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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 March 2018

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 4, 2018
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 March 2018
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 March 2018.

The Expedition 55 crew is cleaning up today after a spacewalk and getting ready for next week’s cargo delivery aboard the SpaceX Dragon space freighter. The four astronauts and two cosmonauts are also researching life science and reviewing emergency hardware today.
NASA astronauts Drew Feustel and Ricky Arnold are checking their spacesuits and cleaning up the Quest airlock today after completing a six-hour, 10-minute spacewalk on Thursday. The duo also participated in a routine post-spacewalk health evaluation which consists of checking temperature, blood pressure and respiratory rate.

The next big event at the International Space Station is Wednesday’s planned rendezvous with Dragon carrying over 5,800 pounds of new science experiments, crew supplies and other station hardware. The commercial cargo craft will launch atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Monday at 4:30 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will be inside the cupola operating the Canadarm2 robotic arm when he grapples Dragon around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Flight Engineer Scott Tingle will assist Kanai and monitor the cargo ship’s arrival until it reaches its capture point about 10 meters away from the station. Both astronauts were on a computer today practicing the procedures they will use in the moments before they capture Dragon next week.

The orbital lab residents watered and harvested small crops of leafy vegetables for consumption today. A pair of crew members also documented what a headache in space feels like and how it affects their performance. The entire crew also spent almost two hours today familiarizing themselves with the locations of safety gear and practiced emergency communication with Russian mission controllers.

On-Orbit Status Report

Human Research Facility (HRF)-2: This morning the crew connected a 5 meter USB cable and an 8 port serial adapter and spider cable between the HRF-2 and HRF-1 racks in order to support troubleshooting of the Rack Interface Controller (RIC) on HRF-2. Ground teams are evaluating the troubleshooting results. On Sunday, March 25th, approximately one hour after the nominal activation of HRF Rack 2, communication was lost with the rack.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Manifold #4 Bottle Replacement: As part of ISS joint research, a Russian crewmember removed and replaced a CIR manifold #4 bottle on the front of the optics bench. CIR provides sustained, systematic microgravity combustion research and it houses hardware capable of performing combustion experiments to further research of combustion in microgravity.

Veg-03: Today the crew watered the Veg-03 lettuce plants and harvested select leaves for consumption. The plants were be left to grow and sprout new leaves. 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.

Space Headaches: Two 53S crewmembers completed the weekly questionnaire for the ESA Space Headaches investigation today. This investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improve the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Operations: After providing robotic support to EVA #49, ground robotic specialists walked the SSRMS from the Mobile Base System (MBS) to the N2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF). Following the SSRMS walkoff ground specialists completed a MT translation from worksite 6 to worksite 4. SSRMS is in position for the Dragon offset grapple training.

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Pressure Control and Pump Assembly (PCPA) Replacement: Wednesday, current sensors inside the PCPA detected a rise in current during a UPA process cycle resulting in a PCPA shutdown. Review of data by the UPA specialist indicated that the PCPA has failed. Today, the crew removed the failed PCPA and replaced it with one of the spares currently onboard. UPA activation and checkout is in work.

Dragon On-Board Training (OBT) and Self Study: The crew performed OBT using Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) and did self-study in preparation for Dragon approach and rendezvous. They completed a 30m approach, two Capture Point (CP) hold runs and 2m runs.

Post-Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Operations: Following yesterday’s EVA, the crew completed Post-EVA medical evaluations, airlock deconfiguration and a water recharge on Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) 3003 and 3006. They also conducted an EVA debrief with ground specialists

ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization OBT: The newly arrived 54S crew were guided through a review of all of the ISS Emergency Hardware by a Russian and USOS crewmember. This activity provides familiarization with the locations of equipment and the positions of valves used in emergencies. They also practiced communication from the Russian modules in case of emergency. Following the review, they reported the results to both Moscow and Houston ground specialists.

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

ISS Crew Handover
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Swap USB Card Reader
URAGAN. Observation and photography
ECON-M. Observation and photography
Activation of Windows 7 OS after SW Version 5.0 installation on Laptop RSK2
??-2 bungee cord adjustment, lubrication, and testing
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF1 Setup
Pille Dosimeter Readout after USOS EVA
ISS HAM Radio Ops
FAZOPEREKHOD. Preparation steps and starting the experiment
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination
MOTOCARD. Experiment Session
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) – Pressure Control & Pump Assembly (PCPA) Remove and Replace
MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment
Soyuz 738 Transfers and IMS Ops
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF1 Stow
Robotics Onboard Training (ROBoT) Session for Dragon
SM Air Sampling for CO using ??? Samplers
ISS Crew Orientation
Collecting SM and FGB Air Samples Using ??-1? Sampler
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Air Lock Deconfiguration
??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test in DC1
On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization
Polar1 Desiccant Swap
VEG-03F Consumption Harvest #2
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
??? maintenance
Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #4 Bottle Replacement
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Training Session Using ???-01-? Set
Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief
Robotics Onboard Training (ROBoT) Session for Dragon
VEG-03 Dual Facility Watering for each Plant Pillow
VEG-03 Plant Photos
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
IMS Update
Waste & Hygiene Closet (WHC) configure for output to Urine Processor Assembly (UPA)

Completed Task List Activities

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Standard Commanding
PCPA Setup Post R&R

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 03/31: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off-Duty
Sunday, 04/01: Crew Off-Duty, Spheres OBT, HRF Collection, MELFI OBT, Veg-03
Monday, 04/02: SpaceX-14 Launch, Dragon Offset-Grapple OBT, Post-EVA Tasks, MAX CEVIS, SPHERES Test Session, Microbial Tracking

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) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Stop
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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