Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 May 2009

By SpaceRef Editor
May 3, 2009
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 May 2009
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 3 May 2009

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday – off-duty day for CDR Padalka, FE-1 Barratt, FE-2 Wakata. Ahead: Week 5 of Increment 19.

FE-1 Barratt continued his first session of sleep logging for the experiment SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight) from his Actiwatch to the HRF-1 (Human Research Facility 1) laptop as part of a week-long run. This is similar to Barratt’s BCD (Baseline Data Collection) which was performed pre-flight for comparison. [To monitor the crewmember’s sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, Dr. Mike wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by them as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout the Expedition and uses the payload software for data logging and filling in questionnaire entries in the experiment’s laptop session file on the HRF-1 laptop. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days.]

Barratt performed the daily status check on the BCAT4 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test 4) science payload, running by itself since 5/2. [The status check, conducted on the last image taken by the DCS 760 digital still camera which is controlled by EarthKAM software on an A31p laptop, is to verify proper image focus and camera alignment. The SSC (Station Support Computer) is taking photography of the phase separation occurring in the BCAT Sample 3, with the photo flash going off every half hour.]

Padalka performed the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM (Service Module), including the weekly collection of the toilet flush (SP) counter and water supply (SVO) readings for calldown to TsUP-Moscow. Additionally, Gennady checked up on the Russian POTOK-150MK (150 micron) air filter unit of the SM’s SOGS air revitalization subsystem, gathering weekly data on total operating time & “On” durations for reporting to TsUP-Moscow. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers and replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers.]

Gennady also conducted the periodic checkup behind panel 139 in the SM on a fluid connector (MNR-NS) of the SM-U urine collection system, looking for potential moisture.

At ~4:20pm EDT, Mike Barratt will have his weekly PFC (Private Family Conferences), via S-band/audio & Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on an SSC laptop).

The crew completed their regular daily 2.5-hr. physical workout program (about half of which is used for setup & post-exercise personal hygiene) on the TVIS treadmill (CDR, FE-1, FE-2) and ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-1, FE-2).

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

CEO photography can be studied at this “Gateway” website: (as of 9/1/08, this database contained 770,668 views of the Earth from space, with 324,812 from the ISS alone).

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 8:52am EDT [= epoch])

Mean altitude — 351.5 km

Apogee height – 357.7 km

Perigee height — 345.4 km

Period — 91.57 min.

Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg

Eccentricity — 0.0009174

Solar Beta Angle — 42.6 deg (magnitude increasing)

Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72

Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours — 40 m

Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 59892

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible!):

05/06/09 — Progress M01M/32P undocking & deorbit

05/07/09 — Progress M-02M/33P launch (on Soyuz-U, 51st rocket of this type)

05/11/09 — STS-125/Atlantis Hubble Space Telescope Service Mission 4 (SM4)

05/12/09 — Progress M-02M/33P docking

05/27/09 — Soyuz TMA-15/19S launch

05/29/09 — Soyuz TMA-15/19S docking (FGB nadir)

Six-person crew on ISS

06/05/09 — Russian EVA-22

06/10/09 — Russian EVA-23

06/13/09 — STS-127/Endeavour/2J/A launch – JEM EF, ELM-ES, ICC-VLD

07/17/09 – Progress M-02M/33P undock & deorbit

07/20/09 — Soyuz TMA-14/18S relocation (from SM aft to DC1)

07/24/09 — Progress 34P launch

07/26/09 — Progress 34P docking (SM aft)

08/06/09 — STS-128/Discovery/17A – MPLM (P), LMC

09/01/09 — H-IIB (JAXA HTV-1) launch – tentative

09/07/09 — H-IIB (JAXA HTV-1) berth

09/30/09 — Soyuz TMA-16/20S launch

10/02/09 — Soyuz TMA-16/20S docking (SM aft, until MRM2 w/new port)

10/08/09 — H-IIB (JAXA HTV-1) unberth

10/11/09 – Soyuz TMA-14/18S undock

10/15/09 — Progress 35P launch

11/10/09 — 5R/MRM2 (Russian Mini Research Module, MIM2) on Proton — tentative

11/12/09 — STS-129/Atlantis/ULF3 – ELC1, ELC2

12/07/09 — Soyuz TMA-17/21S launch

12/26/09 — Progress 36P launch

02/03/10 — Progress 37P launch

02/??/10 — STS-130/Endeavour/20A – Node-3 + Cupola — tentative

02/11/10 — STS-131/Atlantis/19A – MPLM(P), LMC — tentative

04/02/10 — Soyuz TMA-18/22S launch

04/08/10 — STS-132/Discovery/ULF4 – ICC-VLD, MRM1 — tentative

04/27/10 — Progress 38P launch

05/29/10 — Soyuz TMA-19/23S launch

05/31/10 — STS-133/Endeavour/ULF5 – ELC3, ELC4 — tentative

06/??/10 – ATV2 – Ariane 5 (ESA)

06/25/10 — Progress 39P launch

08/11/10 — Progress 40P launch

09/29/10 — Soyuz TMA-20/24S launch

12/??/11 — Proton 3R/MLM w/ERA.

10/19/10 — Progress 41P launch

12/??/11 – 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – on Proton.

SpaceRef staff editor.