Status Report

NASA STS-133 Report #10 5:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 1, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
March 1, 2011
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NASA STS-133 Report #10 5:30 a.m. CST Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – By the end of the day, the International Space Station will have an extra 2,472 cubic feet of storage space, following the installation of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module.

Discovery’s crew members got their wake-up call to begin flight day 6 at 4:57 a.m. CST, to the tune of “Happy Together” by The Turtles. The song was played for Mission Specialist Steve Bowen, who completed his sixth spacewalk on Monday.

Preparations for the second spacewalk of the mission will occupy several hours of Bowen’s and fellow spacewalker Alvin Drew’s time, culminating with a crew-wide procedure review and another overnight campout inside the Quest airlock.

But first, Mission Specialists Mike Barratt and Nicole Stott will use the station’s 58-foot robotic arm to remove the Leonardo module from Discovery’s cargo bay and fly it to an installation on the Earth-facing port of the Unity node. That work is scheduled to begin just after 7 a.m. and wrap up by 9:38 a.m.

With the decision that a focused inspection of Discovery’s heat shield won’t be necessary, extra space opened up in the crew’s day. As a result, they’re now scheduled to enter Leonardo for the first time today. Pilot Eric Boe is scheduled to be the first to float in, just before 6 p.m.

Barratt and Stott, along with Commander Steve Lindsey and station Commander Scott Kelly, will also take time out of their duties to talk with reporters back on Earth 3:23 p.m. They’ll be interviewed by KTRK-TV of Houston, and KING-TV and KOMO-TV, of Washington, Barratt’s home state.

The next status report will be issued near the end of the crew’s day or earlier if warranted. The crew’s sleep period is scheduled to begin at 8:23 p.m.

After completion of DDCU Z14B power-up later today, Cady is to reactivate Node 1 power at UOP 1 (Utility Outlet Panel 1), required tomorrow for the CBCS (Centerline Berthing Camera System) activity during PMM berthing.

FE-6 also had ~2h 20m reserved for floating through the ISS to set up 30 new RAMs (Radiation Area Monitors) delivered on STS-133. After the deployment throughout the station, she took digital pictures to document the placements. [The RAMs are color-coded; the new ULF5 units are cherry-colored.]

Continuing the support of the JAXA Microbe-2 experiment, Cady took more surface samples using MDS (Microbial Detection Sheets) and wet Agar swabs, which she started two days ago. [The sampling used MDS spread out at specific sampling locations (Saibo Rack wall, Node-2/JEM hatch handrail, JPM OA1 diffuser) with moistened cover film open. After taking documentary photography, the sampling sheets were transferred to MELFI-3, the white packing tubes were trashed and the sampling locations cleaned up.]

Oleg Skripochka conducted periodic routine maintenance in the SM (Service Module)’s ASU toilette facility, changing out replaceable parts with new components, such as a filter insert (F-V), the urine receptacle (MP), the pretreat container (E-K) with its hose and the DKiV pretreat & water dispenser. All old parts were trashed in Progress 39P, and the IMS was updated. [E-K contains five liters of pre-treat solution, i.e., a mix of H2SO4 (sulfuric acid), CrO3 (chromium oxide, for oxidation and purple color), and H2O (water). The pre-treat liquid is mixed with water in the DKiV dispenser and used for toilet flushing.]

Later, FE-2 had ~40min set aside for adding disinfectant to the SM Rodnik water tank BV2.

Skripochka also gathered & prepared Russian cargo components to be returned to Earth on the Shuttle, based on an uplinked itemized components list.

Kaleri worked with Kondratyev in the MRM2 Poisk module, hooking up the KURS-P (passive) automated radar approach & docking system’s AFD (Antenna Feeder Device) to the SM KURS-P/K2-BKA/KURS container. [Purpose: Mating of LF and HF cables of the KURS-P system in the SM to support vehicle dockings at the +Y port of SM.]

Later, Alex conducted the periodic (monthly) maintenance on the temporarily deactivated Russian IK0501 GA (Gas Analyzer) of the SOGS Pressure Control & Atmospheric Monitoring System behind SM panel 449 by replacing its CO2 filter assembly (BF) with a new unit from FGB stowage (done last: 12/8). The old unit was discarded and the IMS (Inventory Management System) updated. [IK0501 is an automated system for measuring CO2, O2, and H2O in the air, as well as the flow rate of the gas being analyzed.]

Dmitri Kondratyev completed his 4th session with the Russian behavioral assessment TIPOLOGIA (MBI-20), setting up the workstation, connecting equipment, suiting up and launching the program on the RSK1 laptop. [Oleg assisted Dima in donning the electrode cap, preparing the head for the electrodes, applying electrode gel from the Neurolab-RM2 kit and taking documentary photography. Data were recorded on a PCMCIA memory card and downlinked via OCA comm. MBI-20 studies typological features of operator activity of the ISS crews in long-term space flight phases, with the subject using a cap with EEG (electroencephalogram) electrodes. The experiment, which records EEGs, consists of the Luescher test, “adaptive biological control” training, and the games Minesweeper and Tetris. The Luescher color diagnostic is a psychological test which measures a person’s psychophysical state, his/her ability to withstand stress, to perform and to communicate. It is believed to help uncover the cause of psychological stress, which can lead to physical symptoms. An EEG measures and records the electrical activity of the brain.]

CDR Kelly conducted the first on-board CFS-A (Colored Fungi in Space) Fungi-A photo session. After installing & preparing the photo & light equipment in COL plus mounting the camera at the Bogenarm fixture, Scott took pictures of all samples with different views. The equipment was then dismantled and stowed, and the images prepared for downlink. [CFS-A (Colored Fungi in Space A) determines the effect of microgravity and cosmic radiation on the growth and survival of coloured fungi species. The Romanian experiment “Growth and Survival of Colored Fungi in Space” is based on experiments both on the Earth and in Space inside of microcapsules made by experts from the Romanian Institute of Space Science. The fungal species chosen for experiments belong to 6 genera selected as organic material decomposers and potential contaminants of materials destined for interplanetary travel. The experiment, which uses examination by photography in space (growth and morphology) and by post-flight analyses, should provide a better understanding of the survival of potential contaminants on space vehicles and of the growth of fungi in space for the solution of practical problems, e.g., disintegration of space waste during long missions.]

Scott also performed another regular module data take on the CubeLab and transferred files of collected data to laptop for downlink. [CubeLab is a low-cost 1-kg platform for educational projects. It is a multipurpose research facility that interfaces small standard modules into the ERs (EXPRESS Racks). The modules can be used within the pressurized space station environment in orbit, with a nominal length, width, and height of 100 mm and a mass of no more than 1 g. Up to 16 CubeLab modules can be inserted into a CubeLab insert inside an ER.]

Skripochka completed the periodic (currently daily) checkout & performance verification of IP-1 airflow sensors in the various RS hatchways. [Inspected IP-1s are in the passageways PrK (SM Transfer Tunnel)-RO (SM Working Compartment), PkhO (SM Transfer Compartment)-RO, PkhO-DC1, PkhO-FGB PGO, PkhO-MRM2, FGB PGO-FGB GA, and FGB GA-Node-1. This checkup is especially important when the ventilation/circulation system has to cope with a larger crew on board, currently twelve persons.]

Later, FE-2 conducted the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers, replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers and filling EDV-SV, KOV (for Elektron), EDV-ZV & EDV on RP flow regulator.]

Oleg also handled the daily IMS (Inventory Management System) maintenance, updating/editing its standard “delta file” including stowage locations, for the regular weekly automated export/import to its three databases on the ground (Houston, Moscow, Baikonur).

Before sleep time, Oleg Skripochka will prepare the Russian MBI-12 payload and start his 13th Sonokard experiment session, using a sports shirt from the Sonokard kit with a special device in the pocket for testing a new method for acquiring physiological data without using direct contact on the skin. Measurements are recorded on a data card for return to Earth. [Sonokard objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember’s physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.]

Also before calling it a day, the CDR will check on the proper installation of the VDS (Video Distribution System) video cap in Node-2 which enables pass-through reception of video from the Discovery with the Orbiter docked in support of SSRMS operations during crew sleep.

The crew worked out on today’s 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the CEVIS cycle ergometer with vibration isolation (CDR, FE-6), TVIS treadmill with vibration isolation & stabilization (FE-1/2x, FE-2, FE-4), ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-2, FE-4, FE-5, FE-6), and T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill (FE-5). [T2 snubber arm inspection is no longer needed after every T2 session but is done regularly after the last T2 session of the day.]

Mission Extension: The Shuttle-docked time has been extended by one day in order to accelerate PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module) outfitting tasks currently planned for Increment 26.

Middeck Transfers: Middeck supply transfers are 80% complete and return transfers are 8% complete.

Mission Timeline Look-Ahead (all times EST):
Mar 1 (FD 06) PMM install, transfers, EVA #2 prep and campout
Wake-Up (STS & ISS) 5:53 am
SSRMS PMM Grapple 8:08 am
PMM Unberth 8:43 am
PMM Install 9:48 am
PAO Event 4:23 pm
PMM Ingress 6:58 pm
Airlock campout begins 8:33 pm
Sleep (ISS) 8:53 pm
Sleep (STS) 9:23 pm
Mar 2 (FD 07) EVA #2 (PM vent, LWAPA retrieval, SPDM, other tasks), PMM activate & ingress
Mar 3 (FD 08) ISS reboost, transfers, crew off duty time
Mar 4 (FD 09) Final transfers, crew off duty time, hatch closure
Mar 5 (FD 10) Undock, flyaround, late inspection
Mar 6 (FD 11) Orbiter FCS checkout, RCS hot fire, cabin stowage
Mar 7 (FD 12) Deorbit and Landing (nominal landing)

No CEO targets uplinked for today.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 5:25am EST [= epoch])
Mean altitude – 351.7 km
Apogee height – 355.1 km
Perigee height – 348.3 km
Period — 91.57 min.
Inclination (to Equator) — 51.65 deg
Eccentricity — 0.0005072
Solar Beta Angle – 9.5 deg (magnitude decreasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours – 70 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) – 70,378.

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/05/11 — Soyuz TMA-01M/24S fly-around for hist./doc. ISS photography (proposed)
03/06/11 — STS-133/Discovery undock (under review)
03/07/11 — HTV2 relocation back to Node-2 nadir port
03/07/11 — STS-133/Discovery landing (nominal)
03/16/11 — Soyuz TMA-01M/24S undock/landing (End of Increment 26)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/28/11 — HTV2 unberth
03/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-21/26S launch
04/01/11 — Soyuz TMA-21/26S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
04/19/11 — STS-134/Endeavour launch ULF6 (ELC-3, AMS)
04/21/11 — STS-134/Endeavour docking (NET)
04/26/11 — Progress M-09M/41P undock
04/27/11 — Progress M-10M/42P launch
04/29/11 — Progress M-10M/42P docking (DC-1 nadir)
05/01/11 — STS-134/Endeavour undock
05/03/11 — STS-134/Endeavour landing
05/16/11 – Soyuz TMA-20/25S undock/landing (End of Increment 27)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-02M/27S launch – M. Fossum (CDR-29)/S. Furukawa/S. Volkov
06/01/11 — Soyuz TMA-02M/27S docking (MRM1)
————–Six-crew operations————-
06/04/11 — ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” undock (SM aft) – under review
06/21/11 — Progress M-11M/43P launch
06/23/11 — Progress M-11M/43P docking (SM aft)
06/28/11 — STS-135/Atlantis ULF7 (MPLM)
08/29/11 — Progress M-11M/43P undocking
08/30/11 — Progress M-12M/44P launch
09/01/11 — Progress M-12M/44P docking (SM aft)
09/16/11 – Soyuz TMA-21/26S undock/landing (End of Increment 28)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-03M/28S launch – D.Burbank (CDR-30)/A.Shkaplerov/A.Ivanishin
10/02/11 – Soyuz TMA-03M/28S docking (MRM2)
————–Six-crew operations————-
10/25/11 — Progress M-10M/42P undocking
10/26/11 — Progress M-13M/45P launch
10/28/11 — Progress M-13M/45P docking (DC-1)
11/16/11 — Soyuz TMA-02M/27S undock/landing (End of Increment 29)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/30/11 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S launch – O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit
12/02/11 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S docking (MRM1)
————–Six-crew operations—————-
12/??/11 — 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – on Proton.
12/26/11 — Progress M-13M/45P undock
12/27/11 — Progress M-14M/46P launch
12/29/11 — Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
03/05/12 — Progress M-12M/44P undock
03/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-03M/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S launch – G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov
04/01/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S docking (MRM2)
————–Six-crew operations—————-
05/xx/12 – 3R Russian Proton — Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA
05/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-04M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/29/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S launch – S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/31/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S docking
————–Six-crew operations—————-
09/18/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
————–Three-crew operations————-
10/02/12 — Soyuz TMA-07M/32S launch – K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/04/12 – Soyuz TMA-07M/32S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-06M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-08M/33S launch – C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/02/12 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/xx/13 — Soyuz TMA-07M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S launch – P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S launch – M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S launch – M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S launch – K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/xx/14 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
————–Three-crew operations————-

SpaceRef staff editor.