of Kits at Exposure Locations
MICROVIR. Hardware transfer from Progress 438
MICROVIR. Photography of Cassette-M No.4-1, 4-2. Setup of Cassette-M No.4-1 on the panel and Cassette-M No.4-2- 4-4 in ТБУ-В

Completed Task List Activities
PMM SSLA Installation

Ground Activities
All activities completed unless otherwise noted.
Progress docking
Standard Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 02/16: USOS EVA #48 (swap POA LEE with ESP2 degraded LEE, return POA LEE to airlock, CLA swap, FMS grounding strap install)
Saturday, 02/17: VEG-03, post-EVA activities, MT-2, ISS-HAM, Post-EVA Debrief
Sunday, 02/18: MT-2, Lighting Effects, Crew Off Duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
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 – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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