Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10 June 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
June 10, 2011
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10 June 2011

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Crew off-duty day (rest period: from 3:00am this morning to 2:00am tomorrow).

Yest kasaniya! Soyuz TMA-02M/27S (#702) docked successfully under automatic control last evening at 5:18pm EDT at the MRM1 “Rassvet” module, 5 min ahead of schedule and 2 min after orbital sunset. This doubles the station crew size to 6 persons and brings the total number of currently docked Russian VVs (visiting vehicles) to 3:

* Soyuz TMA-21/26S (#231) @ MRM2 “Poisk” zenith,

* Soyuz TMA-02M/27S (#702) @ MRM1 “Rassvet”

* Progress M-10M/42P (#410) @ DC-1 nadir plus

* ESA’s ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” @ SM aft.

This is the 113th mission to the ISS and Russia’s 73rd. Since the first launch, by the FGB “Zarya” module on a Proton-K (1A/R) on 11/20/1998, there also have been a total of 36 US missions, 2 European missions (ATV-1, ATV-2) and 2 Japanese missions (HTV1, HTV2).

TMA-02M delivered Exp-28/29 crewmembers FE-4 Sergei Volkov, FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa & FE-6 Mike Fossum, joining CDR Andrey Borisenko, FE-1 Aleksandr Samokutyayev & FE-3 Ron Garan. [For Furukawa it is the first spaceflight, the second for Volkov who served as ISS-17 CDR, and the third for Fossum who flew on STS-121 & STS-124.]

Welcome aboard, Mike, Sergei and Satoshi!

After last evening’s Soyuz docking at MRM1, FE-1 Samokutyayev –

* Switched hatch KVDs (Pressure Equalization Valves/PEVs) between MRM1 & Soyuz back to Electric control mode,

* Dismantled, with Garan, the Ku-band streaming video transmission “scheme”,

* Turned off the BRTK TVS video system for subsequent downlinking of footage, and

* Reconfigured STTS station comm for the nominal post-docking hardline mode (MBS).

Borisenko meanwhile copied the structural dynamics data of the Russian TEKh-15/DAKON-M IZGIB (“Bend”) experiment from the BUSD Control & Data Gathering Unit to a USB-D-M-3 stick for downlink to the ground. The BUSD archive was then deleted and the DAKON-M restarted.

RS (Russian Segment) thrusters on the ISS were inhibited from 7:15pm-9:20pm EDT for the leak check and clamp installation.

The ISS crew then took time out for a 30-min snack (~6:15pm-6:45pm).

Soyuz CDR Volkov meanwhile conducted the leak checking on the Soyuz side (by evacuating the Orbital Module and watching pressure readings).

Hatch opening and Crew Welcome took place at about 8:23pm, seen on the ground live on PAO TV. Borisenko then installed the interface-rigidizing SSVP BZV quick-disconnect clamps at ~9:00pm.

Afterwards, the newcomers, Sergei, Satoshi & Mike assembled with Andrey, Sasha & Ron in the SM (Service Module) for the obligatory Safety Briefing by Borisenko (~9:25pm-10:10pm), to familiarize themselves with procedures and escape routes in case of an emergency.

Furukawa took care of the Sokol suits and their gloves, putting them up for drying out, and later transferred and unpacked the contents of his HMS IMAK (Health Maintenance System / ISS Medical Accessory Kit) brought up on 27S.

After deactivating Soyuz 27S systems and putting the spacecraft on ISS-furnished power, Volkov & Samokutyayev started transferring higher-priority BIOEKOLOGIYA (Bioecology) experiment cases from the spacecraft to SM, logging moves in the IMS (Inventory Management System) and taking documentary photography of the installations:

* BTKh-41/BACTERIOFAG (Bakteriophag, study of space flight factors effect on medical, diagnostic and genetic characteristics) – to SM (Panel 328);

* BTKh-29 ZHENSHEN-2 (Ginseng-2, study of new plants for biological products and genotypes with increased biological activity) – to MRM2;

* BTKh-44/Calcium – to SM (Panel 406).

Sasha also unloaded the JAXA RBO-3 MATRYOSHKA-R PADLE (Passive Area Dosimeters for Lifescience Experiment) payload and transferred it to the USOS (US Segment) for turn-over to Satoshi.

First thing for FE-5 Furukawa & FE-6 Fossum was to prepare and get settled in their CQ (Crew Quarters). In Node-2, Mike selected the Port CQ (formerly Cady’s), Satoshi the Stbd CQ (formerly Paolo’s). [Activity steps probably included inspection of the CQ and cleaning if needed, retrieving personnel clothing and sleeping bag CTBs (Cargo Transfer Bags), installing the sleeping bag on the sleep wall and setting up & securing personnel effects.]

In the US Lab, Ron Garan powered on the ISSAC (ISS Agriculture Camera) laptop inside the WORF (Window Observational Research Facility) and opened the window shutter so ground images can be captured during the following 36-hour period (through Sunday). [ISSAC takes frequent visible-light & infrared images of vegetated areas on the Earth. The camera focuses principally on rangelands, grasslands, forests, and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The images may be delivered directly upon request to farmers, ranchers, foresters, natural resource managers and tribal officials to help improve their environmental stewardship of the land. The images will also be shared with educators for classroom use.]

FE-5 & FE-6 had their first post-launch PMCs (Private Medical Conferences), via S- & Ku-band audio/video, Mike at ~10:10pm, Satoshi at ~11:25pm EDT.

Before “Presleep” period this morning, Garan powered on the MPC (Multi-Protocol Converter) and start the data flow of video recorded during the day to the ground, with POIC (Payload Operations & Integration Center) routing the onboard HRDL (High-Rate Data Link). After about an hour, MPC was turned off again. [This is a routine operation which regularly transmits HD onboard video (live or tape playback) to the ground on a daily basis before sleeptime.]

Shortly before sleeptime (3:00am this morning), Ron also conducted the second part of yesterday’s session with the Reaction Self Test (Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS) protocol, his 22nd. [The RST is performed twice daily (after wakeup & before bedtime) for 3 days prior to the sleep shift, the day(s) of the sleep shift and 5 days following a sleep shift. The experiment consists of a 5-minute reaction time task that allows crewmembers to monitor the daily effects of fatigue on performance while on ISS. The experiment provides objective feedback on neurobehavioral changes in attention, psychomotor speed, state stability, and impulsivity while on ISS missions, particularly as they relate to changes in circadian rhythms, sleep restrictions, and extended work shifts.]

No CEO (Crew Earth Observation) targets uplinked for today.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 7:41am EDT [= epoch])
Mean altitude – 345.9 km
Apogee height – 346.6 km
Perigee height – 345.2 km
Period — 91.45 min.
Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
Eccentricity — 0.0001029
Solar Beta Angle — 60.1 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.74
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours – 188 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) – 71,985

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
————–Six-crew operations————-
06/05/11 — ISS Reboost by ATV2 ~10:10am EDT
06/20/11 — ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” undock (SM aft)
06/21/11 – ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” reentry
06/21/11 — Progress M-11M/43P (#411) launch – 10:38:18am EDT
06/23/11 — Progress M-11M/43P docking (SM aft) ~12:35pm EDT
07/08/11 — STS-135/Atlantis launch ULF7 (MPLM) – 11:26:46am EDT
07/10/11 — STS-135/Atlantis docking ULF7 (MPLM) ~11:09am EDT
07/18/11 — STS-135/Atlantis undock ULF7 (MPLM) – 1:59pm EDT
07/20/11 — STS-135/Atlantis landing KSC ~7:07am EDT
07/27/11 — Russian EVA #29
08/29/11 — Progress M-11M/43P undocking
08/30/11 — Progress M-12M/44P launch
09/01/11 — Progress M-12M/44P docking (SM aft)
09/16/11 – Soyuz TMA-21/26S undock/landing (End of Increment 28)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-03M/28S launch – D.Burbank (CDR-30)/A.Shkaplerov/A.Ivanishin
10/02/11 – Soyuz TMA-03M/28S docking (MRM2)
————–Six-crew operations————-
10/25/11 — Progress M-10M/42P undocking
10/26/11 — Progress M-13M/45P launch
10/28/11 — Progress M-13M/45P docking (DC-1)
11/16/11 — Soyuz TMA-02M/27S undock/landing (End of Increment 29)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S launch – O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit
12/02/11 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S docking (MRM1)
————–Six-crew operations—————-
12/26/11 — Progress M-13M/45P undock
12/27/11 — Progress M-14M/46P launch
12/29/11 — Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
02/29/12 — ATV3 launch readiness
03/05/12 — Progress M-12M/44P undock
03/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-03M/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S launch – G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov
04/01/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S docking (MRM2)
————–Six-crew operations—————-
05/05/12 — 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – launch on Proton (under review)
05/06/12 — Progress M-14M/46P undock
05/07/12 — 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) – docking (under review)
05/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/29/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S launch – S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/31/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S docking
————–Six-crew operations—————-
09/18/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
————–Three-crew operations————-
10/02/12 — Soyuz TMA-07M/32S launch – K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/04/12 – Soyuz TMA-07M/32S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-06M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-08M/33S launch – C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/02/12 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/xx/13 — Soyuz TMA-07M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S launch – P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S launch – M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S launch – M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S launch – K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/xx/14 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
————–Three-crew operations————-

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