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NASA Space Station Status Report 15 July, 2022 – Dragon to Dock Saturday

By SpaceRef Editor
Status Report
July 15, 2022
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NASA Space Station Status Report 15 July, 2022 – Dragon to Dock Saturday
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the cargo Dragon spacecraft for the CRS-25 mission.

More than 5,800 pounds of new science experiments and crew supplies are on their way to the International Space Station after the successful launch of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on Thursday.

Dragon blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:44 p.m. and reached orbit less than nine minutes later beginning its day-and-a-half-long trip to the orbital lab.

The U.S. space freighter is scheduled to dock automatically to the Harmony module’s forward port at 11:20 a.m. on Saturday. NASA astronauts Bob Hines and Jessica Watkins will be on duty monitoring Dragon’s automated rendezvous and docking. NASA TV will begin live coverage at 10 a.m. as Dragon approaches the station for a monthlong stay.

Hines and Watkins along with Expedition 67 Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) called down to Mission Control today and discussed Saturday morning’s arrival of Dragon. The quartet also spent Friday configuring station systems to accommodate the critical research Dragon is delivering including a human immune system study, a protein production investigation, and a cancer treatment experiment.

On-Orbit Status Report

SpaceX-25 (SpX-25) Launch: The SpaceX-25 Dragon spacecraft launched aboard a Falcon 9 rocket at 7:44 PM CT yesterday evening. The spacecraft is carrying more than 5,800 pounds of research, supplies, and hardware to the ISS. Following the successful launch, the Dragon spacecraft will prepare to rendezvous with the ISS on Saturday morning, July 16th.


Solid Combustion Experiment Module (FLARE): Solid Combustion Experiment insert 2 was retrieved and partially installed into the FLARE facility. Fundamental Research on International Standard of Fire Safety in Space – Base for Safety of Future Manned Missions (FLARE), a JAXA investigation, explores the flammability of materials in microgravity. Various solid fuels are burned under different conditions and observed inside a flow tunnel. Microgravity significantly affects combustion phenomena and results are expected to contribute to the improvement of fire safety in space.

Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle (FROST): The crew changed the temperature controller dial setting. The FROST facility is an active freezer/refrigerator used aboard the ISS. FROST offers cold stowage capability inside of the JEM and is commonly used to support low temperature experiments.

Rodent Research-22 (RR-22): Rodent Habitats were installed into the LAB in preparation for future operations. Effects of Spaceflight on Tissue Regeneration (RR-22) investigates the effects of spaceflight on systemic and local responses of skin healing using mice as a model organism. Researchers use multiple genetic and biological assessments to define the underlying biological changes and identify those that affect tissue regeneration, which could provide therapeutic targets for improved treatments.

TangoLab-2: The CubeLab Satellite was removed from TangoLab-2 and activated for a checkout and photo documented. The CubeLab Satellite was re-attached to the card and placed back into the TangoLab for charging. TangoLab-2 is a reconfigurable general research facility designed for microgravity research and development and pilot manufacturing in the ISS.

eXposed Root On-Orbit Test System (XROOTS): Fluid from Root Modules was recirculated back into Fluids Reservoir and the wicks were examined and opened when required. The XROOTS investigation uses hydroponic and aeroponic techniques to grow plants without soil or other growth media. Video and still images enable evaluation of multiple independent growth chambers for the entire plant life cycle from seed germination through maturity. Results could identify suitable methods to produce crops on a larger scale for future space missions.


RS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) ESA Preparations: Crewmember Samantha Cristoforetti continued preparation activities for the upcoming RS EVA ESA. EVA equipment was prepped for training and Orlan systems were checked out during the pre-EVA training. EVA gear was donned for comm checks and monitoring, as well as controls checks, leak checks, and fit checks. An Orlan translation exercise was completed and ORUs and EVA equipment were installed and configured. The Russian EVA is planned for Thursday, July 21.

Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain/Fill: The recycle tank was set up to drain via the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Fill Drain Valve into a Brine EDV using the Urine Transfer System (UTS). Following the setup, the ground performed the tank drain using the UTS. Once the ground specialists completed the transfer, the crew verified the recycle tank was empty, terminated the drain, repositioned the fill/drain valve to force fill the recycle tank using UTS, and configured for nominal processing operations. The crew also swapped the EDVs in the backup and offload spots of the UTS.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container (ЕДВ-У) Remove and Replace (R&R): Today the crew R&Red the existing ЕДВ-У in the WHC. The ЕДВ-У is intended for short-term storage and manual water transportation between facilities.

SpX-25 Arrival Preparations: Several activities were completed by the crew in preparation for the arrival of SpX-25 vehicle to the ISS on July 16th. The Node 2 Forward hatch was opened to ventilate any stagnant air before closing prior to docking, and Station Support Computers (SSCs) were relocated. Cargo operations, vehicle operations, mission profiles, crew interfaces, and docking target assessments were reviewed. These reviews were followed by conferences with the SpX-25 ground team and instructors to discuss any questions and updates.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • PPS High Beta Operations
  • PMA Preparations for Ingress
  • IDA-F Heater Reconfiguration

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, July 16 (GMT 197)

  • TangoLab-2 Cardcube Remove (NASA)


  • SpX-25 Arrival Ops

Sunday, July 17 (GMT 198)

  • BioFilms Experiment Container Install (ESA)
  • NanoRacks Module X2 Install (NASA)
  • PAUL2 Hardware Xfer and PAUL1 Install (NASA)
  • TangoLab-3 Cardcube Swap (NASA)


  • SpX-25 Unpacking Ops

Monday, July 18 (GMT 199)

  • Cold Atom Lab Jumper Leak Check (NASA)
  • EPM Test-Link and T/S (ESA)
  • JAXA MCU T/S and Battery Setup (JAXA)
  • LSG Front Glove Swap (NASA)
  • RR Transfer (NASA)
  • XROOTS Fluid Recovery and Check (NASA)


  • RS EVA ESA Prep
  • SpX-25 Unpacking Ops

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

  • Node 3 Port Endcone and NRAL Stowage Replace
  • Rodent Research Gather-1
  • Payload Laptop Terminal 5 (PLT5) USB Connection
  • FROST2 Controller2 TC Unit Dial Set
  • Solid Combustion Experiment Module (SCEM) Item Gathering
  • EVA equipment prep for training in Orlan
  • Checkout of Orlan-MKS systems during the pre-EVA OBT
  • Solid Combustion (SCEM) Experiment Insertion 2 Exchange 1
  • MRM2 Orlan Interface Unit (БСС) and Orlan-MKS check
  • Rodent Research Habitat Install
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain/Fill
  • Donning EVA gear for Orlan-MKS
  • Comm check and medical parameter monitoring in Orlan-MKS
  • Monitoring Orlan and БСС initial condition during training
  • Orlan entry, sealing off backpacks
  • Node 2 Fwd Hatch Open/Close
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS EveryWear (EVW) Nutrition Tracking
  • Orlan and БСС controls check
  • Orlan and БСС preliminary leak check
  • Cold Atom Lab Jumper Leak Check
  • Orlan fit check at Orlan pressure
  • Urine Transfer System Backup EDV Swap
  • Remove and Replace (R&R) Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) ЕДВ-Y
  • Orlan-MKS EVA translation exercise
  • Program the new rescue ships phone numbers into the Crew-4 satellite phone
  • SFP (Small Form Factor Pluggable Adapter) Troubleshooting
  • Urine Transfer System Offload EDV Swap
  • Dragon Forward – Station Support Computer Relocate
  • Inspect and photograph the emergency masks in Dragon Freedom
  • Everywear Feedback Conference
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Review
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • TangoLab CubeLab Satellite Activation and Checkout
  • Nutrient Solution Mixing
  • XROOTS Water Refill
  • Swap SSC (Station Support Computer) 20 and 12
  • SpaceX-25 Dragon Vehicle Ops CBT
  • XROOTS Status Check
  • Replacement of БК-3М oxygen tanks
  • Installation of Orlan-MKS ORUs for EVA (ESA)
  • SpaceX-25 Dragon Rendezvous review CBT
  • Restoring EVA equipment initial configuration after suited dry run
  • Dragon Rendezvous Operations Conference
  • Nutrient Solution Fill
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Power Down
  • Flight Director/ISS Crew Conference

SpaceRef staff editor.