Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 June 2008

By SpaceRef Editor
June 12, 2008
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 June 2008

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. First day alone for CDR Volkov, FE-1 Kononenko and FE-2 Chamitoff. Off-duty day for the crew (except for necessary maintenance and voluntary tasks).
Russian Holiday: Russia Day, established by Boris Yeltsin to celebrate national unity after the Russian parliament in 1990 formally declared its sovereignty.

ISS crew sleep cycle returned to the nominal schedule of 2:00am – 5:30pm EDT.

Upon wake-up, Sergey Volkov terminated his 4th MBI-12 SONOKARD experiment session for the long-term Russian sleep study, by taking the recording device from his SONOKARD sports shirt pocket and later copying the measurements to the RSE-MED laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground. [SONOKARD objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember’s physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.]

In the Kibo JPM (Japanese Pressurized Module) laboratory, FE-2 Chamitoff installed 12 area radiation dosimeters on the shell walls, then took documentary photographs of the setup for JAXA.

CDR Volkov dismantled the THC IMV (Temperature & Humidity Control/Intermodule Ventilation) air duct which was temporarily installed in Node-2 to support air circulation during the docked period.

Greg Chamitoff conducted the weekly 10-min. CWC (Contingency Water Container) audit as part of on-going WRM (Water Recovery & Management (WRM)) assessment of onboard water supplies. [Updated “cue cards” based on the crew’s water calldowns are sent up every other week. The current card (17-0002K) lists 37 CWCs (~1457.2 L total) for the four types of water identified on board: technical water (694.6 L, for Elektron, flushing, hygiene, incl. 553.4 L non-usable water because of Wautersia bacteria), potable water (706.7 L, incl. 260.6 L currently on hold), condensate water (48 L), waste/EMU dump and other (7.9 L). Wautersia bacteria are typical water-borne microorganisms that have been seen previously in ISS water sources. These isolates pose no threat to human health.]

The FE-2 also updated his handheld PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) by plugging it into the A31p SSC5 (Station Support Computer 5) laptop to delete the PDA WorldMap Hi-Res image files and load it instead with new uplinked software for BCR (Bar Code Reader) operations with the IMS (Inventory Management System) database.

In the SM (Service Module), Oleg Kononenko completed the routine maintenance of the SOZh/ECLSS (Environment Control & Life Support System) complex, including ASU toilet facilities systems/replaceables. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists of replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers, replacement of an EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine container, and processing U.S. condensate water as it becomes available in a filled CWC from the Lab humidifier.]

In the “Quest” Airlock, the FE-1 terminated the regeneration/”bake-out” on the METOX (Metal Oxide) CO2 filtration canisters used during the recent EVA Campouts. This allowed the ground to conduct the deactivation of the onboard CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) at 12:50pm-5:50pm.

The crew completed their regular 2.5-hr. physical workout program (about half of which is used for setup & post-exercise personal hygiene) on the CEVIS cycle ergometer (FE-2), TVIS treadmill (CDR, FE-1), RED resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-1, FE-2) and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (CDR, FE-1).

Afterwards, Kononenko transferred the exercise data file to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) laptop for downlink, including the daily wristband HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) data of the workouts on RED, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

The CDR & FE-1 had their weekly PFCs (Private Family Conferences) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on an SSC laptop), Sergey at ~6:15am, Oleg at ~7:50am.

At ~4:05am EDT, Volkov & Kononenko joined in downlinking a PAO TV message of greetings to the participants of the 7th Russian Professional Skills Competition for the best Road Patrol (DPS) Officers in Moscow. [“…Today we have the best Road Patrol Service inspectors from entire Russia gathered here near Moscow. Participation in such a competition is already a victory for each officer. You represent your region, therefore, the responsibility is enormous. For the past two years you were persistently getting yourselves ready for this trial. That makes you and us very much alike: only the best trained and capable of making the right decisions in difficult situations are sent to space, since our nations’ prestige is on stake here…”]

At ~4:40am, Sergey & Oleg conducted a telephone conversation with Ekaterina Belograzova, editor of Rossiysky Kosmos Magazine. [“<0}{0>How much has your life changed after the arrival of such a large and dynamic team?<0} {0>Please evaluate your colleagues’ work.<0} {0>And what did you do during that time?”; “Most<0}{0> likely, you performed a thorough inspection of the Japanese module.<0} {0>Tell us about it.”; “<0}{0>Garret Reisman handed over to Gregory Chamitoff.<0} {0>Does he, by any chance, have Russian roots?<0} {0>Do you know him?<0} {0>Tell us in few words about him.”]

At ~11:50am, the crew tagged up with the Columbus Payload & Crew Operations Center (CADMOS) in Toulouse/France via S-band S/G audio channel to discuss upcoming COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) activities with ground personnel including Gilles Clement, the PI (Principal Investigator) of the new experiment 3D-SPACE. [CADMOS (Centre d’Aide au Developpement des activites en Micro-pesanteur et des Operations Spatiales) is a facility of the French space agency CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales), charged with helping user teams to prepare and develop experiments requiring microgravity environment (ISS, automated spacecraft, Airbus-0g, etc.). CADMOS, created in 1993 at CNES/Toulouse to support all French manned flights performed on-board the MIR station or Shuttle missions, combines center functions of mission control, operation and exploitation.]

At ~2:50pm, the crewmembers are scheduled for their regular weekly tagup with the Lead Flight Director at JSC/MCC-H, the first of the new 1J Stage.

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

CEO photography can be studied at this “Gateway” website: (as of 3/1/08, this database contained 757,605 views of the Earth from space, with 314,000 from the ISS alone).

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible.):
STS-124 Timeline

  • 6/13 – FD14 – Stowing; deorbit preps
  • 6/14 – FD15 – Deorbit burn

06/14/08 — STS-124/Discovery landing (KSC: 11:15am EDT – 1st opportunity; 2nd : 12:50pm).
07/10/08 — Russian EVA-20 (7/10-11)
09/05/08 — ATV1 undocking
09/09/08 — Progress M-64/29P undocking (from FGB nadir)
09/10/08 — Progress M-65/30P launch
09/12/08 — Progress M-65/30P docking
10/01/08 — NASA 50 Years
10/08/08 — STS-125/Atlantis Hubble Space Telescope Service Mission 4 (SM4)
10/11/08 — Progress M-65/30P undocking (from SM aft port)
10/12/08 — Soyuz TMA-13/17S launch
10/14/08 — Soyuz TMA-13/17S docking (SM aft port)
10/23/08 — Soyuz TMA-12/16S undocking (DC1 nadir)
11/03/08 — Soyuz TMA-13/17S relocation
11/10/08 — STS-126/Endeavour/ULF2 launch – MPLM Leonardo, LMC
11/12/08 — STS-126/Endeavour/ULF2 docking
11/20/08 — ISS 10 Years
11/26/08 — Progress M-66/31P launch
11/28/08 — Progress M-66/31P docking
12/04/08 — STS-119/Discovery/15A launch – S6 truss segment
12/06/08 — STS-119/Discovery/15A docking
12/15/08 — STS-119/Discovery/15A undocking
2QTR CY09 — STS-127/2J/A launch – JEM EF, ELM-ES, ICC-VLD
3QTR CY09 — STS-128/17A/Atlantis – MPLM(P), last crew rotation
05/??/09 — Six-person crew on ISS (following Soyuz 18S-2 docking)
3QTR CY09 — STS-129/ULF3/Discovery – ELC1, ELC2
4QTR CY09 — STS-130/20A/Endeavour – Node-3 + Cupola
1QTR CY10 — STS-131/19A/Atlantis – MPLM(P)
1QTR CY10 — STS-132/ULF4/Discovery – ICC-VLD, MRM1 (contingency)
2QTR CY10 — STS-133/ULF5/Endeavour – ELC3, ELC4 (contingency).

SpaceRef staff editor.