Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 June 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
June 13, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 June 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Today Russia has a holiday, in observance of its Independence Day (June 12).  Ahead: Week 8 for Increment 11.

The crew conducted final preparations for Wednesday s undocking of Progress 17, first by stowing remaining Russian and US trash & disposable gear in the cargo ship-turned-garbage can, supported by the IMS (Inventory Management System) and ground tagup, then installing the docking mechanism (SSVP) in the hatchway between 17P and the Service Module (SM) aft end.  [The SSVP is the “classic” probe-and-cone type, consisting of an active docking assembly (ASA) with a probe (SSh), which fits into the cone (SK) on the passive docking assembly (PSA). The ASA is mounted on the Progress’ cargo module (GrO), while the PSA sits on the docking ports of the SM, FGB and DC-1. 17P will separate from the ISS at 4:13pm EDT and reenter over the Pacific Ocean at ~7:51pm the same day.]

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Afterwards, assisted by FE/SO Phillips, CDR Krikalev removed electronic equipment from 17P, to be returned and recycled. TsUP/Moscow, via RGS (Russian ground site), was then ready to initiate charging of the Progress primary and reserve batteries from the SM EPS (electrical power system), as required.  [After Central Computer control was transferred from 17P thrusters to SM yaw, pitch and roll thrusters, the US-21 matching unit and SKV-2 dehumidifier were deactivated, followed by disconnecting the cables of the BITS 2-12 onboard telemetry measurement system and turning off its VD-SU monitoring mode. The crew then unbolted and removed the Progress US-21 in its container box. BITS and SKV-2 were later reactivated. The US-21, with its associated commutator gear, provides the electronic interface between the SM and the Progress for SM computer control of Progress propulsion. When a Progress is undocked and jettisoned, the valuable electronics are retained in storage, to be recycled on a future vehicle.]

Working on the HRF (Human Research Facility) rack, John Phillips conducted the periodic checkout of the MedOps cardiac defibrillator. (Last time done: 5/4).   [This periodic routine task is scheduled as soon as possible from Expedition start and every 60 days thereafter. For the checkout, the defib is connected to the 120V outlet, equipped with its battery (currently #1012) and then allowed to charge, for about five seconds, to a preset energy level (e.g., 100 joules). After the button-triggered discharge, a console indicator signals success or failure of the test. The pacing signal is downlinked via S-band for 2 min. The HRF is powered down afterwards.]

Krikalev performed the periodic maintenance chore of changing out major components of the SM toilet system (ASU), then checked out the ASU.  [Replaced with new units were the U-receptacle (MP) and filter insert (F-V). The old items were logged in the IMS (Inventory Management System) database and stowed for disposal. (Last time done: 4/28).]

The FE handled the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh environment control & life support system, today including the weekly inspection of the BRPK air/liquid condensate separator apparatus.

John also prepared the regular IMS delta file for automated export/import to the IMS databases.

At his discretion for today, Sergei had two tasks on his “time permitting” work list. The first was another session with the “Uragan” (hurricane) earth-imaging program, focusing the Nikon D1X No. 3 digital camera with 800-mm lens on targets called out on an uplinked list.  [Today’s targets included a detailed route survey when ISS passed passing over Moldova, Crimean mountains from N to S, mud volcanoes of the Taman Peninsula, detailed photography of the entire coast of Krasnodar Region and Georgia up to Batumi, the Kura River valley curving to the left to Bakurchan and Tbilisi, mountains enveloping Sivan Lake from N, mountains of the Caspian Sea s S coast, Teheran in nadir, and the coastal strip in western Kamchatka from nadir to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Bay.]

As second “job jar” suggestion, the CDR conducted the regular daily inspection of the BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 experiment, including filling its water canister as required.  [Rasteniya (“plants”) researches growth and development of plants (currently horse radish) under spaceflight conditions in the Lada-7 greenhouse.]

Both crewmembers worked out in their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the TVIS treadmill, RED resistive machine and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer.  [Sergei s daily protocol prescribes a strict four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the treadmill and one hour on VELO plus load trainer (today: Day 1 of a new set).]

Afterwards, the FE transferred the exercise data files to the MEC for downlink, as well as 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).

Overnight, a primary local digital commutator (LKTs #2V36) in the SM failed, shutting down the Vozdukh CO2 scrubber and the BMP micropurification unit, which both share this commutator. Vozdukh was reactivated in manual mode and is operating properly. BMP remains off, and TsUP/Moscow plans to switch to the backup LKTs in the next few days, which will allow BMP restart.  [The LKTs are part of the BITS2-12 onboard telemetry measurement system. They receive and transmit (to the local analog commutator, LKA) digitized data coming from different types of digital sensors.]

No CEO (crew earth observation) targets today.

CEO photography can be viewed and studied at the websites:

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at:

To view the latest photos taken by the expedition 11 crew visit:

Expedition 11 Flight Crew Plans can be found at

Previous NASA ISS On-orbit Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Station Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports can be found here. A collection of all of these reports and other materials relating to Return to Flight for the Space Shuttle fleet can be found here.

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ISS Orbit  (as of this morning, 6:29am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 351.0 km
  • Apogee height — 353.9 km
  • Perigee height — 348.1 km
  • Period — 91.56 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0004346
  • Solar Beta Angle — 0.3 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.73
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 95
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 37509

Some Increment 11 Main Events (not final):

  • Progress M-52 (17P) undock — 6/15 (4:13pm EDT);
  • Progress M-52 (17P) atmospheric entry — 6/15 (7.51pm EDT);
  • Progress M-53 (18P) launch — 6/16 (7:09pm EDT, Baikonur: 6/17, 5:09am)
  • Progress M-53 (18P) dock — 6/18 (8:44pm EDT);
  • PMA-3 depress — 6/22 (4:50am EDT);
  • Reboost — 6/29 (4:21pm, delta-V 2.3 m/s);
  • LF-1/STS-114 launch — NET 7/13 (18-day window opens);
  • LF-1/STS-114 dock — NET 7/15 (adding 110,713 kg to ISS mass);
  • Soyuz TMA-6 (10S) relocate (from DC-1 to FGB) — ~8/17;
  • Progress M-54 (19P) launch — 8/24 (dock 8/26);
  • ULF1.1/STS-121 launch — NET 9/9 (launch window opens);
  • 12A/STS-115 launch — NET 2/16/06;
  • 12A.1/STS-116 launch — NET 4/23/06;
  • 13A/STS-117 launch — NET 7/13/06.

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For more on ISS orbit and worldwide ISS naked-eye visibility dates/times, see In addition, information on International Space Station sighting opportunities can be found at on NASA’s Human Spaceflight website. The current location of the International Space Station can be found at at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Additional satellite tracking resources can be found at

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