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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 October 2017 – Kestrel Eye Satellite Deployment

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 27, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 October 2017 – Kestrel Eye Satellite Deployment
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 October 2017 - Kestrel Eye Satellite Deployment.

Today – Extravehicular Mobility Unit Loop Scrub: Today, the crew configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3003 and 3008 for loop scrubbing.
Once the scrubbing activity was complete, they reconfigured hardware and performed iodination of Ion Filters for both suits. A sample of the water was obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering. A small portion of this water sample will be used for a conductivity test onboard ISS and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.

Kestrel Eye (KE2M) Satellite Deployment: Overnight, robotics ground controllers opened the external hatch of the JEM A/L and extended the slide table to send the Kestrel Eye satellite outside of the ISS. Then, using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), they picked up the KE2M satellite, positioned it for deployment, and then deployed the satellite. During deployment, the crew captured still and video imagery from the cupola windows. NanoRacks-SMDC-Kestrel Eye IIM (NanoRacks-KE IIM) is a microsatellite carrying an optical imaging system payload, including a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) telescope. The investigation validates the concept of using microsatellites in low-Earth orbit to support critical operations. An overall goal is to demonstrate that small satellites are viable platforms for providing critical path support to operations and hosting advanced payloads.

Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight (Energy): After initiating the 11 day diet yesterday, today the subject began Day 1 of operations for the Energy investigation. The subject conducted a series of urine collections, configured the Pulmonary Function System (PFS), and performed a series of four 50-minute Oxygen Uptake Measurements (OUMs) after consuming prescribed meals. The Energy investigation measures an Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight, a crucial factor needed for sending the correct amount of the right types of food with space crews. Nine astronauts will be examined during exercise and rest cycles three months before launch, three months after arriving at space station and adapting to the space environment, and after return to Earth. Physicians will measure metabolic rates, urine content, and bone density to determine energy needs

Two Phase Flow Troubleshooting: The crew installed the Two Phase Flow experiment equipment to the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Work Volume (WV) and the Small Experiment Area (SEA) to troubleshoot a heat loss issue. The Two Phase Flow investigation seeks to build a database on the heat transfer efficiency of liquids in space that can be used in the design of high-performance thermal management systems for future space platforms.

Lighting Effects Meter Readings: The crew setup and configured the Light Meter hardware and obtained the Light Meter readings before downloading the data, and stowing the hardware. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile, Repository): A 52S crewmember completed Flight Day (FD) 30 urine sample collections that began yesterday to support the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. The samples were placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples are obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.
Space Automated Bio-product Lab (SABL) Units 2 and 3 Incubator Installations: Today the crew installed CO2 incubator controllers into SABL Units 2 and 3. These two SABL units will serve as replacements for the failed SABL units that were returned on SpaceX-12 last month. SABL supports a wide variety of experiments in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has a temperature controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and experiments. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 for cell cultures.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: The crew setup and configured the RED camera to capture video footage of Italy and Ireland to Russia. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

HRF Generic Urine Collection Male – Subject
Energy Urine Sample Collection
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
Energy PFS Instrument Check
ENERGY Double Labeled Water Intake
US Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tools Stow
Lighting Effects Light Meter Setup 1
Energy Oxygen Uptake
Lighting Effects Light Meter Readings
R/G review, locating and gathering required equipment prior to replacement of ????5-12 ??-12 cap.
EXPRESS Rack 5 Lockers 3, 4, 7, & 8 Removal
DAN. Experiment Session. Tagup with specialists
KABER Imagery Setup
Lighting Effects Light Meter Stow
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
??-2 treadmill maintenance. Tagup with specialists
Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Retrieval from MSPR
Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Setup to MSPR
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
Emergency Operations (EMER) Chip Measurement System (CMS) Battery Changeout
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
VEG-03 Plant Photo
Combined Satellite-1 Operations Review
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
RELAKSATSIYA. Hardware Setup. Tagup with specialists as necessary
??? Maintenance
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, CO2 Incubator Installation
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
Replacement of [???]1,2 air conditioning sound proofing equipment
RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment. Tagup with specialists
Combined Satellite-1 MWA Preparation
ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch
RELAKSATSIYA. Observation. Tagup with specialists
EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
MERLIN 3 Desiccant Swap
RELAKSATSIYA Closeout and hardware stow
KABER Hardware Gather
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
Progress 437 (DC1) Cargo Transfers and IMS Ops
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
IMS Update
Hematocrit equipment preparation
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, Door Open
Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test
ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner

Completed Task List Activities
Veg 03 Pillow Watering [GMT 296, 297]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
JEM A/L Operations
Standard commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 10/25: CSAT Hardware Assembly, WHC Photography, Max CEVIS, EMU Water Dump and Fill
Thursday, 10/26: OBT Emergency Simulation, BioLab Container Removal, Fluidics Install and Science Run, Personal CO2 Monitor Deploy
Friday, 10/27: 51S Emergency Drill, Plant Habitat Assembly and Install, Fundoscope, Veg 03 Consume

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”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
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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