Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 July 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
July 28, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 July 2005

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

STS-114/Discovery docked smoothly at the ISS/PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adapter-2) port on time at 7:18am EDT, and the station now hosts nine occupants once again. 

On this busy day for both ISS and Shuttle crews, Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips woke up at 11:39pm last night, the same time as the Shuttle crew.  

Before the docking, CDR Krikalev performed final communications configuration checks, while FE/SO Phillips connected the UOP DCP (utility outlet panel/display & control panel) bypass power cable at the Lab RWS (Robotics Work Station) for the Robotics/SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) video coverage of the docking and the LF-1 transfer operations scheduled for tomorrow.

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The FE also supported the activation of the Lab’s CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) and the Airlock’s CCAA (common cabin air assembly) air conditioner by ground commanding.

Sergei meanwhile completed the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh environment control & life support system and prepared the IMS “delta” file for automated export/import top the three IMS databases.

The CDR took care of the regular weekly maintenance reboot on the operational PCS (Portable Computer System) laptops and the bi-monthly restart of the OCA comm router SSC (Station Support Computer) laptop. 

Both crewmembers conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the CEVIS cycle ergometer, 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 2 of a new set).]

Afterwards, John transferred the exercise data files to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) 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).

Later, the CDR conducted final comm checks with the crew’s headsets for the RPM (Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver) and completed preparations for photo and video coverage of the docking from the ISS external and internal cameras.

The flawless docking by Shuttle CDR Eileen Collins, piloting the Orbiter from the aft flight deck control stick, took place at 7:18am, four minutes before local sunrise.  The final Go for docking was given by MCC-H to the Discovery crew at 6:46am when the Orbiter was about 300 ft directly in front of the station.   [Two minutes before linkup, the station was put in free drift, with CMGs temporarily disabled, to prevent control authority conflict between ISS and Shuttle.  Attitude control was later returned to ISS CMG momentum management.] 

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Prior to final approach, the Discovery performed the scheduled RPM (Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver) at ~600 ft distance under the ISS, a 360-deg backflip to allow digital imagery of its TPS (thermal protection system) from the ISS by Phillips and Krikalev, commencing at 6:15am.   [The ISS crew had about 100 seconds shooting time to film the Orbiter TPS, starting at 6:18am.  Sergei operated the 800mm-lens DCS (digital camera system) and John used the 400mm camera.  After the docking, the images were downlinked for further analysis.]

After the docking and conclusion of the regular leak checks of the PMA at 8:38am, hatches were opened at 8:54am.

As is standard practice, Krikalev collected air samples with the Russian AK-1M sampler in the SM, FGB, and Lab about three hours prior to the ISS/STS hatch opening, and again, with the IPD samplers, in the Shuttle after hatches were opened, but before the air ducts were installed. 

After the standard safety briefing for the entire crew by CDR Krikalev, preparations began for tomorrow’s transfer and berthing of MPLM (multipurpose logistics module) Raffaello at the Node

Sleep period began for all nine crewmembers this afternoon at 3:39pm EDT. Wakeup will be tonight at 11:39pm.

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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