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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 October 2020 – Robo-Pro Checkout

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 11, 2020
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 October 2020 –  Robo-Pro Checkout
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 2 October 2020 - Robo-Pro Checkout.

Today: Payloads – Echo Hard Drive Install: In support of Echo software update activities, the crew connected the Echo external hard drive and USB cable to SSC 11 (Station Support Computer-11).
Following this, files will be transferred to the hard drive via ground commanding. Echo is a tele-operated ultrasound system, equipped with motorized probes that are controlled by flight controllers on the ground.

Payload NAS (Network Attached Storage) Vent Clean: As a routine maintenance activity, the crew performed a cleaning of the vents on the PL NAS system. This is performed in order to prevent automatic shutdown of the unit due to inadequate airflow and resulting higher heat levels. The Payload NAS is a file server with five hard drive bays that provides a total of twenty terabytes of raw disk space when used with four terabyte hard drives. Among other capabilities, the PL NAS supports user file transfers from their machine via web browser, and allows onboard ISS systems to access a shared folder location on the NAS.

Robo-Pro Checkout: As a continuation of the preparation and checkout for the upcoming Robo-Pro Challenge, Astrobee movement related to set point 1, set point 2, and other tags/targets was tested. The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Robo-Pro Challenge), also known as Kibo-RPC or Robo-Pro, allows students to create programs to control Astrobee, a free-flying robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This opportunity provides hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in space and inspires the next generation of explorers. This activity is based on Japan-U.S. cooperation through the Japan-US Open platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3).


Cygnus Arrival Preparations: Today, the ISS crew calibrated the external cameras utilized by the Robotic Work Station (RWS) video overlays in preparation for Cygnus vehicle capture. The crew also relocated two Space Station Computers (SSC)s and cables that provide command redundancy during NG-14 rendezvous operations. Currently, the Cygnus Northrop Grumman (NG)-14 vehicle is scheduled to launch this evening at 8:16 pm CT and arrive to the ISS on October 5th. Last night’s launch attempt was scrubbed due to an issue with ground support equipment at the launch pad that has since been resolved.

Cygnus Cargo Review & Conference: In preparation for NG-14 arrival, the crew reviewed cargo ops products prior to a cargo conference with ground specialists. The conference is an opportunity to discuss a high-level overview of the required cargo transfer associated with the vehicle. Cygnus capture and berthing is planned for October 5th, with an ISS/Cygnus rendezvous time of 4:20 am CT.

Cygnus On-Board Training (OBT): The crew spent their morning participating in a robotics OBT session in preparation for NG-14. Today’s session was the second in a series of Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) sessions designed to help the crew maintain their training proficiency. The ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback.

Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis & Data Record: Crew performed an analysis of the water processing assembly (WPA) using the TOCA. The TOCA unit oxidizes organic carbon species present in the water to carbon dioxide gas and measures the concentration using nondispersive infrared spectroscopy. Analysis of the potable water using the TOCA occurs on a weekly basis.

Completed Task List Activities:

Crew Quarters Vent Clear
Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Astrobee Operations
Node 3 MCA Unpower
ETVCG Light Troubleshooting per CHIT 19033 (on-going)
Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 10/3 (GMT 277)

Astrobee Off

Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 10/4 (GMT 278)

No Utilization Activities

Crew Off Duty
Monday, 10/5 (GMT 279)

EarthKAM Shutdown/Stow

Robotics Workstation (RWS) Configuration
Cygnus R-BAR Approach
SSRMS Cygnus Capture
Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
Node 1 Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Removal
Vestibule Outfitting
Cygnus Ingress
Cygnus Cargo Photo
Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

ISS Crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
Robot Programming Challenge Crew Minimal Setup
??? (Universal Bioengineering Thermostat). Checking ???-? No.07 thermostat temperature and unobstructed area near ???-? inlet/outlet vents
Setup GoPro cameras prior to [??]-??? hatch closure in SM
Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (???) ?1 Cartridge (start)
Collecting surface samples from FGB equipment and structures
[??-???] Hatch Closure
Software Update No.2 on RS1, RS2 laptops at Central Post in SM
Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
Cygnus Capture Review
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
Robotics Work Station (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Checkout
Overlay Camera Calibration
Echo External Hard Disk connection to SSC 11
Cygnus Vestibule Pressurization, and Ingress Big Picture Words
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis & Data Record
Robot Programming Challenge Crew Minimal Closeout
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Node 1 Camcorder Towards Airlock
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
PCS Laptop Relocates
Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Vent Cleaning
Space Station Computer Relocate
[??]-??? Hatch Opening
GoPro camera closeout ops post [??]-??? hatch open in SM
SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment

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