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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 March 2018

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 2, 2018
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 March 2018
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 March 2018.

Veteran NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold will head outside the International Space Station at approximately 8 a.m. EDT Thursday to begin a 6.5-hour spacewalk. Live coverage will be available on NASA Television and the agency’s website beginning at 6:30 a.m.
During Thursday’s spacewalk, Feustel and Arnold will install wireless communications antennas on the Tranquility module, replace a camera system on the port truss and remove suspect hoses from a cooling system.

This will be the 209th spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance.

On-Orbit Status Report

68 Progress (68P) Undock: 68P successfully undocked from the Docking Compartment 1 (DC-1) port this morning at 8:50 AM CDT. This Progress vehicle will conduct Non-ISS free-flight experiments from April 3 to April 24. A series of burns scheduled for Thursday March 29 and April 2 will place the vehicle into the required orbit. The deorbit burn is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25th at 11:15 PM CDT followed by atmospheric entry and destruction.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Today the crew completed final preparations for US EVA #49 – Node 3 External Wireless Communications (EWC) installation, planned for tomorrow. The crew completed Pre-EVA health exams, final EVA Tool configuration, Equipment Lock prep, EVA procedure review, and conferences with ground specialists. Estimated airlock hatch opening is 7:10 AM CDT tomorrow.

Veg-03: This morning the crew completed an audit of Veg-03 hardware in preparation for the plant harvest planned for April 6th. The crew also watered the Veg-03 plants and continued with the photo-documentation of plant growth for the investigation. Veg-03 supports the proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows. Future long duration space missions will require a fresh food supply grown in space to supplement crew diets.

Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Communication Unit (CUCU): In preparation for SpX-14 arrival, currently planned for April 4, the crew powered up and checked out the CUCU and Dragon Crew Command Panel (CCP). CUCU provides a command and telemetry communications link between ISS and Dragon during free flight operations in the vicinity of ISS.

Emergency Roles & Responsibilities Review: With the arrival of 54S, all crewmembers participated in an Emergency Roles & Responsibilities Review. Items of discussion included crew accountability, access to escape vehicles, and ISS Commander responsibilities. Due to the complex nature of emergencies in space, it is imperative each crewmember is fully familiar with the various emergency procedures and strategies in place.

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

Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
Crew Prep for PAO
Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Deactivation
TV conference with the participants of the theme-based tour Space vacation in the camp Voskhod (Ku+S-band)
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
Veggie Hardware Audit.
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
Replacement of ??2 sensor in ??2106 gas analyzer.
Removal of TV Cameras CA1, 2 and ???-302 Light Units in Soyuz 738 [CA].
PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment.
Periodic Health Status (PHS) Pre EVA Examination Setup
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops
Periodic Health Status (PHS) Pre EVA Examination
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
Pre-EVA Periodic Health Status Examination – Stow
Glacier Desiccant Swap
Checking cover closure on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.Note 5
COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
Polar Desiccant Swap
Gas-Analyzer ??2106 mode changing to operation”. Executed 2 hours after activation
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cuff Checklist Print
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit.
USOS Window Shutter Close
Radiation Area Monitors (RAM) Deployment
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops.
Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
Gathering and deployment of PILLE sensors prior to USOS EVA
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
Photography of Progress 437 Docking Assembly from SM window No.7 and 8 while undocking from DC1
VEG Series Experiment On-Board Training.
Mode DC1-Soyuz PEV to CLOSED position
VEG-03F Plant Photo
Plant Habitat Hardware Relocate
VEG-03 Dual Facility Watering for each Plant Pillow
Extravehicular Activity Station Support Computer Relocate
CEVIS Isolator Snip
Photo/TV CUCU Video Setup
Filling (separation) of ??? (???) for Elektron-VM or ???-??
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Training Session Using ???-01-? Set
??? maintenance
Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation
Maintenance Activation of Spare Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [??? ???]
ISS Crew Orientation
COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Activation
Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Crew Command Panel (CCP) Checkout
COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Crew Command Panel (CCP) Stow
Photo TV CUCU Video Deactivation

Completed Task List Activities
JAXA Report #5

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
MCA Zero Calibration
68P Undocking Support
CUCU Checkout

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 03/29: US EVA 49
Friday, 03/30: Emergency Hardware OBT, Post-EVA Ops, Veggie-03 Harvest, RockCandy Imagery, ICE Experiment Photos
Saturday, 03/31: Crew Off-Duty

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 – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Standby
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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