Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 June 2008

By SpaceRef Editor
June 19, 2008
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 June 2008

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.

Small sleep cycle shift:  The crew goes to sleep half an hour earlier tonight for a 30-min earlier wakeup tomorrow morning in support of the Orlan training exercise, enabling suit telemetry over RGS (Russian Groundsites).

Volkov & Kononenko completed the two-hour Part 2 of their second onboard “Profilaktika” (MBI-8, “Countermeasures”) series of preventive health maintenance fitness testing on the treadmill, assisting each other in turn. [Today’s fitness test was performed on the TVIS in unmotorized (idle) mode, with free choice of speeds within the range permitted. The test investigates the action mechanism and efficiency of various countermeasures (currently VELO and TVIS) aimed at preventing locomotor system disorders in weightlessness. The test differs from the normal TVIS session by the use of the TEEM-100 gas analyzer (via a mask equipped with a pneumotachometer sensor), measurement of blood lactate level and subjective evaluation of physical exertion levels during the test. The lactate blood samples were taken twice at the end of the session, using the ACCUSPORT analyzer and REFLOTRON-4 accessories. Results were entered on a log sheet. TEEM and ECG (electrocardiograph) data were transferred to the RSE-Med laptop, also on a tape cassette (Cardiocassette-2000), and prepared for later downlink via Regul-Packet comm.]

Sergey & Oleg also underwent their second periodic (generally monthly) health test with the cardiological experiment PZEh MO-1 (“Study of the Bioelectric Activity of the Heart at Rest”) on the TVIS (Treadmill with Vibration Isolation System). [During the 40-min. test, the crewmembers tagged up with ground specialists on an RGS (Russian ground site) pass on DO3 (~5:13am EDT) via VHF and downlinked data from the Gamma-1M ECG (electrocardiograph) for about 5-6 minutes.]

The CDR performed the periodic service of the active Russian BMP (Harmful Impurities Removal System) by starting the "bake-out" cycle to vacuum on absorbent bed #1 of the regenerable dual-channel filtration system. The regen process will be terminated before sleeptime, at ~4:20pm EDT. Regeneration of bed #2 follows tomorrow. [Regeneration of each of the two cartridges takes about 12 hours and is conducted only during crew awake periods. The BMP’s regeneration cycle is normally done every 20 days, currently more frequently (last time: 6/13-14).]

The crew conducted the regular fire drill/OBT (on-board training), a mandatory periodic one-hour exercise (including ground debrief conference). Primary goal of this Russian-led interactive exercise is to provide the station residents with the most realistic emergency training possible. The drill is always conducted with the support of both MCCs in close coordination. It should be performed every 2.5 months, but not later than 1 month prior to end of Increment. [OBT objectives are to (a) practice fire response procedures (FRPs) and all incorporated actions for the case of a software-detected fire to locate, extinguish, and verify extinguishing attempts; (b) browse through RS laptop and the Signal-VM fire detection system displays as well as the automated software (algorithms) response to the fire event; (c) practice crew communication necessary to perform emergency FRPs; (d) ensure familiarization with support equipment (CSA-CP compound specific analyzer-combustion products, PBAs portable breathing assemblies, PFE/OSP-4 portable fire extinguishers, and IPK-1M gas masks to be used for fire suppression. These exercises do not actually use any fire equipment but simulate such actions to the maximum extent possible. The Emergency Procedures OBT concluded with a 15-min. debrief with Russian/U.S. ground specialists at ~4:00am EDT via S-band.  The crew identified six Columbus locations where fireport labels did not match procedures; ESA is working to correct the discrepancies.]

The CDR & FE-1 continued their preparations for the Orlan EVA (#20) on 7/10 and tomorrow’s training exercise, performing further Orlan spacesuit activities in the DC1 “Pirs” Docking Compartment. 
After configuring the DC1 communications link to support their presence, Volkov & Kononenko today –

  • Completed individual fit sizing (central strap, lateral strap, hip strap, calf strap, arm cable and shoulder size, front & rear) on their suits  [#27 with red stripe for CDR, #26 with blue stripe for FE-1, #25 for recertification testing (life extension)],
  • Ran leak checks & valve functionality tests on the Orlans and their BSS interface units in the DC1 & SM PkhO (Service Module Transfer Compartment) from the EVA support panels (POV);
  • Performed leak checking on the backup bladder of suit #27, and
  • Conducted pressure checks on the SM BK-3 oxygen (O2) tanks and the BNP portable repress O2 tank in the DC-1 airlock module.

In the U.S. “Quest” Airlock, FE-2 Chamitoff continued post-EVA activities after 1J, closing down the regeneration of METOX (Metal Oxide) CO2 absorption canisters #0020 & #0021 started yesterday, terminating the 13-hr discharge process on the 16-volt EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) battery #2072 in the BCM-3 (Battery Charger Module 3) from yesterday and initiating the process on the second battery.    [BCM-4 is currently nonfunctional.  The discharge process, originally handled manually by a crewmember, is an automated procedure controlled from an A31p SSC (Station Support Computer) laptop with a special DOS application.] 

In Japan’s Kibo laboratory, Chamitoff readied the SCOF (Solution Crystallization Observation Facility) and PCRF (Protein Crystallization Research Facility) payloads for operation by connecting their video cables to the IPU (Image Processing Unit) and bus cables to the ISPR UIP (International Standard Payload Rack Utility Interface Panel).   [The SCOF cell exchange door was then opened for photography of the SCOF interior setup.]

The FE-2 also set up VAJ (Vacuum Access Jumper) connections from the Kibo WG (Waste Gas) and VV (Vacuum Vent) for initial VV exhaust gas activation.

The FE-1 performed potable water transfer from the Progress M-64/29P Rodnik tank #2 to several EDV containers in the SM, then compressed the tank #2 bladder. [After hooking up the plumbing connecting the 29P water tank with the SM and EDV containers, the water was transferred at first in self-flow (under its own tank pressure), then using an electric compressor pump. Rodnik tank #1 in 29P is already filled with urine.]

Chamitoff retrieved and stowed the four passive FMK (Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit) sampling assemblies deployed by him on 6/17 in the Lab (at P3, below CEVIS) and SM (at the most forward handrail, on panel 307), to catch any atmospheric formaldehyde on a collector substrate for subsequent analysis on the ground. [Two monitors each are usually attached side by side, preferably in an orientation with their faces perpendicular to the direction of air flow.]

After data download from the IWIS (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System, CDR Volkov restored the IWIS setup and stowed the equipment used for the download.

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 (17-0002L) 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 (29.1 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 prepared the second Icepac insertion into the MELFI (Minus Eighty Degree Laboratory Freezer for the ISS) in the Lab for upcoming sample stowage by retrieving two -32deg Icepac belts (#00070645J & #00062959J) from stowage and inserting them in Sections 3 & 4 of Tray A in Dewar 3.    [First insertion: 6/17.]

Volkov completed the routine maintenance of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM, including ASU toilet facilities systems/replaceables.

Sergey 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).

The CDR had 30 min reserved for transferring trash to the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) and loading it aboard, guided by an uplinked cargo transfer list and stowage map (to ensure proper center-of-gravity positioning for post-undocking control).

The crew 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 (CDR/MBI-8, FE-1/MBI-8), and RED resistive exercise device (FE-2).

Afterwards, Gregory 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).

Still remaining on the voluntary task list item for Kononenko & Volkov today was an audit of expired Expedition 16 food rations, with repacking & preparation of food packages for disposal on the ATV. [To clear storage space for cargo items delivered on Progress M-64/29P.]

At ~12:45pm EDT, Flight Engineer Chamitoff participated in a live interactive PAO TV interview with KNTV-TV, San Jose, CA (Brent Cannon, Laura Garcia-Cannon) from the Node-2.    [Greg has spent his early years in San Jose.]

At ~1:05pm, CDR Volkov downlinked a crew message of congratulations to Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Commander of ISS Expedition 9 in 2004, who turns 50 on Saturday (6/21).

OUM-PFE Postponement:    Today’s scheduled preparations for Gregory’s first session with the OUM-PFE (Oxygen Uptake Measurement – Periodic Fitness Evaluation) were postponed due to some corrosion observed in oxygen bottle pressure gauges on the ground, resulting in metallic debris.   [The bottles are part of the GDS (Gas Delivery System) in the HRF-2 (Human Research Facility 2) ground analog, and the O2 is used to support OUM to evaluate crew health.  The O2 bottles will not be used until safety concerns due to possible FOD (Foreign Object Debris) in the O2 lines can be addressed.]

ATV Reboost Update: The ISS reboost with the ATV1 “Jules Verne” OCS (main propulsion) thrusters 1 & 3 was started at 2:41am EDT for 20 min 5 s and completed nominally.  Actual Delta-V was 4.02 m/s vs. 4.02 m/s planned, resulting in a mean altitude increase of 7.04 km (3.80 nmi). Purpose of the reboost maneuver was altitude maintenance. ISS attitude control authority was handed over to RS MCS (Motion Control System) at 1:00am for the subsequent maneuver to reboost attitude at 1:05pm. After the burn, the station was turned back to TEA (Torque Equilibrium Attitude) and returned to US Momentum Management at ~3:40am.     [ATV “Jules Verne” has now successfully demonstrated all nominal functions intended for it (rendezvous & docking, cargo delivery, water transfer, propellant transfer, waste containment, and reboost) except for undocking and reentry.]

MT Translation:   A move of the Mobile Transporter from WS-6 (Worksite 6) to WS-4 is planned for tomorrow (9:58am-11:28am EDT).

Russian Orlan EVA:   Planning is underway for the Russian EVA-20 from the DC1 on 7/10.  If approved by the Partners, outboard activities by Volkov & Kononenko will include an inspection of the Soyuz TMA-12/16S docked at the DC1 nadir port and retrieval of a pyro bolt.  The possibility of a second EVA about 4-5 days later is being kept in abeyance.

CEO (Crew Earth Observations) photo targets uplinked for today were Yellow River Delta (although deltas typically have some cloud cover it looks like there should have been enough clear patches to take photos of this very dynamic delta.  The Yellow River is the second-longest river in China.  The Yellow River is called "the cradle of Chinese civilization" since its basin is the birthplace of the northern Chinese civilizations and was the most prosperous region in early Chinese history.  The time series imagery of this region available to CEO researchers shows a delta that is highly dynamic, changing its course recently because of human induced changes.  Context views of the delta were requested), Karakoram (this is an extensively glaciated area with some of the world’s longest mountain valley glaciers and elevations in the 20,000 to 29,000 ft range.  This range spans the borders between Pakistan, China and India.  Karakoram means "black gravel" in Turkic, as many of the glaciers are covered in rubble.  K2, the second highest peak in the world is located within this mountain range.  Documenting the extent of the glaciers.  Context and overlapping views were requested), Santa Barbara Coast, California (the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research [LTER] is located in the coastal zone of southern California near Santa Barbara.  It is bounded by the steep east-west trending Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal plain to the north and the unique Northern Channel Islands archipelago to the south.  Point Conception, where the coast of California returns to a north to south orientation, lies at the western boundary, and the Santa Clara River marks its eastern edge.  The site lies on the active boundary of the Pacific Oceanic Plate and the North American Continental Plate.  High levels of tectonic activity have created dramatic elevation gradients in both the terrestrial and the underwater landscapes of the site.  Of interest are the effects of population and land use on this region.  Overlapping images were requested), and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (Yellowstone NP is located mostly in the state of Wyoming, though some of it extends into Montana and Idaho.  CEO researchers are currently monitoring the vegetation in the park on a seasonal basis.  Regional views of the park were requested).

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, 9:55am EDT [= epoch]):
Mean altitude — 345.8 km
Apogee height — 351.7 km
Perigee height — 340.0 km
Period — 91.45 min.
Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
Eccentricity — 0.0008744
Solar Beta Angle — -27.7 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.74
Mean altitude gain in the last 24 hours — 7040 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 54890

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible.):
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
02/12/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A launch – S6 truss segment
02/14/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A docking
02/23/09 — 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.