Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 17 June 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
June 17, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 17 June 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Today the crew is enjoying a general rest day — in view of tomorrow’s irregular schedule plus sleep cycle shift due to Progress 18 arrival.

After wake-up tomorrow morning at the regular 2:00am EDT, sleep time will begin already at 10:00am, lasting thru 4:30pm. The crew will then work during the night to Sunday from 4:30pm to 2:00am.

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Last night, Progress M-53 (18P) launched flawlessly on time (7:09pm EDT) with resupply from Baikonur/Kazakhstan, when the ISS, having passed directly overhead, was leading by a phase angle of 248 degrees. After normal separation of the first, second and third stage of the Soyuz-U rocket, antennas and solar arrays deployed nominally at orbit insertion (7:18pm). With that, the new cargo ship, of ~7200 kg mass, with over 2000 kg of cargo, is on its way to rendezvous with ISS. [At orbit insertion, Progress unfolded two solar arrays, four Kurs antennas, one TORU/Rassvet-M antenna and one telemetry antenna. Later, the SSh docking probe was extended, followed by a 6-min long self-test of both subsets of the Kurs-A MCS (motion control system) including the Klest TV system. Two major orbit adjustment burns were executed overnight, DV1 (21.61m/s) at 10:55pm and DV2 (3.34 m/s) at 11:40pm. DV3 is scheduled for tonight at ~8:55pm, followed by Progress Kurs-A activation and self-test on Saturday (7:05pm). As Kurs-A and Kurs-P (on SM) confer and “compare notes”, Klest TV camera & floodlight are turned on at 8 km (~8:06pm) and three successive braking burns lead into flyaround mode (400 m), stationkeeping (170 m, ~8:34pm), and final approach (~8:35pm). After the two-day “chaser” flight, 18P will dock at the SM aft end tomorrow night at ~8:44pm. Its 2.5 tons of cargo includes supplies for the ISS crew (food, batteries, office supplies, and clothes), water, oxygen, air, KOH electrolyte for the Elektron, new spares, software upgrades on CD-ROMs, gear for US & Russian science experiments, propellants, and other critically required items that were approved for the manifest.]

The Expedition 11 crew performed the regular weekly 3-hr task of thorough station cleaning, wearing protective garment. This is normally done on Saturdays but was pulled forward to relieve tomorrow’s schedule. [“Uborka” includes removal of food waste products, cleaning of compartments with vacuum cleaner, wet cleaning of the Service Module (SM) dining table and other surfaces with “Fungistat” disinfectant and cleaning fan screens to avoid temperature rises.]

CDR Krikalev worked on the failed Russian laptop 1 (LT1), switching its HDD (hard disk drive) #6137 with another HDD (#6101) from LT3. Further testing was to follow.

FE/SO Phillips completed the regular weekly maintenance reboot on all operational PCS (portable computer system) laptops.

John also filled out the regular weekly FFQ (food frequency questionnaire), his seventh, which keeps a log of his nutritional intake over time on special MEC (medical equipment computer) software. [With the updated MEC software, John is using a new “personalized” file that reflects the food flown for his Increment. The FFQ records amounts consumed during the past week of such food items as beverages, cereals, grains, eggs, breads, snacks, sweets, fruit, beans, soup, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat, chicken, sauces & spreads, and vitamins. IBMP (Institute of Biomedical Problems)-recommended average daily caloric value of the crew’s food intake is 2200-2300 cal. If larger quantities of juices and fruits are taken into account, the value can go to 2400-2500 cal.]

Sergei took care of 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.

Working off his voluntary task list for today, the CDR conducted the regular daily inspection of the BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 experiment and recharged its water tank.

Both crewmembers completed 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).

Last night’s restart of the Russian SM Central Computer (TsVM) successfully reintegrated its three channels that had been going on and off line recently. But due to a discontinuity between the SM TsVM and the FGB fire alarm system a false FGB fire annunciation was set off. This has happened before. After the crew confirmed that there was no fire or smoke, TsUP/Moscow worked with the crew to reset the sensors and other equipment in the Russian segment.

As part of systems safing after the false FGB fire alarm, external power was automatically removed from the FGB’s PCS laptop. Instead of remaining On for a while on battery power, it also lost internal power and shut down. This may indicate a bad battery. Troubleshooting of the laptop is underway.

Last night’s checkout of the CBM (Common Berthing Mechanism) on the Node’s port side was successful in verifying that the four CPAs (Controller Panel Assemblies) are operating nominally before two of them are removed for the PMA-3 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 3) ops scheduled for next week (6/22).

Today’s CEO (crew earth observations) photo targets, in the current LVLH attitude no longer limited by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, were Internal waves, Gulf of Alaska (the northern solstice puts the glint point north of track at the top of the orbit for a few weeks of the year. Within the cloud free slot over the SE part of the gulf, the crew was to shoot a mapping series forward and slightly left of track in the vicinity of the glint point), Central-Arizona Phoenix (mapping series requested at nadir along the flight path for the length of this LTER monitoring site [Long Term Environmental Research, see 5/14 Status report]. The path crossed just north of Phoenix. Human impacts are sufficiently rapid in these sites. Repeated imaging is a critical part of the experimental design), and Internal waves, Sea of Okhotsk (a mapping series from the coast of Sakhalin Island eastward, following the glint point [looking forward and slightly left] was requested. Including a coastline or island helps to fix image center points).

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, 8:04am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 350.6 km
  • Apogee height — 353.1 km
  • Perigee height — 347.9 km
  • Period — 91.55 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0003806
  • Solar Beta Angle — 18.2 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.73
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 65
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 37573

Some Increment 11 Main Events (not final):

  • 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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