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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 October 2019 – Post-spacewalk Activities

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 18, 2019
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 October 2019 – Post-spacewalk Activities
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 October 2019 - Post-spacewalk Activities.

Two NASA spacewalkers are conducting routine post-spacewalk activities today after a 7 hour, 1 minute spacewalk Sunday prior to another excursion outside the International Space Station this Friday.
Expedition 61 Flight Engineers Christina Koch and Andrew Morgan underwent a routine series of post-spacewalk health checks today with Commander Luca Parmitano assisting the astronauts.

Koch and Morgan will venture outside in their U.S. spacesuits again Friday for more battery replacement work on the P-6 truss structure. This time Morgan will lead the duo during the 6.5-hour spacewalk that will start at 7:50 a.m. EDT. NASA TV coverage begins at 6:30 a.m.

Parmitano and NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Meir joined the spacewalking duo during the afternoon to review the results and lessons learned from Sunday’s excursion. They will be back in the Quest airlock on Friday to help Morgan and Koch in and out of their spacesuits.

Three more spacewalks are planned before the month is out to complete the power upgrade work. The dates and astronauts for the upcoming spacewalks are…

Oct. 16: Andrew Morgan and Jessica Meir
Oct. 21: Christina Koch and Jessica Meir
Oct. 25: Jessica Meir and Luca Parmitano
On the Russian side of the station, cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Skripochka, who are scheduled to conduct their own spacewalk Oct. 31, continued the upkeep of life support systems while conducting microgravity research.

Skvortsov, who has been on the station since July, explored how enzymes in the human body are impacted by weightlessness. Skripochka researched how ultraviolet waves affect Earth’s atmosphere.

On-Orbit Status Report

US P6 Battery Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Operations: Today, the ground teams and the USOS crew participated in an EVA Debrief conference to discuss any technical issues from the previously completed P6 Battery EVA#1 (US EVA#56) on Sunday October 6, which was the first of five planned P6 Solar Array battery upgrade EVAs. The crew also participated in Post-EVA health checks as well as downlinking images of the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) gloves for ground analysis. In addition, the crew also completed EVA procedure reviews in preparation for the next planned P6 battery EVA. The second P6 battery EVA (US EVA#57) is scheduled on Friday, October 11.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: In support of the P6 Battery EVA#1, the Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) holding the External Pallet 8 (EP8) into position for the start of the Integrated Equipment Assembly (IEA) 2B batteries EVA #1 and removed power from the EP8. The Extra Vehicular (EV) crew egressed the airlock and moved to the IEA 2B worksite where they performed the following swaps with Intra Vehicular (IV) crew maneuvering the SSRMS+EP8 to the required positions:

Battery 1 (IEA) to EP X
Battery A (EP) to IEA Slot 1
Adapter Plate (AP) A to IEA slot 2
Battery 2 (IEA) to EP A
Battery 3 (IEA) to AP A located on IEA Slot 2 (get ahead task)
Battery B (EP) to IEA slot 3 (get ahead task)
The EV crew performed some additional get ahead tasks (releasing torque on some batteries H1 bolts for upcoming EVAs) and then cleaned up the worksite and ingressed. Following that, the IV crew maneuvered the SSRMS+EP8 to a back away position. SSRMS Ground Controllers maneuvered it to the overnight park position and powered down.


Actiwatch Plus: The crew charged and swapped four Actiwatch plus units. The Actiwatch is a waterproof, nonintrusive, sleep-wake activity monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember. The device contains a miniature uniaxial accelerometer that produces a signal as the subject moves. The data are stored in nonvolatile memory within the Actiwatch until they are downloaded for analysis.

Food Acceptability: The crew completed a Food Acceptability Survey. This investigation seeks to determine the impact of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system. Results will be used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions.

Completed Task List Activities:
SSC15-U Key Troubleshooting
EVA EMU Resize prep

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Payload Support Operations
Mobile Servicing System EVA support

Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 10/8 (GMT 281)

Cerebral Autoregulation Setup (JAXA)
SCRAM sample (NASA)
VEG-04B Pillow Prime (NASA)
Astrobee Battery charge and swap (NASA)

Robotics OBT for EVA
EMU Suit water recharging
HTV Cargo Ops
EVA procedure reviews

Wednesday, 10/9 (GMT 282)

No payloads

EVA Metox Regen

Thursday, 10/10 (GMT 283)

Cerebral Autoregulation Data measurement (JAXA)
Food Acceptability Survey (NASA)
Food Physiology Diet Briefing (NASA)
VEG-04B Water Check (NASA)
Microgravity Crystals Set C (NASA)
BEST Sample Transfer to media (NASA)

EVA Tool Audit
EVA REBA C/O and Install
EVA LK Prep Part 2

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

HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
Reminder Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation
IMS Delta File Prep
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos web site and social media
Photography of Removable Covers Installed on Handrails inside RS
SCENARIY. Observation and photography of catastrophic events and their aftermath
SM-behind-panel-area Photography
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
HRF Generic Saliva Collection Stow
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
Installation of Gas Analyzer ГЛ2106.
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
EVA Pistol Grip Battery Stow
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain Part 2
Installation and Activation of ГЛ2106 Gas Analyzer.
Glisser-M GoPro HERO3 camcorders battery charging – equipment setup and installation for charging
PILLE dosimeter readings after USOS EVA
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
SM ventilation systems preventive maintenance.
Reading Data from Pille Dosimeter Sensors
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Post-EVA Periodic Health Status Examination – Stow
Actiwatch Plus HRF Rack 1 Setup
MRM1 comm config for tag-up
SEPARATSIA. [ВН] Change-out.
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Setup
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Swap
СARDIOMED-LBNP. Replacement of КДМ cable # 61
СОЖ maintenance
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Swap
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap
Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Stow
Recharging Glisser-M GoPro HERO3 camcorder batteries – replacing battery sets
EVA Glove Photo Downlink
Food Acceptability Survey
CONSTANTA-2. Cassette retrieval from ТБУ-В and stowage on panel for 1-hour warmup
IMPACT. Photography of «IMPACT» plate # 1 from DC1 EV Hatch 1 Window. Photography Time 13:02-13:07
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
CONSTANTA-2. Preparation and Execution of Session 3.
ISS Crew Orientation
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief
Glisser-M GoPro HERO3 camcorders battery charging – termination and closeout ops
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Suit Intravehicular (IV) Review
Actiwatch Plus HRF Rack 1 Stow
УФ-АТМОСФЕРА. Documentation review and equipment setup
ISS Crew Orientation
УФ-АТМОСФЕРА. Preparatory ops. H/w installation and electrical setup.
Station Support Computer (SSC) System Vent Cleaning
VIP Conference Preparation
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
УФ-АТМОСФЕРА. Scientific Hardware Activation.

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