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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 September, 2020 – Kibo Robot Programming Challenge

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 10, 2020
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 September, 2020 – Kibo Robot Programming Challenge
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 September, 2020.

Today: Payloads – Astrobee: The crew performed various localization and mobility operations for the Astrobee satellite.
This was performed in support of the upcoming Kibo Robot Programming Challenge. The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Robo-Pro Challenge), also known as Kibo-RPC, allows students to create programs to control Astrobee, a free-flying robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This opportunity provides hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in space and inspires the next generation of explorers. This activity is based on Japan-U.S. cooperation through the Japan-US Open platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3).

MELFI1 Electronic Unit (EU) Swap: As a recovery from the MELFI EU failure on GMT 213, the crew replaced the failed EU with a spare unit. Following the replacement, the MELFI unit will be checked out and will begin cooling to the set point temperatures. The Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) is a cold storage unit that maintains experiment samples at cold temperatures (+2 deg C to -95 deg C) throughout a mission.

Radi-N2: Chris retrieved the eight Radi-N2 detectors from the NODE2 Panel P3 location and handed them over to the Russian crew for processing. The objective of this Canadian Space Agency investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment, define the risk posed to the crew members’ health, and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future spaceflight. It’s been recognized that neutrons make up a significant fraction (10-30%) of the biologically effective radiation exposure in low-Earth orbit. The bubble detectors used in the investigation are designed to detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.


Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Sample Analysis: Today the crew completed post processing analysis of the coliform detection bags. The water samples were acquired on GMT 246 and allowed to incubate to check for the presence of Coliform bacteria. Following the incubation period, the crew visually analyzed the coliform detection bags and recorded the results. Visual confirmation must be performed within 40-48 hours of the initial sample collection.

Completed Task List Activities:

Single Stowage Locker Prep
Audit of Pivot Pins, K-Bars and K-Bars Capture Fittings
Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

PCS Reboots/Log File Downlinks
S-Band Index Change
Primary C&C Monthly File Downlinks
TAS Weekly Vent/Purge
FPMU Activation
Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 9/5 (GMT 249)

Astrobee Off

Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 9/6 (GMT 250)

No Utilization Activities

Crew Off Duty
Monday, 9/7 (GMT 251)

No Utilization Activities

Crew Off Duty (Labor Day Holiday)
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

???. Check ???-? #07 Thermostat Temperature and Keep Out Zones in front of ???-? Inlets and Outlets
Astrobee Stowage Clear
ISS Crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
URAGAN. Closeout Operations and Teardown of SOVA and Photo Equipment
SM Aft Progress 448 (75P) Transfer Operations. IMS Update
Weekly Checkout of ISS RS Video Equipment Functionality
????-1? Storage Battery Current Converter R&R (position ?307)
Cleaning of ??? 1, 2, 3 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger Removable Screens in the FGB
JEM Airlock Press & Leak Check
Vacuum Cleaning of ?? in the FGB
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
Vacuum Cleaning of ??1 and ??2 Air Ducts in MRM2
JPM Thermal Control Assembly for Low Temperature Loop (TCA L) Gas Trap Manual Valves Reconfiguration
IMPACT. Photography of IMPACT Plate Through EV Hatch Window 1 in DC1
MELFI 1 Desiccant Remove
MELFI 1 (JPM1D4) Electronic Unit Swap
BIOMAG-?. ???-? #07 Thermostat Transfer and Activation
MATRESHKA-R. Bubble Dosimeters Gather and Measurements. Handover to USOS
Teardown of the Navigation Module and ??-1/2 Separators from SM Aft Progress 448 (75P)
Astrobee Crew Conference
Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover & Retrieval/Readout
Biolab TCU Cleaning
Astrobee Free Flyer Localization and Mobility Ops Part 3
URAGAN. Setup and Activation of SOVA and Photo Equipment.

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