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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 June 2019 – RED-EYE Microsatellite Deployed

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 1, 2019
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 June 2019 – RED-EYE Microsatellite Deployed
At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 60 crewmembers (from left) Drew Morgan of NASA, Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency pose for pictures June 27 during the final day of their qualification exams. They will launch on July 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft for a mission to the International Space Station. Credit: NASA/Beth Weissinger.

A satellite deployer ejected a CubeSat into Earth orbit last night from outside the International Space Station’s Kibo laboratory module. Today, the three Expedition 60 crewmembers explored microgravity’s effect on humans and plants to support longer spaceflight missions.
The RED-EYE microsatellite is orbiting Earth today to demonstrate satellite communications and attitude control technologies. NASA Flight Engineer Nick Hague installed the satellite inside Kibo’s airlock last week for a safe deployment outside the orbiting lab. The SpaceX Dragon resupply ship delivered the CubeSat to the station May 6.

Hague is readying more CubeSats today for deployment later next week outside Kibo. They will orbit Earth demonstrating space tasks such as weather observations, satellite maneuvers and Earth photography. Students and engineers from around the world designed the series of seven microsatellites.

NASA astronaut Christina Koch watered plants growing inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory module for the Veg-04 space gardening study. Afterward, she replaced fuel bottles to support flame and fuel research in the U.S. Destiny laboratory module’s Combustion Integrated Rack.

Commander Alexey Ovchinin spent Friday morning exploring tools and techniques future cosmonauts could use when controlling a spacecraft or a robot on a planetary surface. The two-time station resident then spent the afternoon working on life support systems and plumbing tasks in the station’s Russian segment.

Back on Earth, two veteran station crewmembers and a first-time space-flyer are wrapping up tests in Russia to certify for their July 20 launch to the orbiting lab. NASA astronaut Andrew Morgan is in final mission training with experienced space residents Luca Parmitano of the European Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos. The trio will liftoff aboard the Soyuz MS-13 crew ship from Kazakhstan 50 years to the day when Neil Armstrong first stepped on the Moon.

On-Orbit Status Report

NRCSD (NanoRacks External Cygnus CubeSat Deployer): The crew reviewed procedures for the upcoming NRCSD-16 installation currently planned for next week. The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer is a stackable, modular, ground loaded launch case. Each NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer accommodates up to eight launch cases. The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer meets the growing demand to deploy CubeSat format satellites from the ISS for a variety of customers.

RED-EYE Satellite: The RED-EYE program develops and demonstrates technologies which increase the utility of low-cost microsatellites. RED-EYE is a satellite designed for ISS deployment via the Kaber Micro Satellite Deployer using Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). Following yesterday’s successful deployment of the RED-EYE satellite, today’s activities included JEM Airlock Slide Table extension and return of the Kaber Deployer into the JEM. Once inside ISS, the Kaber Deployer was removed from the Slide Table and stowed by the crew.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Jumper Installation: The crew completed Node 1 SSRMS jumper routing and installation activity. This jumper can be used in a contingency power loss scenario to regain power to the SSRMS and other external loads.

Completed Task List Activities:
Spare tool reconfiguration
ISS Experience SSD checkout
JLP PMM consolidate

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Payload ops support
JEMAL slide table ops
SSRMS jumper install support

Look Ahead:
Saturday, 6/29 (GMT 180)

ActiWatch Spectrum swaps (NASA)
VEG-04 chk and Mass Measurements (NASA)

Crew off duty; housekeeping

Sunday, 6/30 (GMT 181)

VEG-04 chk and Mass Measurements (NASA)
Food Acceptability (NASA)

Crew off duty

Monday, 7/1 (GMT 182)

VEG-04 chk and Mass Measurements and OBT (NASA)
NanoRacks Cubesat Deployer Mission 16 Install (EntrySat, IOD-1 GEMS, KRAKsat, Swiatowid, VVC) (NASA)
GLACIER rack relocate (NASA)

WRS hardware gather
WPA MF bed reconfiguration
T2, WRS rack prep

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

Lighting Effects Cognition Test 1 HRF PC 1
Inventory Management System (IMS) conference
JEM Airlock Press
[???-?-1?] Training Harness IMS Audit on the RS
NREP XF305 Video Setup
JEM Airlock Leak Check
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
PILOT-T. Preparation for Experiment
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
A/L Adapter Plate (JCAP) and NanoRacks Kaber Plate (STEP) Removal
MPEP and Passive Capture Mechanism Installation to JEM Airlock Slide Table
MPEP Installation to JEM Airlock Slide Table Support
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
VEG-04 Water Check and Mass Measurement Device Operations
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Open
Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #2 Bottle Replacement
Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Close
Lighting Effects Cognition Test 2 HRF PC 1
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
EML Gas Valves Closing
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygeine Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) and Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace
Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group ?
NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Installation Procedure Review
NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Hardware Gather
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
Progress 441 Water Tank 2 [??2] Bladder Compression
Port Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Jumper Routing
Private Special Conference (PSC)
Lighting Effects Cognition Test 3 HRF PC 1
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) Oxygen Manual Valve Open
VEG-04 Mass Measurement Device Calibration
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry

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