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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 October 2020 – Station Maintenance

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 30, 2020
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 October 2020 – Station Maintenance
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 October 2020 - Station Maintenance.

It is back to work for three Expedition 64 crewmates today following a day of rest on Thursday.
The trio is ramping up space research while continuing the upkeep of the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins began her day replacing batteries in devices that detect smoke and compounds in the station’s atmosphere. She then serviced a variety of research hardware including Spectrum which images proteins in fluorescent light. Rubins then worked on a device that applies a known force to a crew member and uses the resulting acceleration to calculate an astronaut’s mass in microgravity.

Station Commander Sergey Ryzhikov had a light duty day Friday. The two-time resident of the orbiting lab spent some time dusting and cleaning crew quarters before replacing components in the Russian toilet.

First-time space flyer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov inspected Russian hardware today including a food warmer and an onboard control system. The cosmonaut Flight Engineer also configured a pair of laptop computers with assistance from mission specialists on the ground.

On-Orbit Status Report


SPECTRUM Plate Remove: The crew powered off the SPECTRUM facility, opened the SPECTRUM facility access door and removed and trashed the SPECTRUM-001 plant growth plates. The goal of the session was to check out the SPECTRUM facility capabilities with a plant growth plate inserted. Although some network difficulties were experienced, the SPECTRUM team was able to successfully check out the facility. Spectrum takes fluorescent images of biological specimens contained within a controlled environment. A high resolution, monochrome camera captures images of fluoresced proteins of plants within Petri plates. Ground crews control the growth lighting, CO2 levels, and ethylene levels within the Spectrum’s research chamber over a typical 12-day growth period while routinely capturing images and telemetering these images back to Earth.

Turbine-Ceramic Manufacturing (T-CMM) Module: The crew installed the T-CMM and related cables into its EXPRESS rack location and took photos of the installed hardware. Turbine CMM demonstrates manufacture of single-piece turbine blade/disk combinations (blisks) in microgravity for commercial use. Manufacturing blisks in space could produce parts with lower mass, lower residual stress, and higher strength than those made on Earth due to greatly reduced sedimentation of the solution in microgravity.


Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintenance: The crew replaced battery packs in all six deployed CSA-CPs and zero calibrate all units. The CSA-CPs provide real-time readings following a combustion event and subsequent clean-up efforts. The CSA-CP is also used for continuous monitoring of carbon monoxide levels in the ISS

Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD): The crew set up the SLAMMD equipment and then conducted mass measurement runs for five cargo bags of varying mass and size. The use of SLAMMD is intended to provide an accurate means of determining the on-orbit mass of humans or cargo items.

Completed Task List Activities:

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

JEMRMS Handhold Exp Platform at SPB Retrieval
SPDM RRM3 Tech Demo
Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 10/24 (GMT 298)

Standard Measures

Crew off duty day
Sunday, 10/25 (GMT 299)

No utilization activities

Crew off duty day
Monday, 10/26 (GMT 300)

Plant Habitat H2O Fill
ExHAM#1 exchange item gather and OBT

PWD Filter R&R
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

KORREKTSIYA. Clearing Actimeter memory. Accelerometry start
Video Recording of Greetings
Deinstallation and inspection of electric food warmer No.10337312.
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintenance
SM Onboard Equipment Control System (????) inspection for damage.
Crew Quarters Intermediate Cleaning
ISS HAM Kenwood Radio Power Up
Food Physiology MELFI Sample Transfer
Food Acceptability Survey
Turbine-Ceramic Manufacturing Module (T-CMM) Facility Installation
Spectrum Plate Removal
Replacing [E-K] pre-treat container and hose in the toilet [???]
SLAMMD Hardware Review Body Mass Measurement
??? maintenance
Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD) Operations
Reconfigure SSC1 and SSC3 laptops for nominal operation using Ethernet after personal accounts have been setup by MCC-H specialists
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
Glacier Desiccant Swap
Standard Measures Pre-sleep Questionnaire
KORREKTSIYA. Accelerometry termination
Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
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