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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 July 2018 – Dragon Docked for Month Long Stay

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 4, 2018
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 July 2018 – Dragon Docked for Month Long Stay
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 July 2018 - Dragon Docked for Month Long Stay.

Three days after its launch from Florida, the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was installed on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station’s Harmony module at 9:52 a.m. EDT.
The 15th contracted commercial resupply mission from SpaceX (CRS-15) delivers more than 5,900 pounds of research, crew supplies and hardware to the orbiting laboratory.

Among the research arriving to the U.S. National Laboratory is the Space Algae investigation, will discuss research to select algae strains adapted to space and sequence their genomes to identify growth-related genes. Algae consume waste carbon dioxide, can provide basic nutrition and may perceive microgravity as a trigger to produce algae oils rich in antioxidants that may help mitigate the harmful effects of microgravity and cosmic radiation during spaceflight. The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the U.S. National Laboratory, is sponsoring the investigation.

A technology demonstration arriving is an observational pilot study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (CIMON) that aims to provide first insights into the effects of crew support from an artificial intelligence (AI) in terms of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space.

After Dragon spends approximately one month attached to the space station, the spacecraft will return to Earth with about 3,800 pounds of cargo and research, including an investigation to advance DNA sequencing in space and the Angiex cancer therapy investigation to improve understanding of endothelial cells that line the walls of blood vessels.

On-Orbit Status Report

SpX-15 Mission: At 5:56 AM CDT, the ISS crew used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to capture the Dragon vehicle. Ground specialists then maneuvered the spacecraft to the pre-install position where they performed an inspection of the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM). Once complete, Dragon was berthed to the Node2 Nadir port at 09:38 AM CDT and the crew completed vestibule pressurization, leak checks, vestibule outfitting, and CBM Control Panel Assembly (CPA) rotation in support of tomorrow morning’s scheduled ingress.

OA-9 Hatch Closure: The crew has completed loading all trash into the Cygnus vehicle and have closed both the Cygnus and N1 Nader hatches; in this configuration, the crew can temp-stow cargo in the N1 Deck 2 (NO1D2) area. Power and data cables to the spacecraft will remain connected, however, until closer to the planned unberth date of 15-July.

MagVector 3D: The crew exchanged a MagVector 3D sample today. A total of 12 different samples will be processed on the ISS (1 per day). ESA’s MagVector investigation supports a study of how Earth’s magnetic field interacts with an electrical conductor. Using extremely sensitive magnetic sensors placed around and above a conductor, researchers can gain insight into ways that the magnetic field influences how conductors work. This research is expected to help improve future ISS experiments and electrical experiments, and could also offer insights into how magnetic fields influence electrical conductors in general.

Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS): Today the crew transferred a MICS ampoule kit to the ISS Portable Glovebag in order to break two ampoules in each sample bag and mix the contents with a spatula. The crew then returned each sample bag to the kit bag, which will be stowed for return. A total of eight MICS sessions are planned. The MICS investigation supports the evaluation of microstructure and material properties of benchmark cement samples. Different responses to thermal and mechanical loading are expected and will be characterized in detail. Positive attributes found in the hardening process due to the microgravity environment aboard the ISS will be reported with the intent of improving Earth-based cement and concrete processing.

Space Test Program – Houston 5 (STP-H5): The crew took still photos of the Cyclops ICE experiment strips through the Cupola and Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) windows. STP-H5 is an external payload consisting of 13 individual experiments ranging from technology demonstrations to space and terrestrial weather measuring and monitoring. The experiments are provided and operated by the US Department of Defense and NASA agencies.

Biological Experiment Laboratory (BioLab): The crew performed troubleshooting steps for the Biolab Incubator Door Locking Bolt today. A previous effort to replace the bolt on June 7th was unsuccessful after the bolt threads failed to engage. The BioLab is a multiuser research facility located in the Columbus laboratory. It is used to perform space biology experiments on microorganisms, cells, tissue cultures, small plants, and small invertebrates. BioLab allows scientists to gain a better understanding of the effects of microgravity and space radiation on biological organisms.

Tropical Cyclone: The crew configured the camera settings in the Cupola to support the capture of untended images of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii.

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

Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Route and Checkout
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry
Photo TV High Definition (HD) Dragon Video Setup
USOS Window Shutter Close
MRM1 comm config to support tagup
Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
FAZOPEREKHOD. Experiment Setup and Start ops
Probiotics Fecal Sample Operations
Daily Electro-cardiogram registration (start)
Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cuopla on SSC power recording
Robotics Workstation (RWS) Dragon Configuration
ALGOMETRIA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry preparation and measurement session.
Probiotics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion
Check to see that shutters are closed on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. Note.7
24-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring (start)
Dragon R Bar Approach
Magvector 3D Sensor Array Sample Exchange
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Recovery of distiller as part of RS [???-?].
Dragon R Bar Approach
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
Nikon Camera Time Sync
Environmental Health System Grab Sample Containter (GSC) and Microbrial Air Sampler (MAS) Sampling in OA-9
Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Dragon Capture
FAZOPEREKHOD. Experiment Setup and Start ops
JEM System Laptop Terminal Reboot
Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Deactivation
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Connector Photo taking
EXPRESS Rack ELC Hard Disk Drive Swap
Biolab Incubator Door Locking Bolt Troubleshooting
Node 2 to Dragon Pressurization and Leak Check Equipment Setup
EXPRESS-1 Laptop Computer (ELC) CLS 10 load
Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
Double Coldbag Unpack Review
ALGOMETRIA. Measurements in strain-gage algometry mode
CIR. Upper Door Open
CIR. Manifold 4 – bottle changeout
Cleaning of TV System LIV voltage converter vent grille
CIR. Upper Door Close
MICRO-11 Thaw Pouch SABL Insertion
Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) Procedure Review
SABL Ice Brick Removal
??? maintenance
Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Sample Insert/Retrieve
Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) Preparation
MPCC Cable Troubleshooting
Cyclops ICE Experiment Photos
Micro 12 SABL Configuration
Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) 2 Ampoule Mix Ops
Makita drill batteries No.7, 8, 9, 10 discharge and battery No 7 charge
IMS Delta File Prep
Tropical Cyclone Operations Review
Tropical Cyclone Untended Operations
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
RADIOSKAF. Disconnecting Tanysha-YUZGU-3 small satellite from charger and connecting and Tanysha-YUZGU-4 to charger
Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
BD-2 Roller Position Check
Reconfigure Node 3 BelAir Wireless Access Point (WAP) Antennas for Checkout
Node 2 to Dragon Pressurization and Leak Check
Close the Cygnus hatch.
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
Dragon Vestibule Outfitting
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Attached Phase Operations Review
Water Recovery and Management Condensate Pumping Init
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Rad Detector Rotate
Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Deroute
Ghost camera teardown in Cupola
Water Recovery and Management Condensate Pumping Term
Node 2 Nadir Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal/Rotation
ALGOMETRIA. Measurements in strain-gage – and thermoalgometry modes Closeout Ops

Completed Task List Activities:
EPO crew message recording: School Lab Tour [Completed GMT 181]
ESA PAO Message – FIA Futures Day [Completed GMT 181]
PAO – Germany in the US Day of Unity [Completed GMT 181]
Cygnus Banner Imagery [Completed GMT 182]
WHC KTO REPLACE [Completed GMT 182]

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Dragon Capture and Berth
Dragon activation

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 07/03: Dragon Center Stack Transfer, DCB Unpack, TangoLab Card R&R, Generic Cargo Ops, ANGX Ops, RR7 Habitat Transfer.
Wednesday, 07/04: RR7 Transfer, Polar Transfer, Crew Holiday
Thursday, 07/05: ATOM Syringe R&R, EMU Loop Scrub, RR7 Transporter Stow, ANGX Microscope Ops, Dragon Cargo Ops, NanoRacks MOD9 Ops, Myotones Ops

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 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 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Idle
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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