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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 February 2017 – Japan’s White Stork Burns Up

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
February 7, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 February 2017 – Japan’s White Stork Burns Up
Japan’s HTV-6 resupply ship begins its separation after it’s release from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA.

Japan’s Kounotori, or “White Stork,” HTV-6 resupply ship completed its mission Sunday morning just over a week after its release from the International Space Station. The HTV-6 fired its engines for the last time sending it into Earth’s atmosphere for a fiery demise over the southern Pacific Ocean.
The Expedition 50 crew is now planning for the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft later in February. The astronauts, including Commander Shane Kimbrough and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Thomas Pesquet, talked to ground specialists Monday. The trio then began reviewing the mission profile, training materials and rendezvous procedures.

Kimbrough started his day working on life support systems maintenance before activating a combustion experiment laptop computer at the end of his shift. Pesquet wrapped up his day in the Japanese Kibo lab module preparing the airlock for the external installation of a high-definition video camera for Earth observations. Whitson began preparing communications and science gear ahead of the SpaceX CRS-10 resupply mission.

On-Orbit Status Report

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 Deorbit: HTV-6 successfully completed all three deorbit burns over the weekend. Loss of telemetry occurred Sunday 05-February at 15:11:21 GMT at an altitude of 80 km over the South Pacific near 50° S, 142° W.

Lighting Effects Vision Test: This morning the crew unstowed the Visual Performance Test hardware, then configured the Solid State Lighting Assembly (SSLA) in their Crew Quarters (CQ) to the correct mode, turning off all other light sources, then performed one Numerical Verification Test and one Color Discrimination Test. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Repress: The crew repressed and conducted a leak check of the JEMAL with the Exposed Facility Unit-5 (EFU5) adapter on the slide table. Tomorrow the crew will install the HDTV EF-2. HDTV-EF2 is a high-definition television camera system delivered by HTV-6, which will be used for earth observation from the ISS.

Dragon On-Board Training (OBT): The crew participated in a conference with Ground Specialists in preparation of the start of robotics OBT for the upcoming Dragon rendezvous and capture. Following this conference, they reviewed the OBT materials and then performed computer based proficiency training on the Dragon mission profile, the Dragon rendezvous crew procedures and the crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

EarthKAM. Crew conference with P/L Developer
БД-2 end switch adjustment.
DAN Experiment Ops.
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
TIMER. Battery charge
Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup
VEG-03 Plant Photo
Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
Lighting Effects Visual Performance Tests Light Setting – Subject
Station Support Computer (SSC) 5 LAB Setup
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) Nitrogen Manual Valve Open
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) File Transfer
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) Nitrogen Manual Valve Close
COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Software Update DVD Check
EarthKAM. Installation and activation of h/w in Node2
TIMER. Preparation and start of video recording of experiment ops
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
VIZIR. Experiment Ops.
On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon OBT Conference
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Review
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review
TIMER. Video registration termination and close out ops
Photo and Video Recording of Life on Station
IMS Update
МО-11. Setup. REFLOTRON h/w
JEM Airlock Press
Activation of Video Streaming on PWS
HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
JEM Airlock Leak Check
Deactivation of Video Streaming on PWS
Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Activation
Activation of Video Streaming on PWS
Deactivation of Video Streaming on PWS
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record

Completed Task List Items
Structures and Mechanisms Docking Mechanism Accessory Kit Audit
Food Consolidate Pt 2
EVA service and cooling umbilical dryout
LAB1O5 Audit
Treadmill 2 System (T2) Monthly Inspection
COL1F2 Cue Card Replacement
ESA Active Dosimeter Area Monitoring Mobile Unit Stow
ESA PAO Recorded Message “France Info Q&A Set 3”
ESA PAO Recorded Message “Future jobs in the EU”
CLPA Pack/US EVA 39 Cleanup
EXPRESS Locker Prep
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
NanoRacks Platform-1 Module-63 Secure
Photo/TV Node 3 Camcorder Swap
Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Vent Cleaning
Dragon 10 Prepack
New Food Evaluation
VEG-03 Watering
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, CO2 Incubator Removal
EVA Housekeeping

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
3A1 Battery Capacity Test
MCA Zero Calibration

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 02/07: HDTV Install JEMAL, Vascular Echo, Fast Neuron Spectrometer Relocate, A/L MTL Config, EVA Battery Charger Checkout, CUCU S/W Update
Wednesday, 02/08: 49S EMER Drill OBT, Dragon OBT, Lighting Effects, Galley Food Warmer Relocate, Neuromapping
Thursday, 02/09: SPHERES Docking Port Run, Skinsuit Measurements, Galley MERLIN transfer, Story Time – Buoy Demo, EVA Safer Checkout, CIR Bottle Replace

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Standby
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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