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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 February 2018 – Spacewalk a Success

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
February 20, 2018
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 February 2018 – Spacewalk a Success
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 February 2018 - Spacewalk a Success.

Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei of NASA and Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have completed a spacewalk lasting 5 hours and 57 minutes.
The two astronauts concluded their spacewalk at 12:57 p.m. EST with the repressurization of the Quest airlock.

The spacewalkers moved two Latching End Effector (LEE), or hands, for the Canadian-built robotic arm, Canadarm2. They moved one to a long-term storage location for future use as a spare part and brought the other inside the space station to be returned to Earth. It will be refurbished and later relaunched to the orbiting laboratory as a spare.

Running well ahead of the timeline, the two spacewalkers also conducted a number of get ahead tasks, including the lubrication of the inside of the LEE installed on the International Space Station’s robotic arm during the Jan. 23 spacewalk. They also positioned an interface tool for the Canadian Space Agency’s robotic handyman Dextre, installed a grounding strap on a component of the LEE positioned on one end of the robotic arm, and adjusted a strut on a component on one of the station’s spare parts platforms. That component is a flex hose rotary coupler that transfers liquid ammonia across a connecting point on the station’s backbone to provide cooling for its systems.

It was the 208th spacewalk in support of International Space Station assembly and maintenance, the fourth in Vande Hei’s career, and the first for Kanai, who became the fourth Japanese astronaut to walk in space.

On-Orbit Status Report

USOS Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) #48: Today, Mark Vande Hei (as EV1) and Norishige Kanai (as EV2) performed USOS EVA #48 with a Phased Elapsed Time (PET) of 5:57. The primary goal of today’s EVA was to remove and replace the Payload ORU Accommodation (POA) Latching End Effector (LEE). The LEE formerly occupying the POA was brought inside ISS via the Joint Airlock while the LEE previously on the External Stowage Platform (ESP)-2 Flight Support Equipment (FSE) was relocated to the POA. The crew also performed the following get-ahead tasks: LEE Lube, Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT) Deploy, Force Movement Sensor (FMS) Grounding Strap Install, and Flex Hose Rotary Coupler (FHRC) Strut Correction.

Veg-03 Initiation: The crew continued to perform Veg-03 operations by thinning the plants to one plant per pillow and adding water to the small plant pillows. The overall goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows. Future long-duration missions into the solar system, finally culminating on Mars, will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which means growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments, but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and International Space Station made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the new Veggie hardware, which crew members will soon use to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables in space.

Space Headaches: The crew completed the weekly questionnaire for the ESA Space Headaches investigation. The Space Headaches investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
BIOPLENKA. Activation of Cryogem-03 at +37°С setting
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
PRODUTSENT. Moding ТБУ-В thermostat No.02 at to +29°С
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
Internal Audio Subsystem (IAS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Communication Configuration
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Setup
Actiwatch Spectrum Watch Doff – Subject
EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Verify off
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
MICROVIR. Photography of Cassette-M No.4-1, No.4-2 upper cells. Squeezing out and photography of bottom cells
Monitoring shutter closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
ISS Crew departure preparation
PRODUTSENT. Removal of from ТБУ-В No.05 (+4°С) and transfer to ТБУ-В No.02 (+29°С)
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge
BIOPLENKA. Fixation of Constanta No.5-1 cassette biofilm and setup in ТБУ-В No.05. Insertion of Constanta kit for incubation into Cryogem-03
PRODUTSENT. Photography of Bioekologiya case setup in ТБУ-В No.02
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
СОЖ maintenance
Extra-Vehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise Prebreathe
MICROVIR. Photography of Cassette-M No. 4-1, No.4-2 lower cells
Crewlock Depress
Crewlock Post Depress
Crewlock Egress
Reconnecting SM KURS-P cables from DC1 Antenna Feeder to MRM2 port Antenna Feeder and photo of connection site
Remove CLA
POA (Payload ORU Accommodation) LEE (Latching End Effector) Removal
Inventory Management System (IMS) conference
POA (Payload ORU Accommodation) LEE (Latching End Effector) Transfer to Airlock
Degraded LEE (Latching End Effector) Retrieval from Temp Stow Ring
Soyuz 737 Kazbek Fit Check
Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal via Soyuz
LEE (Latching End Effector) Install on POA (Payload ORU Accommodation)
US priority cargo transfers from Progress 438 [AO] and IMS Ops
Bringing ODF up to date using Progress 438 delivered files
CLA Installation
SSRMS Cleanup
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Get Ahead Tasks
Evening work prep, ТБУ- В No.5 Current Temperature Check
Crewlock Ingress
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
Retrieve Deerskin Gloves
EVA Glove Photo Setup
VEG-03E Plant Pillow Water
Crewlock Repress
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
Extravehicular Activity PGT Battery Removal
Internal Audio Subsystem (IAS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Communication Deconfiguration
Actiwatch Spectrum Watch Don – Subject
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Glove Photo Downlink
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
BIOPLENKA. Removal of Samples from thermostat, fixation of biofilm in Constanta cassette No.5-2
Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly
Cupola Window Shutter 4 Close
LEE Crewlock Tether
BIOPLENKA. Photography during the Insertion into thermostat
ISS HAM Radio Power Up

Completed Task List Activities
Wanted Poster – MDM Chassis Fastener Kit

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
EVA support
Standard Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 02/17: VEG-03, post-EVA activities, ISS-HAM, Post-EVA Debrief
Sunday, 02/18: VEG-03, Circadian Rhythms, Lighting Effects, Crew Off Duty
Monday, 02/19: USOS Holiday, VEG-03, Lighting Effects

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”) – Off
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) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 -Off

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