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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 February 2017

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 1, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 February 2017
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 February 2017.

Traveling about 250 miles over the south Pacific, the unpiloted Progress 66 Russian cargo ship docked at 3:30 a.m. EST to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station.

On-Orbit Status Report

66 Progress (66P) Docking: The Progress MS-05 (66P) rendezvous and docking to ISS Docking Compartment (DC)-1 nadir port was completed successfully in the automated mode. The docking capture time was 055/08:29:50 GMT (2:35 am CDT). Following hatch opening the crew transferred early unstow and US cargo items.

Rodent Research-4 (RR-4) Operations: The crew conduced a conference with ground specialists prior to tomorrow’s RR-4 transfer and operations. Tissue Regeneration-Bone Defect (RR-4) studies what prevents vertebrates such as rodents and humans from regrowing lost bone and tissue, and how the microgravity extraterrestrial condition impacts the process. Results could lead to tissue regeneration efforts in space and a better understanding of limitations of limb regrowth at wound sites.

Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) Microscope Operations: Yesterday, the five MESC BioCell Habitats were placed into Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL)1 for temperature control until CO2 incubator was installed in SABL2 and checked out. Early today the BioCell habitats were moved to SABL2. Shortly after the transfer, ground teams noticed that SABL2 had slightly higher CO2 levels. The calibration constants were updated and SABL2 is now operating within nominal limits. The crew has transferred the BioCells to the microscope to image the cells and capture points of interest to payload developers. Once imaging was completed the BioCell habitats were returned to SABL2. MESC will aid researches determine the efficiency of using a microgravity environment to accelerate expansion (replication) of stem cells for use in terrestrial clinical trials for treatment of disease.

SpaceX-10 (SpX-10) Dragon Cargo Operations: Today, the crew continued unpacking the vehicle and stowing items on ISS. They completed approximately 4.75 hours of cargo operations this morning.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Today, Ground Controllers will configure the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) for external Dragon cargo operations. They will unstow Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and setup for Space Test Program-H5 (STP-H5) extraction from the Dragon trunk. They also will perform a Dragon Trunk Camera checkout and Dragon Trunk cargo survey.

Ku-Band Telemetry Loss – The Joint Station Lan 2 (JSL2) forward and return links were lost this morning. Ground teams attempted to power cycle the Network (N2) Card twice with no joy, which lead to the conclusion that the Ku Communications Unit 1 (KCU1) could not be commanded. Extended telemetry was lost as well. The ground was still receiving video and Space to Ground (S/G) audio downlinks 3 and 4, however they were unable to make any changes to them. The entire Integrated Communications Unit (ICU) was power cycled. Ku Communications Unit 1 (KCU1) was restored and is working nominally and Ku-Band functionality, including video and voice, was restored. However the Ku IP services through JSL2 were not recovered and Payload Developers (PDs) reported they were unable to send commands. The JSL2 forward link issue appears to be ground based and teams are still evaluating.

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

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Preparation for Progress 435 Docking
MICROVIR. Thermostat Activation at +4 deg ?
Progress 435 Docking to DC1
Activation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Monitoring Equipment.
Activation of mpeg2 multicast video recording mode
Closing Applications and Downlink MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
Micrgravity Expanded Stem Cells BioCell Habitat Relocation
Auxin Transport Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Preparation
Cargo Transfer from/to Dragon
Progress 435 and DC1 Interface Leak Check
Rodent Research Transfer Review
RODENT RESEARCH. Transfer Ops Review
Restow Node 2 Nadir Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK) and Dragon Duct
DC-?? Transfer Hatch Opening
Opening of Progress-[??] Transfer Hatch
Installation of Quick-Release Screw Clamps on DC1 side
Progress 435 Air Sampling Using ??-1? Analyzer
Progress 435 Deactivation, Air Duct Installation
Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
Photography of traces left by the Active Docking Mechanism Probe on the DC1 Passive Mechanism Receiving Cone
On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon Emergency Review
Glacier Dragon Uninstall, Transfer, and EXPRESS Rack Install
Progress 435 (DC1) Crititcal, Priority, and US Cargo Transfers and IMS Ops
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Polar Dragon Uninstall, Transfer, and EXPRESS Rack Install
On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon Emergency Review
Micrgravity Expanded Stem Cells Microscope Ops
REGENERATSIYA-1. Hardware transfer and setup
Transfer of Konyugatsiya, Produtsent, Bioplenka from Progress and Setup in Thermostat at +4 deg C
Transfer of CO2 Filter Units (??) from Progress 435
REGENERATSIYA-1. Photography at Setup Location
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus Setup
P/L Photo after Setup in thermostat at +4 deg C
ASEPTIC. Hardware Transfer from Progress to FGB
Replacement of ??2 Filter Unit (??) ??0501 Install CO2 Filter Unit No.181 (00070065R). Discard the removed unit. Reflect changes in IMS
PAO Preparation
PROBIOVIT. Progress Transfer Ops
Downlink photo information of the docking mechanism internal surface (via OCA)
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
MICROVIR. Hardware Transfer from Progress to MRM1
MICROVIR. Removal of Cassette-M No.2-1 and No.2-2 from the kit and deployment on panel
PROBIOVIT. Photography of Probiovit kits No.3, No.4 at setup locations
Delta file prep
Microgravity Expanded Stem Cell MELFI Insertion 6
Rodent Research Crew Conference
Microscope Hardware Temporary Stowage
Rodent Research Gather 2
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
Daily Planning Conference
Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check.
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Deploy
Dragon Cargo Operations Conference

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.
MT Translate
Robotics Operations

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 02/25: RR-4 transfer, Micrgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) Microscope Ops, APEX-04
Sunday, 02/26: MESC, Crew Off Duty
Monday, 02/27: T2 6 Month Maintenance, CDRA Procedure Review and Tool Gather, MESC

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Standby
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 -Full Up

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