Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 16 June 2008

By SpaceRef Editor
June 16, 2008
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 16 June 2008

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. >>>Today 45 years ago (June 16, 1963), Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova became the first woman to orbit the earth. Launched on Vostok 6, Mayor General Tereshkova (Codename Chaika, “Seagull”), 26 years old at that time, orbited the earth 48 times in 2d 22h 50m.<<< Underway: Week 9 of Increment 17.

FE-2 Chamitoff ended his FD15 session with the NASA/JSC experiment NUTRITION w/Repository, his first, by collecting a final urine sample upon wakeup for storage in the MELFI (Minus-Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS). The sampling kit was then stowed away. Greg’s next NUTRITION activity will be the FD30 session. [The current NUTRITION project is the most comprehensive in-flight study done by NASA to date of human physiologic changes during long-duration space flight. It includes measures of bone metabolism, oxidative damage, nutritional assessments, and hormonal changes, expanding the previous Clinical Nutritional Assessment profile (MR016L) testing in three ways: Addition of in-flight blood & urine collection (made possible by MELFI), normative markers of nutritional assessment, and a return session plus 30-day (R+30) session to allow evaluation of post-flight nutrition and implications for rehabilitation.]

In the Service Module (SM), FE-1 Kononenko readied the newly installed Russian BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 ("Plants-2") experiment, replacing the root module with a new one from stowage, filling the KDV water canister, loading new software and running a hardware test, then starting the experiment. [Rasteniya-2, researches growth and development of plants (peas) under spaceflight conditions in the Lada-13 greenhouse from IBMP (Institute of Bio-Medical Problems, Russian: IMBP). During its operation, the experiment requires regular daily maintenance of the experiment involving monitoring of seedling growth, humidity measurements, moistening of the substrate if necessary, and photo/video recording.]

CDR Volkov prepared for today’s half-day wearing test of the spring-loaded “Penguin-3” antigravity pressure/stress suit with its load measuring system (SIN), calibrating the SIN, donning the suit and its equipment, then going about his regular daily activities and downloading performance measurements several times. Test close-out was at ~9:00am EDT. [After each download, Sergey selected higher symmetrical (shoulders) & asymmetrical (chest & back) loads (~20-30 kgf), plus 2.5-4 kgf on the stirrups, after calibrating the system with no load on the suit’s internal tension straps. Performance/body motion data were then collected by the SIN electronics (via analog-to-digital converters) and downloaded to an A31p laptop three times, followed by downlink to the ground via BSR-TM.]

Performing maintenance on the Russian SKV-2 air conditioner, the CDR set up the manual pump assembly (SRN) and flushed (wetted) the evaporator wicks of the BTA heat exchanger. Afterwards, the plumbing circuit was disassembled and removed again. [Condensate collection continues to be performed by the U.S. CCAA (Common Cabin Air Assembly).]

To provide cooling for ground-commanded activation of the U.S. CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly), Greg Chamitoff connected the regular ITCS LTL (Internal Thermal Control System/Low Temperature Loop) coolant jumper connection to the LAB1D6 rack. [CDRA activation took place at 7:45am-8:45am EDT.]

The ground also commanded activation of the EHS VOA (Environmental Health System/Volatile Organic Analyzer) for a 4-hr sampling run. [Nitrogen (N2) consumption: 4-6 mL/min, power consumption: 220W peak, 160W avg.]

With the CDRA running, the FE-2 worked in the A/L (Airlock) to initiate regeneration/”bake-out” on the second set of METOX (Metal Oxide) CO2 filtration canisters used during the recent EVA Campouts (#0011, #0007).

Performing more outfitting in the Japanese Kibo laboratory, Chamitoff exchanged the PPRVs (Positive Pressure Relief Valves) in the JLP (JEM Logistics Pressurized Section) deck hatch and JPM (JEM Pressurized Module) overhead hatch with the standard MPEVs (Manual Pressure Equalization Valves) and checked their functionality. [Between the two hatches is the JPM/JLP transfer tunnel (vestibule).]

Also in the Kibo JPM, Greg installed Monitor #1 in the WS (Workstation) Rack on the overhead side. [The SLT (Station Laptop Terminal) assembled as MKAM (Minimum Keep Alive Monitor) was already functioning in Node-2 for JLP access.]

Continuing the current round of regular preventive maintenance of RS (Russian Segment) ventilation systems, Volkov cleaned the protective TsV1 fan screen in the FGB.

In the SM, after configuring an electric pump with water transfer hoses & pressure adapter, Kononenko transferred water from the WDS (Water Delivery System) tanks of the ATV1 “Jules Verne” to four EDV containers.

In the DC1 (Docking Module), Sergey Volkov set up and initiated charging on an Orlan 825M3 battery pack from FGB stowage, preparatory to tomorrow’s scheduled Orlan spacesuit activations and checkout.

The three crewmembers performed a two-hour JEM (JPM+JLP) New Module “Delta” Emergency Procedure Drill, tailored for the new addition to the station. [Purpose of the “Delta” OBT (Onboard Training) exercise, mandatory at no later than 7-10 days after arrival of the new module, was to familiarize the crew with JEM hardware and valves used in emergency situations and with the new Ammonia Detection Kit location, hardware and cue cards, and to review new, stand-alone JEM emergency procedures, including the “big picture” changes to the existing emergency procedures due to the new module addition. For example: the increased station volume increases the ISS reserve time in case of a leak (to ~1725 min, from ~1423 min); additional equipment safing would be required; the sequence of closing hatches for USOS (US Segment) leak checks will be impacted; more volume is now available for utilizing USOS atmosphere for RS (Russian Segment) leaks; while the automated response to a Rapid Depress situation for JEM is consistent with the automated response for the other USOS modules, although automatically commanded JEM hardware is added, etc. JEM has two ATUs (Audio Terminal Units) and two C&W (Caution & Warning) panels each on the JPM JEMRMS and WS racks. JLP does not have an ATU or C&W panel.]

The CDR & FE-1 conducted the periodic (monthly) functional closure test of the Vozdukh CO2 removal system’s spare emergency vacuum valves (AVK), in the spare parts kit. [The AVKs are critical because they close the Vozdukh’s vacuum access lines in the event of a malfunction in the regular vacuum valves (BVK) or a depressurization in the Vozdukh valve panel (BOA). Access to vacuum is required to vent CO2 during the regeneration of the absorbent cartridges (PP). During nominal operation, the AVK valves remain open.]

Volkov repeated the data download from the IWIS RSU (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System Remote Sensor Unit, #1027) in the SM after the failed first attempt on FD11 during 1J. [The download configuration was then disassembled and the hardware stowed.]

In the SM, Oleg took the periodic readings of potentially harmful atmospheric contaminants with the CMS (Countermeasure System) component of the GANK-4M Real-Time Harmful Contaminant Gas Analyzer suite which uses preprogrammed microchips to measure H2CO (Formaldehyde, methanal), CO (Carbon Monoxide) and NH3 (Ammonia), taking one measurement per microchip. [CMS is a subsystem of the Russian SKDS Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System.]

Sergey completed the routine maintenance of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM, 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, replacement of the KOV EDV at the SKV-2 air conditioner for the Elektron-intended water, and processing U.S. condensate water as it becomes available in a filled CWC from the Lab humidifier.]

The CDR also performed the daily IMS (Inventory Management System) maintenance, updating/editing its standard “delta file” including stowage locations, for the regular weekly automated export/import to its three databases on the ground (Houston, Moscow, Baikonur).

Chamitoff completed the regular monthly & quarterly maintenance of the TVIS (Treadmill with Vibration Isolation & Stabilization), inspecting the condition of harnesses, belt slats, corner bracket ropes, IRBAs (Isolation Restorative Bungee Assemblies) and gyroscope wire ropes for any damage or defects, lubricating as required plus recording time & date values.

The three crewmembers conducted 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 (FE-1), RED resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-1, FE-2), and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (CDR, FE-1).

Afterwards, Greg 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 new FE-2 again had about an hour for himself for general orientation (station familiarization & acclimatization) as is standard daily rule for fresh crewmembers for the first two weeks after starting station residence.

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).

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 5:28am EDT [= epoch]):
Mean altitude — 339.1 km
Apogee height — 342.8 km
Perigee height — 335.3 km
Period — 91.31 min.
Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
Eccentricity — 0.0005557
Solar Beta Angle — -23.5 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.77
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours — 75 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 54840

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible.):
06/19/08 — ATV1 Reboost (delta-V ~ 4 m/s)
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.