ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/21/13

New Status:
Spinal Ultrasound Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano, with FE-3 Cassidy’s assistance, performed his second of three Spinal Ultrasound Scan sessions for his stay onboard the ISS.  This investigation aims to characterize microgravity-associated spinal alterations during and after spaceflight using in-flight ultrasound. Results from this research will provide data to enhance crew health for long duration space missions.

Multifiltration (MF) Bed Remove and  Replace (R&R): Based on Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) data the Water Processor Assembly (WPA) product water was exhibiting an increase in Total Organic Carbon (TOC) trends, similar to what was observed in 2010 and 2012 which were attributed to dimethylsilanediol (DMSD) breakthrough in the MF Beds.  To correct the trend, FE-3 Cassidy performed an R&R of both MF Beds.  The removed MF beds were injected with an air bubble to protect for thermal expansion.

Russian Segment (RS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #35 Preparation:  The Russian crewmembers are scheduled for a half-duty day today, and went to sleep early, as they will be waking up 3 hours early tomorrow.  RS EVA #35 requires Russian Ground Sites (RGS) support, and the earlier EVA start time is needed to align the crew activities with the ground sites.

Photovoltaic Controller Unit (PVCU) Bracket Bolt Replacement: FE-3 Cassidy replaced the ACME bolt, which was scavenged from the PVCU MDM/Bracket to support troubleshooting of the MBSU Removal and Replacement during US EVA 19.

Material Science Laboratory (MSL) Solidification and Quench Furnace (SQF) Sample Cartridge Exchange:  In May 2013, ground commanded processing of Solidification along a Eutectic path in Ternary Alloys (SETA) SCA-2 #4 within the Materials Science Laboratory (MSL) was aborted due to a reboot of the MSL Standard Payload Computer (SPLC). Engineering team has developed an operational and/or software response in the event of a SPLC reboot event. Today FE-5 Parmitano removed the SETA SCA-2 sample that has been in the SQF since this failure and replaced it with a new sample that will be used for a future run of the SQF.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  [Complete]
  • Re-installation of Unit 800А АБ Module 2 (А102) in SM.   [Complete]
  • Pille sensors prep for EVA  [Complete]
  • WPA Multifiltration bed Remove and Replace  [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • Compound Specific Analyzer- Combustion Products (CSA-CP) extended maintenance [Complete]
  • Updated EVA Timeline Review  [Complete]
  • BCAT image transfer and intervalometer set  [Complete]
  • CIR alignment Guide Removal  [Complete]
  • SPINAL Scan Operations  [Complete]
  • Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Beverage Adapter Cleaning [Complete]
  • Orlan-MK Drink Bag Refill and Install  [Complete]
  • Maintenance activation of Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [АВК СОА] from the Spare Part Kit (004173R, bag СМ1РО_3_321_1, bag II-1/256-1 in enclosure 007223R)  [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Bioreactor Setup in ТБУ-В No. 4 at +4 deg C. Photography [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Removal of ТБУ-В S/N 02  [Complete]
  • D2XS Battery Charge [Complete]
  • Respiratory Support Pack Checkout [Complete]
  • ARED Rope Replacement [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO  [Complete]
  • TV greetings (S + Ku-band)  [Complete]
  • ТК 708 Kazbek Fit Check  [Complete]
  • USND2 – Close-out Ops and Stowage [Complete]
  • Material Science Laboratory SCA Exchange2 #7  [Complete]
  • JEM Utility Bonding Point Installation [Complete]
  • Preparation for Isolation for EVA-35 [Complete]
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE Experiment Ops  [Complete]
  • JEM CPB a Adapter Cable w/panel Replacement  [Complete]
  • D2XS Battery Charge and Test  [Complete] 

Task List

  • CEO Operations   [In Work] 
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • Data Prep for Return CDR
  • Data Prep for Return FE-2
  • Data Prep for Return FE-3
  • WHC KTO Replace
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • Crew Choice Video Downlink
  • 52P US unpack [In work]
  • Blackout Curtain Retrieve
  • Crew Departure Prep FE-3
  • WSTA Fill


  • N3 CDRA Activation  [Complete]
  • Lab CDRA Deactivation  [Complete]
  • Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 8/22: Russian EVA #35, InSPACE-3, Skin B Ops, Amine exhaust adjust and screen clean, HRF Supply Kit Resupply, High Definition video camera checkout with hand-held microphone
Friday, 8/23: IPEHG A install, MAS and SSK samples, INSPACE run, MT Translation WS4 to WS6
Saturday, 8/24:  HAM Radio Pass,  Ground MSS Operations to install the HTV4 MBSU and UTA FRAMs on ISS

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh On
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up