Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 May 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
May 30, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 May 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Memorial Day. Underway: Week 6 for Increment 11

In Node “Unity”, FE/SO Phillips worked on the hatch seals that he had found slightly misaligned laterally during inspection on 5/13. [The corrective realignment of the interlocking joints was gently performed on the aft seals of the starboard hatch, and on the stbd, overhead and port seals of the aft hatch. John lubricated the seals and sealing surfaces with a fresh application of Braycote-601. Since dust and particles (FOD, foreign object debris) can stick to the lubricant and to both seals and sealing surfaces, they are regularly inspected with a magnifying glass for FOD, nicks, burrs, cuts or gouges that would impair a proper seal, and are cleaned, as required, with brushes, dry wipes and Kapton tape.]

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CDR Krikalev continued the extended transitioning of the Russian segment (RS) BVS computer system to the new software version 7.03, today running connectivity tests between Laptop 1 (LT1), Central Post computer 1 (KTsP1) and Central Computer (TsVM), then between LT2, KTsP2 and TsVM, after power-cycling (switching off/on) the two TsP computers.

Later in the day, Sergei loaded new software (Vers. 3) for the Russian SRK radiation monitoring system from CD-ROM and on LT1.

On the RSK1 laptop, the CDR retrieved data files of the Russian “Pilot” experiment from an older HDD (hard disk drive) for downlink to the ground via U.S. OCA (Orbital Communications Adapter)/S-band. [Previous expedition results of “Pilot” were found missing on a hard drive returned to the ground. The MBI-15 “Pilot” experiment uses a work table, ankle restraint system and control handles for testing piloting skill. The RSK1 laptop is used for on-board simulators (TORU, Emergency Egress, Descent OBT, etc.), electronic photo imagery processing (Nikon D1X, Kodak 760), the “Sigma” orbital/ballistic navigation application for ground track computing, the PILOT experiment, and crew psychological support (DVD playing).]

Both crewmembers conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the CEVIS cycle ergometer (John), TVIS treadmill (Sergei), RED exerciser 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 3 of a new set).]

Afterwards, the FE 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 and CEVIS, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium.

Sergei continued testing of Elektron support equipment, performing a functionality check of a pressure measuring block (BID).

Preparatory to accessing the “dome” volume of the Z1 truss, the crew removed the RED from the Node “ceiling”. [RED was temporarily removed from its Node location by disconnecting parts from the hardmount plate, in order to gain access to the dome hatch. Tomorrow, two new and two old support block and pad assemblies will be reinstalled after lubrication. Afterwards the RED will be recalibrated.]

The crew then ingressed the Z1 dome and rearranged stowage equipment in the normally sealed space. [This was the second of a three-part stowage reconfiguration aimed at maximizing available stowage space and alleviating some of the current stowage congestion in an effort to improve habitability on ISS. Since there was no pressure inside the Z1 volume, the crew first opened the MPEV (manual pressure equalization valve), and the resulting change in cabin pressure was to verify that there was no leak from Z1 to vacuum before hatch opening. Wearing goggles and dust masks, the crew then opened the hatch and ingressed the space. They removed items approved for stowage into PMA-3 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 3) and then filled the empty space with hardware approved for the Z1 environment. The hatch was closed afterwards.]

The CDR performed the regular periodic download of data & imagery collected of the BIO-5 Rasteniya-2/Lada-7 (“Plants-2”) experiment to computer for subsequent downlink to the ground.

Sergei’s tasks today also included photo imaging of the space behind a panel (#118) in the Service Module (SM) and take measurements with a ruler, to determine the feasibility of the eventual installation and cable connection of a system power panel (PPS-31) behind the panel.

Krikalev completed the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh environment control & life support system, including regular replacements of the ASU toilet facility, and Phillips prepared the regular IMS (Inventory Management System) “delta” file for export/import to the IMS databases.

Over the weekend, John Phillips removed three failed LHAs (Lamp Housing Assemblies) from their Lab positions and placed them in temporary stowage for disposal on 17P. [An additional LHA (#0009), removed previously, is also slated for 17P. Three other LHAs are scheduled for return on LF-1 to the ground for failure investigation.]

Also over the weekend Sergei Krikalev completed the bypass of the clogged K27 connector on the RS condensate water processor (SRV-K2M) and reactivated the SKV-2 air conditioner. Today, Sergei discovered a leak in the SRV-K’s condensate separation and pumping unit (BRPK) and bypassed the leak to a redundant lane, then turned SKV-2 off and SKV-1 on. [The Lab CCAA (Common Cabin Air Assembly) continues to collect condensate water.]

Working off his voluntary task list, Sergei conducted 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 the Tuapse-Kurinskaya road, mapping imagery of agricultural lands in Krasnodar Territory and in Kalmykia to the city of Elista, detailed imagery of the Astrakan Gas Condensate Plant infrastructure [wells, roadways, pumping stations] on the eastern bank of the Volga left, Ekibastuz open pit mines, the Katun River, the Altai preserve, and imagery along the rift of Lake Hovsgol and all of Lake Baikal.]

As a second “job jar” suggestion, the CDR performed urine transfer from the EDV-U collection container to the empty water tanks 1 and 2 of Progress 17.

Update on Solid-Fuel Oxygen Generator (SFOG) candles: Of the old set, 24 have been used since 5/20 (9 failed), 82 remaining.

The MCA (major constituents analyzer) was taken by the ground through a 30-min. “zero” calibration. MCC-H is using MCA measurements to closely monitor cabin ppO2 (oxygen partial pressure) and other components.

No CEO (crew earth observations) photo 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 noon, 11:23pm EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 352.5 km
  • Apogee height — 355.5 km
  • Perigee height — 349.4 km
  • Period — 91.59 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0005677
  • Solar Beta Angle — -28.0 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 125 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 37292

Some Increment 11 Main Events (not final):

  • Progress M-52 (17P) undock — 6/15 (4:13pm EDT);
  • Progress M-53 (18P) launch — 6/16 (7:09pm EDT, Baikonur: 6/17, 5:09am)
  • Progress M-53 (18P) dock — 6/18 (8:46pm EDT);
  • Reboost — ~6/22 (delta-V 1.5 m/s);
  • LF-1/STS-114 launch — 7/13 (18-day window opens);
  • Soyuz TMA-6 (10S) relocate (from DC-1 to FGB) — ~8/16;
  • 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 5/18/06.

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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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