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NASA Space Station Status Report 28 June, 2022 – CRS-25 Launch Date Updated

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 1, 2022
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NASA Space Station Status Report 28 June, 2022 – CRS-25 Launch Date Updated
Astronaut Bob Hines monitors an Astrobee robotic free-flyer.

NASA and SpaceX now are targeting no earlier than Thursday, July 14, for launch of the CRS-25 commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station.
The new target launch date supports ongoing Dragon spacecraft inspections as well as repair and replacement of any components that could have degraded by exposure to mono-methyl hydrazine (MMH) vapor found during testing in early June. In order to allow a more detailed off-vehicle inspection of the parachutes, the SpaceX team made the decision to replace the main parachutes on this spacecraft.

The new date also allows for launch of the uncrewed cargo mission for the earliest possible rendezvous opportunity with the International Space Station following the upcoming high-beta angle period when the sun angle with space station’s orbital plane causes problems with thermal and power generation at the microgravity laboratory in the planned docking attitude for visiting spacecraft.

On-Orbit Status Report

Northrup Grumman 17 (NG-17) Cygnus Departure: Today, Cygnus was unberthed from the Node 1 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS), then maneuvered to the release position, and released for departure at 6:06 AM CT. Cygnus, filled with waste/trash from the space station packed by the crew, is scheduled for a destructive re-entry tomorrow, June 29th.


Autonomous Medical Officer Support (AMOS): The crew reviewed the AMOS operations products in preparation for activities later this week. As missions venture farther from Earth, astronauts need the capability to diagnose and treat acute medical conditions without ground support. The AMOS software demonstration, for which data collection is now complete, tests a software tool designed to help minimally trained or untrained users conduct complicated medical procedures, without assistance from Earth. For the study, the crew uses AMOS to perform ultrasound imaging of the bladder and kidneys, a plausible Mars mission medical scenario.

Astrobee: Several routine activities were performed including battery exchanges, removal of the Perching Arm (PA), and inspection/cleaning of the Astrobee intake fans. Astrobee is made up of three free-flying, cube-shaped robots which are designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in microgravity to assist astronauts with routine chores and give ground controllers additional eyes and ears on the space station. The autonomous robots, powered by fans and vision-based navigation, perform crew monitoring, sampling, logistics management, and accommodate up to three investigations.

Behavioral Core Measures (BCM): The crew performed a BCM research session consisting of a set of 12 runs/tests. The Standardized Behavioral Measures for Detecting Behavioral Health Risks during Exploration Missions (BMC) experiment initially examined a suite of measurements to reliably assess the risk of adverse cognitive or behavioral conditions and psychiatric disorders during long-duration spaceflight and evaluated the feasibility of those tests within the operational and time constraints of spaceflight for two crewmembers. Subsequent subjects perform a subset of the original activities to measure the performance capabilities of deconditioned crew members to complete either individual or crew telerobotic operations within the first 24 hours after landing. This information could help characterize what tasks a crewmember who has spent months in weightlessness can reasonably be expected to perform after landing on the surface of Mars.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF): The crew gained access to the experiment chamber, exchanged sample holder 2 in the sample cartridge assembly, and closed out the ELF to prepare it for upcoming operations. ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt, and solidify material by container less processing techniques using the electrostatic levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.


NanoRacks Bishop Airlock (NRAL) Trash Deploy Preparations: Today, the crew cleared stowage from the Node 3 Port Endcone and removed vestibule covers, kickplates, and Control Panel Assemblies (CPAs) on NRAL to give access to NRAL for trash deploy activities. The crew also installed trash deployment hardware in NRAL. NRAL trash deploy activities will be completed throughout the week in preparation for the planned Jettison on Saturday. NRAL is the first-ever commercially owned and operated airlock on the ISS. It provides a variety of capabilities including jettisoning of payloads such as CubeSats, deployment of external payloads, support for small exterior payloads and locker-sized internal payloads, recovery of external on-orbit replaceable units (ORUs), and the ability to move hardware outside in support of extravehicular activities (EVAs) and remove trash from station. It is approximately five times larger than the JEM Airlock so it can accommodate more and larger payloads. NRAL’s capabilities support many different types of scientific investigations.

Nitrogen (N2) Purge ORU Flight Support Equipment (FSE) Transfer: Today, the crew transferred the N2 Purge ORU FSE from a new Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) N2 Purge ORU to an old/used one for return to the ground. N2 Purge ORU regulates flow of nitrogen through the electrolyzing cell stack to make it inert for deactivation. Electrolyzing cell stack electrolyzes water creating both oxygen and hydrogen.

Crew Handover Video: Today, the crew recorded videos for future crew handovers and pre-flight familiarization to help crew adjust to ISS daily life. In the recording, the crew gave tips for the life onboard, setting up Public Affair Events (PAOs), exercising, IT onboard, and any other topics at the crew’s discretion.

Completed Task List Activities:

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

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Walkoff to Lab PDGF
SSRMS Cygnus Unberth
Cygnus Departure
Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, June 29 (GMT 180)

EarthKAM Lens Change
MERLIN Icebrick Remove
MSG Activation

NRAL Trash Deployer Install
NRAL Trash Bag Loading
NRAL Vestibule Config and Hatch Closure
Crew Handover Recordings for Daily Crew-Life
ISS Safety Video
Thursday, June 30 (GMT 181)

Actiwatch HRF1 Setup
Intelligent Glass Optics (IGO) Sample Restore
Russian Experiment MELFI Insertion
WiCo-2 Measurements
XROOTS Fluid Recovery and Wick Open

Lab/N3 Cable Management
Airlock Node 1 MTL Swap
ARED Quarterly Maintenance
T2 Monthly Inspection
EVA SLE Training
CST-100 USB Drive Formatting
Friday, July 1 (GMT 182)

CAL Jumper Check
CIR/SoFIE Hardware Configure
FSL/SMD Sample Cell Inspection
MVP Hardware Wanted Poster
WORF Laptop CLS 14 Software Load

Node 1 and Node 2 Cable Management
Station Reorganization
1B SAW Blanket Survey
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Node 3 Port Endcone Stowage Cleanout
AMOS Demonstration Operations Review Operator and Scanee
Astrobee Battery Swap, Install, and Stow
Astrobee Perching Arm Removal
Astrobee Vacuum Inspection
Behavioral Core Measures ROBoT-r Research Testing 2 [Deferred 1/2]
Crew Handover Recordings for Daily Crew-Life
N1 Deck Hatch MPEV Close
ELF Sample Holder Change
Empty CTB Audit
PAO Message Recording
Restow Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK)
Nitrogen Purge ORU FSE Transfer
NRAL Vestibule Outfit
NRAL Stowage Clear
NRAL Trash Deployer Install
NRAL Vestibule Configuration
Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink and Deactivation
PCS Laptop Relocate
Pressure Management Device (PMD) Teardown
Life on the Station Photo/Video Chronicle
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
Station Support Computer 20 Cable Check
SSRMS Cygnus Release Preparation
SSRMS Cygnus Release Briefing
SSRMS Cygnus Release and Departure Monitoring
TReK Laptop Charge
TReK Laptop On
Handover of Wipes and Gloves from USOS to RS
XF705 Camcorder Setup

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