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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 December 2019 – SpaceX Cargo Delivery Upcoming

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 4, 2019
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 December 2019 – SpaceX Cargo Delivery Upcoming
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 December 2019 - SpaceX Cargo Delivery Upcoming.

The Expedition 61 crew aboard the International Space Station is focusing on a pair of upcoming cargo deliveries after completing a spacewalk on Monday.
SpaceX will launch its 19th Dragon resupply ship aboard a Falcon 9 rocket on Wednesday at 12:51 p.m. EST from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Dragon is delivering nearly three tons of cargo to the orbiting lab including new science hardware such as the Confined Combustion study, Japan’s Hyperspectral Imager Suite (HISUI) and the AzTechSat-1 cubesat developed by Mexican students.

Commander Luca Parmitano and Flight Engineer Andrew Morgan are training to capture Dragon with the Canadarm2 robotic arm when it arrives Saturday at 5:58 a.m. Robotics controllers will take command of the Canadarm2 and then install Dragon to the Harmony module’s Earth-facing port.

Parmitano and Morgan wrapped up a spacewalk on Monday having replaced a thermal pump system on the station’s cosmic particle detector. They joined fellow astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch at the end of the day Tuesday with a call to Mission Control about their spacewalk experience.

The space station is also preparing for the arrival of Russia’s Progress 74 (74P) cargo craft set for launch on Friday at 4:34 a.m. The 74P will take a three-day trip to the station and dock Monday Dec. 9 at 5:38 a.m. Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka checked out the tele-robotically operated rendezvous unit (TORU) today in the unlikely event they would need to remotely maneuver the 74P to a docking.

On-Orbit Status Report

Rodent Research-14 (RR-14): The crew completed cleaning and teardown of the Life Science Glovebag. Rodent Research-14, Microgravity as a Disruptor Of The 12-hour Circatidal Clock (RR-14), uses mice to test the hypothesis that disruptions in a microgravity environment to the circadian rhythm sleep/wake cycle will affect the body on a cellular and key organ level. The importance of this 12-hour clock has been established as a mechanism that controls stress-responsive pathways. The unique environment of the ISS provides an ideal setting to challenge this. In short, exposing cellular systems in mice to the stress of microgravity provides an opportunity to study the response of the 12-hour body clock from cellular adaptation and its effect(s) on organismal behavior.

BioFabrication Facility (BFF): The crew reviewed procedures for the upcoming BFF cassette installation operations. The BFF is dedicated to manufacturing human organs and tissues in space, primarily for use by patients on Earth. Besides printing tissue, the BFF also can help maintain the health of deep space exploration crews by producing food and personalized pharmaceuticals on demand.


SpX-19 Dragon Rendezvous Training: Today, the ISS crew completed Dragon Rendezvous Review On-board proficiency training that is designed to prepare the crew on the Dragon mission profile, the Dragon rendezvous crew procedures and the crew interface utilized for monitoring and commanding the Dragon spacecraft. Currently, SpX-19 is scheduled to launch on December 4 and will arrive at the ISS on December 7.

AMS-02 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Post Operations: Today, the ISS crew spent some time on the Post EVA recovery efforts including recharging the Li-Ion batteries for the Extravehicular Activity Mobility Units (EMU). Additionally the EMU Metox canisters, used for metabolic CO2 removal, regeneration was initiated which is a baking process that removes the CO2 from saturated canisters. The crew also recharged the EMU suits with fresh water in preparation for the next EVA as well as participating in a Post EVA Debrief with ground support specialists.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Today, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was maneuvered to a translate config and the Mobile Transporter (MT) was translated from Worksite 2 to Worksite 6. The SSRMS will be walked-off to Node 2 for the crew’s SSRMS Offset Grapple onboard training (OBT). Later this afternoon, the MT will be translated back to Worksite 2 in preparation for SpaceX-19 arrival.

Completed Task List Activities:


Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Payload Support
SpX-19 Support Operations

Wednesday, 12/4 (GMT 338)

Standard Measures Post Sleep (NASA)
Bio-Monitor Firmware Update (CSA)
ISS Experience Astronaut Log Review (NASA)

IMS Edit

Thursday, 12/5 (GMT 339)

Bio-Monitor comm check (CSA)
CBEF Humidifier Setup, LTL install and initial setup (JAXA)
ISS Experience Astronaut Log (NASA)
Food Acceptability (NASA)
Food Physiology Briefing (NASA)
Fluid Shifts Delusion Measures Setup (NASA)
BFF Cassette inserts (NASA)

EVA Restow
RWS Overlay Camera Cal
Dragon VOK Gather
ARED Quarterly Maintenance

Friday, 12/6 (GMT 340)

Bio-Monitor H/W Poweroff (CSA)
ECHO Maintenance (ESA)
Kubik Centrifuge removal from Kubik 5 & 6 (ESA)
Fluid Shifts Collections (NASA)
FIR CCU HD replace (NASA)
Food Acceptability (NASA)
BFF Cassette inserts and Syringe Swap (NASA)
NR-Zero-G oven preheat and checkout (NASA)

Dragon RPOP setup
Dragon Cargo Conference
Dragon Cargo Review

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

OPTIMIS Tablet and IPV Tablet Application Big Picture Words Review
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
Uragan. Observations and photo (Task list)
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
Reminder Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation
Treadmill 2 (T2) Photo/TV Reminder
Removal of Air Conditioner System [???1] soundproofing for drying.
Reading Pille dosimeter data after US EVA
??? maintenance Switching ???2 valve in FGB Pressurized Adapter (??) to OPEN position
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination Setup
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Subject
Setup and Activation of Crew Onboard Support Kit (????) Equipment for MPEG2 TV TORU Training (OBT) coverage from SM
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Subject
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Post-EVA Periodic Health Status Examination – Stow
Ethernet Cable Connection to JEM PS-120 Junction Box at JPM1A7
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB)/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation
FROST and FROST2 Power Cable Reconfiguration
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
Private Medical Conference (PMC)
Photo/TV Nikon D5 Camera Deploy
Extravehicular Activity Data Recorder Activation
Polar Desiccant Swap
Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Video Equipment Setup
On MCC Go Deactivate camcorder, TV system monitoring equipment, close applications
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Vacuum Cleaning area behind panels 405, 406 and MRM1 Interior
Replacement of the glovebox inner cover.
Food Acceptability Survey
Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Video Equipment Stow
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon OBT Conference
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Review
Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review
PAO Preparation
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Rodent Research Life Science Glovebox Clean up
Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group B2
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Initiate
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
BioFabrication Facility Procedure Review3
MELFI 1 Ice Brick Insert 2
MELFI 3 Ice Brick Insert 2
Glovebox Freezer – Life Science Glovebox – Teardown
BFF MERLIN Sample Insertion
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
LSG Work Volume Stow
Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief

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