Status Report

ISS On-Orbit Status  20 Jan 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
January 20, 2003
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ISS On-Orbit Status  20 Jan 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below.  Week 8 for Expedition 6 is underway.

FE-1 Nikolai Budarin unstowed the Russian Plasma Crystal 3 (PK-3) experiment module and tagged up with ground specialists via S-band, while connecting the module to the vacuum line, then running a pressurization test and vacuum check.  Shortly before sleep time, the PK-3 vacuum turbopump was shut down again.   [In further preparation for upcoming PK-3 operations, tomorrow Budarin will create a software installation diskette and install the necessary software on the payload.]

Later in the day, Budarin performed the KARDIO-ODNT, a cardiovascular test of human pericardium (heart muscle) activity as well as of primary parameters of central and regional blood circulation at rest and under the effect of lower body negative pressure (LBNP, Russian: ODNT). The complex experiment, supported by ground specialists via VHF, took two hours and required the assistance by FE-2/SO Don Pettit during the entire procedure.  [The LBNP, generated by a specially designed “Chibis” suit, applies suction on the lower body ranging from 10 to 60 mmHg, thereby exerting a functional loading roughly equivalent to 10-60 kg of force on the musculosceletal system to test the body’s adaptation to prolonged exposure to microgravity.  After an initial setup period, during which a large number of electrodes are attached to the head, body and extremities of the test subject, cardiographic readings on the oscilloscope of the Gamma-1M medical complex are taken during one or two Russian ground sites (RGS) comm passes, first without, then with the Chibis suit.]

CDR Ken Bowersox powered up the EXPRESS Rack 1 (ER1) laptop computer, before the ground initiated ER1 power for the subsequent loading of new software on the PC and the RIC (rack interface controller).  Laptop and ER1 were later powered down again.  [Bowersox retrieved the RIC software from OCA and started the RIC loading, which then proceeded automatically, after which he was again needed to complete the activity.  This was the second of five ER and laptop software upgrades.  The loading was not impacted by the improper setting of an IP address discovered in the s/w during the recent ER5 loading.]

On the ZCG (Zeolite crystal growth) payload, Bowersox powered down the IZECS (improved Zeolite electronic control system) and unloaded samples from the furnace.

Bowersox also performed a manual IWIS (internal wireless instrumentation system) memory dump of CEVIS (cycle ergometer with vibration isolation) data from RSUs (remote sensor units) 1026, 1027 and 1028 to an SSC (station support computer) laptop harddrive card. [He was advised to report the file size if a memory dump took longer than eight minutes, and then press on to the next RSU.]

Don Pettit initiated this week’s water sampling, a periodic task to ensure good water quality on board, by collecting samples from the SRV-K2M potable water supply container (KPV).  He performed the in-flight analysis using the U.S. WMK (water microbiology kit).

Bowersox conducted the periodic function inspection of  U.S. segment smoke detectors in the Airlock, Lab and Node.

Sox also replaced the batteries of the portable CDMs (carbon dioxide monitors), stowing the used batteries.

Nikolai Budarin performed his regular daily inspection of the Russian BIO-5 Rasteniya-2/Lada-2 (“Plants-2”) plant growth experiment.

Nikolai also conducted a tag-up with ground specialists to prepare for tomorrow’s planned changeout of the TA-985M data storage unit of the BITS2-12 on-board telemetry measurement system.

Bowersox completed the daily routine tasks of SOSh life support systems maintenance and Lab payloads status checkup, while Budarin prepared the IMS inventory delta file for automatic export to MCC-M tonight.

In continuing troubleshooting of the two loop B heaters for the NTA (nitrogen tank assembly) on the P1 truss, the ground is monitoring P1 NTA temperatures.  [Currently, they appear to be fairly stable at -46.2 and -44 degC.  Should the temperatures fall below -48.3 degC, then plans will be made to maneuver attitude to LVLH (local vertical/local horizontal) to protect the thermal limits of the hardware.  Expectations are that temperatures will remain above this lower limit.]

Yesterday’s Vozdukh troubleshooting was successful, and the Russian CO2 removal system is currently up and running.

The crew was again thanked for the great work they did on 1/18 on the changeout of the failed O2 (oxygen) 100-psi regulator/relief valve (A082) in the U.S. Airlock, a four-hour job.

The next Robotics operations are scheduled for next Thursday (1/23).  Objective: to maneuver the SSRMS (space station remote manipulator system) into a position to view the S1 truss radiator clearance during the planned checkout of its TRRJ (thermal radiator rotary joint).  [This maneuver involves “walking” the Canadarm2 from the current base, the Lab PDGF (power and data grapple fixture), to MBS (mobile base system) PDGF2 (new base), by using MBS PDGF1 as an intermediate.  After subsequent release of MBS PDGF1, a quick grapple/release of MBS PDGF3 as an SSRMS digitals accuracy characterization exercise is also part of the move to S1 clearance viewing position.]

The ISS transition to Software Release 3 (R3) is currently anticipated for 2/11.  Preparations are in review.  [On that day, the C&C (command & control), GNC (guidance, navigation & control) and INT (internal) MDMs (multiplexer/demultiplexer) computers will be transitioned to the new software version which is to be uplinked from 2/6 through 2/10.]

U.S. and Russian Segment Status (as of 2:03pm EST).

Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLSS) and Thermal Control (TCS):

  • Elektron O2 generator is powered On (16 Amp mode). Vozdukh CO2 scrubber is On.  U.S. CDRA CO2 scrubber is Off.  TCCS (trace contaminant control subsystem) is off.  MCA (major constituents analyzer) is operating.  BMP Harmful Impurities unit: Absorbent bed #1 in Purify mode, bed #2 in Purify mode.  Air conditioner SKV-1 is On, SKV-2 is Off.
  • SM Working Compartment:  Pressure (mmHg) — 753; temperature (deg C) — 25.9; ppO2 (mmHg) — 161.4; ppCO2 (mmHg) — 0.0 (suspect).
  • SM Transfer Compartment:  Pressure (mmHg) — 751; temperature (deg C) — 20.0.
  • FGB Cabin:  Pressure (mmHg) — 752; temperature (deg C) — 22.7.
  • Node:  Pressure (mmHg) — 738.16; temperature (deg C) — 23.9 (shell); ppO2 (mmHg) — n/a; ppCO2 (mmHg) — n/a.
  • U.S. Lab:  Pressure (mmHg) — 739.87; temperature (deg C) — 22.9; ppO2 (mmHg) — 163.02; ppCO2 (mmHg) — 1.3;
  • Joint Airlock (Equip. Lock):  Pressure (mmHg) — 739.97, temperature (deg C) — n/a; shell heater temp (deg C) — 22.8, ppO2 (mmHg) — n/a; ppCO2 (mmHg) — n/a.
  • PMA-1:  Shell heater temp (deg C) — 24.7
  • PMA-2:  Shell heater temp (deg C) — 14.4

(n/a = data not available)

Propulsion System (PS):  

  • Total propellant load available (SM + FGB + Progress) — 3689 kg (8133 lb) [as of 1/16/03].

Electrical Power Systems (EPS):

  • Both P6 channels fully operational.  Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA) 2B and BGA 4B both in Autotrack (sun-following) mode.
  • SM batteries:  data unavailable.
  • FGB batteries:  data unavailable.
  • Plasma Contactor Unit PCU-1 and PCU-2 both in Standby mode.

Command & Data Handling Systems:

  • C&C-1 MDM is prime, C&C-2 is back-up, and C&C-3 is in standby.
  • GNC-1 MDM is prime; GNC-2 is Backup (new patches loaded on both).
  • EXT-2 is On (primary), EXT-1 is off.
  • LA-1, LA-2 and LA-3 MDMs are all operating.
  • PL-2 MDM is On (primary); PL-1 MDM is off (diagnostic
  • APS-1 (automated payload switch #1) and APS-2 are both On.
  • SM Terminal Computer (TVM): 2 redundant lanes (of 3) operational. Lane 1 is down (as of 11/14).
  • SM Central Computer (TsVM): 3 redundant lanes (of 3) operational.

Attitude Source:

  • 3 CMGs on-line (CMG-1 failed).
  • State vector — U.S. SIGI-1
  • Attitude — U.S. SIGI-1
  • Angular rates — U.S. RGA-1

Flight Attitude:

  • XPOP (x-axis perpendicular to orbit plane = “sun-fixed” [yaw: -178.0 deg, pitch: -6.0 deg., roll: 0 deg]), CMG/Thruster Assist Momentum Management).

Communications & Tracking Systems:

  • FGB MDM-1 is powered Off; FGB MDM-2 is operating.
  • All other Russian communications & tracking systems are nominal.
  • S-band is operating nominally.
  • Ku-band is operating nominally.
  • Audio subsystem operating nominally.
  • Video subsystem operating nominally.
  • HCOR (high-rate communications outage recorder) is operating nominally.


  • SSRMS/Canadarm2 based at Lab PDGF with Keep Alive (KA) power on both strings.
  • MBS: KA power on both strings.  
  • MT: latched at WS4, with KA power.  
  • POA: KA power on both strings.
  • RWS (robotics workstations): Lab RWS is Off; Cupola RWS is Off.

ISS Orbit  (as of this morning, 7:04am EST [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 389.2 km
  • Apogee — 393.2 km
  • Perigee — 385.3 km
  • Period — 92.34 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0005808
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.59
  • Altitude loss — 160 m (mean) in last 24 hours
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. ‚98) — 23796
  • For more on ISS orbit and worldwide naked-eye visibility dates/times, see

SpaceRef staff editor.