Status Report

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 30 October 2008

By SpaceRef Editor
October 30, 2008
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 30 October 2008

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

CDR Fincke set up the camcorder equipment for taking video of FE-2 Chamitoff performing his first session of the general U.S. MedOps PFE (Periodic Fitness Evaluation) program on the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation), filmed via VTR (Video Tape Recorder). [The footage was downlinked afterwards for biomechanical evaluation of the exercising crewmember and assessment of the on-orbit setup of equipment during data collection and hardware status.]

The FE-2 then completed the PFE protocol, a monthly 1.5-hr. procedure which checks up on blood pressure and electrocardiogram (ECG) during programmed exercise on the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation) in the Lab. Readings were taken with the BP/ECG (blood pressure/electrocardiograph) and the HRM (heart rate monitor) watch with its radio transmitter. Fincke, who had completed the session yesterday, assisted as CMO (Crew Medical Officer). The video equipment was later stowed and MCC-Houston informed that the video could be downlinked. [BP/ECG provides automated noninvasive systolic and diastolic blood pressure measurements while also monitoring and displaying accurate heart rates on a continual basis at rest and during exercise.]

The SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) was maneuvered by Robotics ground controllers as part of the ongoing ULF2 pre-launch checkout. [The SSRMS Tip LEE (Latching End Effector) released the MBS PDGF-1 (Mobile Base System/Power & Data Grapple Fixture) and maneuvered to the ESP3 (External Stowage Platform #3) park position. The SSRMS is now in position to start the ESP3 relocation operations next Wednesday. Today’s operations also included diagnostic checks on the SSRMS joints and LEE B. Systems performance was nominal, and the activity was completed ahead of schedule. ESP3 relocation to the MCAS (MBS Common Attach System) is scheduled for next Wednesday.]

All three crewmembers performed the standard Emergency Egress Drill. [This is a standard training exercise conducted to familiarize the crew with the location of emergency equipment (including hatches and passageways), focusing particularly on the passage along the emergency evacuation route.]

The HTV (H-II Transfer Vehicle) PROX system checkout continued today with the HTV-CC (Control Center) successfully performing the Range & Range Rate checkout. At the end of the test the BSP (Baseband Signal Processor) was switched back to the A side in preparation for the Heartbeat FDIR (Fault Detection, Isolation, & Recovery) test tomorrow.

Mike Fincke & Greg Chamitoff continued to prepack hardware for return in the MPLM (Multi-Purpose Logistics Module).

Mike & Gregory also successfully completed their RPM (R-Bar Pitch Maneuver) Skills Training by photographing CEO (Crew Earth Observation) targets.

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 TVIS treadmill (CDR, FE-1, FE-2), RED resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-2), and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (FE-1).

Afterwards, Mike 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).

Yuri completed the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS). [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.]

Lonchakov also handled 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).

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible.):
11/02/08 — Progress 30P reboost; Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends
11/14/08 — STS-126/Endeavour/ULF2 launch – MPLM Leonardo, LMC; 7:55pm EST;
11/16/08 — STS-126/Endeavour/ULF2 docking
11/20/08 — ISS 10 Years
11/25/08 — Progress M-65/30P undocking & deorbit
11/26/08 — Progress M-66/31P launch
11/29/08 — STS-126/Endeavour/ULF2 landing (~2:00 pm EST est.)
11/30/08 — Progress M-66/31P docking
02/09/09 — Progress M-66/31P undocking & deorbit
02/10/09 — Progress M-67/32P launch
02/12/09 — Progress M-67/32P docking
02/12/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A launch – S6 truss segment
02/14/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A docking
02/24/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A undocking
02/26/09 — STS-119/Discovery/15A landing (nominal)
03/25/09 — Soyuz TMA-14/18S launch
03/27/09 — Soyuz TMA-14/18S docking (DC1)
04/05/09 — Soyuz TMA-13/17S undocking
04/07/09 — Progress M-67/32P undocking & deorbit
05/15/09 — STS-127/Endeavour/2J/A launch – JEM EF, ELM-ES, ICC-VLD
05/25/09 — Soyuz TMA-15/19S launch
05/27/09 — Six-person crew on ISS (following Soyuz 19S docking)
07/30/09 — STS-128/Atlantis/17A – MPLM (P), last crew rotation
10/15/09 — STS-129/Discovery/ULF3 – ELC1, ELC2
12/10/09 — STS-130/Endeavour/20A – Node-3 + Cupola
02/11/10 — STS-131/Atlantis/19A – MPLM(P)
04/08/10 — STS-132/Discovery/ULF4 – ICC-VLD, MRM1
05/31/10 — STS-133/Endeavour/ULF5 – ELC3, ELC4 (contingency).

SpaceRef staff editor.