Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 Nov 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 4, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 Nov 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below. Flight Control commended the crew for doing “a good job getting organized on orbit yesterday”.

FE Alexander Kaleri performed in-flight maintenance (IFM) on the Russian segment (RS) SOGS air revitalization subsystem, replacing the Service Module (SM)’s GL2106 gas analyzer for carbon monoxide (CO) with a spare from FGB stowage. [After swapping the GL2106 units, MCC-Moscow turned off the BITS2-12 onboard telemetry system and its VD-SU control system mode to allow its reconnection to the new gas analyzer by Kaleri. Afterwards, the BITS was commanded on again, and Sasha closed out the IFM.]

Foale and Kaleri opened the Lab forward hatch, ingressed the PMA-2 (pressurized mating adapter #2) and completed transfer and stowage of U.S. equipment in it. [After preparing for the ingress, the crew gathered the equipment identified on an uplinked list for the transfer. All items listed are approved for the PMA-2 environmental conditions (vacuum) and are not required prior to the next Shuttle mission. The adapter was then pressurized and a leak check conducted before the Lab fwd hatch to it was opened. For the actual equipment relocation and stowage, three hours, beginning at ~6:45am EST, were timelined. Stowed items are being contained in the PMA within “walls” constructed with bungee cords so that they cannot migrate into the hatch operational envelopes. After completion of the equipment stowage, the forward hatch seal was inspected and cleaned, and then the hatch was closed for the subsequent PMA-2 depressurization and leak check. For the depress, which could generate a slight reaction force, ISS was moded to attitude hold at 12:15pm for 75 minutes.]

To confirm that UOP-3 (utility outlet panel #3) reconfiguration yesterday was done properly, Mike was provided with an uplinked diagram showing the desired setup of connections between UOP-3, the two Ku-band power supplies and the EarthKAM’s DCS-760 digital camera system.

Sasha Kaleri attended to the daily routine maintenance of the SM SOZh life support system (including ASU toilet facilities) and later prepared the daily IMS (inventory management system) delta file for automatic export/import to update the databases.

Both crewmembers worked out with their daily 2.5-h program of physical exercise, on TVIS treadmill, RED expander, and CEVIS (cycle ergometer with vibration isolation).

On 10/31, the crew reported failure of the VELO cycle ergometer in the SM. The device is currently inoperable, and Moscow’s IBMP (Institute for Bio-Medical Problems) is working on an in-depth troubleshooting procedure. [The failure is in the control module, which regulates the resistance (load). There is one additional control module on board, but it is failed as well. Until the VELO is repaired, other exercise devices will need to be used.]

Foale’s originally scheduled repair work on the SAMS (space acceleration measurement system), whose ICU (interim control unit) laptop did not properly boot up after it locked up on 10/24, was deferred to a later date. [Planned are partition repair on the laptop’s HDD (hard disk drive) and cleaning of the SAMS filter.]
The crewmembers again had a “free” hour each for station familiarization and acclimatization, as is standard daily rule for the first two weeks after starting station residency.

Yesterday’s inspection of the CMRS (Crew Medical Restraint System) verified that there were no cracks/protrusions on the shoulder strap clip.

The SM’s Terminal Computer (TVM) is currently running on only one lane (of three), after lane 3 was “voted” out of the set on 10/30 (1:05 pm EST). Lane 2 had previously dropped out (on 9/26). The remaining lane 1 is processing in stable configuration, and the computer is performing all required tasks. Re-integration of all three lanes is scheduled for next Thursday (11/6).

Correction: CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) was yesterday erroneously reported to be operating in single-bed mode after failure/shutdown. This “slipped in” from an earlier status report (10/25). Dual bed operation has long since been regained, and the CDRA is now in ‘standby’.

Today’s CEO (crew earth observation) targets, taking into account the current LVLH attitude, and including the targets of the Lewis & Clark 200-year memorial locations, were Tigris-Euphrates, Turkey (looking left for detailed views of new dams and the associated infrastructure on the Euphrates River where it traverses the mountains of southern Turkey), Baghdad, Iraq (good pass for a synoptic view of the city left of track where the rivers flow closer together), Lake Nasser, Toshka Lakes, Egypt (nadir pass over the new Toshka Lakes in Egypt’s south. Detailed shots were requested of the new agricultural developments that have begun to sprout around the easternmost new lake), Bamako, Mali (this small capital city lies on the east side of the Niger River, and can be located at the point where linear transportation routes are focused), Marietta, Ohio (LEWIS & CLARK SITE: Marietta is noted historically as the oldest settlement on the Ohio River. It is located about ten miles upriver from Parkersburg, West Virginia, where the Muskingum River enters from the north and the Ohio makes a large meander north. In the summer of 1803, on their way to St. Louis, Lewis and Clark stopped here for a visit as it was one of the few settlements they encountered on their way west), Moundsville W VA (LEWIS & CLARK SITE: Looking left of track. This is an early science site. On Sept. 10, 1803 Lewis stopped [near present day Moundsville, West Virginia] to view “a remarkable artificial mound of earth” called the Indian Grave. It was 310 ft in circumference at the base and 30 feet in diameter at the top and being 65 ft tall. This mound had a 60 ft wide ditch around it. Near the summit grew a white oak tree 13 ®ˆ feet in girth that Lewis estimated to be 300 years old), Tropical depression, G Mexico (Dynamic event. The remnants of Hurricane Nicholas have entered the gulf, tracking fast WSW towards the Yucatan. This small well-formed storm is predicted to be left of track or under track [between the outer keys and Yucatan]. It is being watched for possible development as an unusually late tropical storm), and Patagonian Glaciers (the larger southern ice field is clearing. Smaller glaciers still need to be photographed in detail on the south end [usually the cloudiest part] and on the east [Patagonian] side).
CEO images can be viewed at the websites

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

U.S. and Russian Segment Status (as of 1:16pm EST).

Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLSS) and Thermal Control (TCS):

  • Elektron O2 generator is powered On, 17A. Vozdukh CO2 scrubber is On (in Manual Mode 5/3). U.S. CDRA CO2 scrubber is on Standby (ready in dual-bed mode). TCCS (trace contaminant control subsystem) is operating. MCA (major constituents analyzer) is off (in Life Extending Mode). BMP Harmful Impurities unit: absorbent bed #1 in Purify mode, bed #2 in Purify mode. RS air conditioner SKV-1 is On; SKV-2 is Off.
  • SM Working Compartment: Pressure (mmHg) — 742; temperature (deg C) — 26.6; ppO2 (mmHg) — 159.9; ppCO2 (mmHg) — 3.6.
  • SM Transfer Compartment: Pressure (mmHg) — 761; temperature (deg C) 20.0.
  • FGB Cabin: Pressure (mmHg) — 756; temperature (deg C) — 22.3.
  • Node: Pressure (mmHg) — 748.98; temperature (deg C) — 22.3 (shell); ppO2 (mmHg) — n/a; ppCO2 (mmHg) — n/a.
  • U.S. Lab: Pressure (mmHg) — 751.28; temperature (deg C) — 24.9; ppO2 (mmHg) — n/a; ppCO2 (mmHg) — n/a.
  • Joint Airlock (Equip. Lock): Pressure (mmHg) — 751.38; temperature (deg C) — 25.4; shell heater temp (deg C) — 22.5, ppO2 (mmHg) — n/a; ppCO2 (mmHg) — n/a.
  • PMA-1: Shell heater temp (deg C) — 25.9
  • PMA-2: Shell heater temp (deg C) — 22.5

(n/a = data not available)

Electrical Power Systems (EPS):

  • Both P6 channels fully operational. BGA (beta gimbal assembly) 2B and 4B both in Directed (dual-angle) Position (non-suntracking).
  • SM batteries (data are static): Battery #8, formerly known as #7, is off (still in slot #8); battery #2 is in “Cycle” mode; all other batteries (6) are in “Partial Charge” mode (batteries #1 and #3 are degraded).
  • FGB batteries: Batteries #1 is off; all other batteries (5) are in “Partial Charge” mode.
  • Plasma Contactor Unit PCU-1 in Standby mode; PCU-2 in Standby mode.

Command & Data Handling Systems:

  • C&C-2 MDM is prime, C&C-1 is back-up, and C&C-3 is in standby.
  • GNC-1 MDM is prime; GNC-2 is Backup.
  • INT-2 is operating; INT-1 is Off.
  • EXT-2 is On (primary), EXT-1 is Off (both now upgraded to R3).
  • LA-1, LA-2 and LA-3 MDMs are all operating.
  • PL-1 MDM is Off; PL-2 MDM is Operational.
  • APS-1 (automated payload switch #1) and APS-2 are both On.
  • SM Terminal Computer (TVM): 1 redundant lane (of 3) operational; string #2 dropped out 9/26, string #3 on 10/30.
  • SM Central Computer (TsVM): 2 redundant lanes (of 3) operational; string #3 dropped out 10/22.

Propulsion System:

  • Total propellant load available: 3856 kg (8501b) as of 10/23 [SM(755) + FGB(2749) + Progress M(352) + Progress M-1(0)]. (Capability: SM — 860 kg; FGB — 6120 kg).

Attitude Control Systems:

  • 3 CMGs on-line (CMG-1 failed).
  • State vector source — U.S. SIGI-1 (GPS)
  • Attitude source — U.S. SIGI-1 (GPS)
  • Angular rate source — RGA-1

Flight Attitude:

  • LVLH YVV (y-axis in velocity vector, i.e. flying “sidewise°±) [yaw: -90 deg, pitch: -8.9 deg., roll: 1.8 deg]), with CMG Momentum Management.

Communications & Tracking Systems:

  • FGB MDM-1 is powered Off; FGB MDM-2 is operational.
  • All other Russian communications & tracking systems are nominal.
  • S-band is operating nominally (on string 2).
  • Ku-band is operating nominally.
  • Audio subsystem is operating nominally (IAC-2 is prime, IAC-1 is suspect).
  • Video subsystem operating nominally.
  • HCOR (high-rate communications outage recorder) is operating nominally.


  • SSRMS/Canadarm2 based at MBS PDGF #2/LEE A, with Keep Alive (KA) power on both strings.
  • MBS: KA power on both strings.Ä
  • MT: latched and mated at WS4.Ä
  • POA: KA power on both strings.
  • RWS (robotics workstations): Lab RWS is On (DCP connected); Cupola RWS is Off.

ISS Orbit (as of yesterday afternoon, 4:09pm EST [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 377.3 km
  • Apogee — 381.9 km
  • Perigee — 372.7 km
  • Period — 92.1 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.63 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0006771
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.63
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. ’98) — 28283
  • For more on ISS orbit and worldwide naked-eye visibility dates/times, see

SpaceRef staff editor.