ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/30/13

Cygnus Status:  Following the completion of the Node 2 Vestibule outfitting activities yesterday, Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano and FE-6 Nyberg opened the Cygnus Hatch at 03:10am CDT today. The crew has since ingressed, photo documented cargo configuration, and started cargo transfer operations.

Emergency Procedure Review:  All six crewmembers took part in an onboard training session to review emergency procedures associated with Cygnus.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) Hard Upper Torso (HUT) Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) Remove and Replace (R&R):  Parmitano successfully performed an R&R of the Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) on EMU 3010.  The task was originally scheduled last Tuesday. However, the crew had experienced complications with the removal of the Vent Tube Shield. The task was rescheduled for today, giving ground teams’ sufficient time to review photographs taken by the crew and modify the procedure steps accordingly. The preventative maintenance task is performed once every 4 years.

NanoRacks Module-9 Module Operations:  To prepare for NanoRacks Module-9 experiments, Parmitano along with Nyberg retrieved two modules delivered on Cygnus and reviewed NanoRacks On-Board Training (OBT) material for mixing tubes. The crew then activated the mixing tubes in both NanoRacks modules. This investigation results from a commercial Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education program overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of 17 different science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module onboard the ISS.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • HRF-SALIVA. Sampling  [Complete]
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI [Complete]
  • BIOME – fill out questionnaire 1 [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Thermostat activation at +37deg С [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Removal from ТБУ-В №04 (+4deg), setup of ТБУ-В #04 for +26deg and insertion into glove box Tagup [Complete]
  • Laptop power down in crew cabin  [Complete]
  • Setup Node 2 camcorder in HD mode for Cygnus hatch opening [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Photography of culture medium prior to experiment run.  [Complete]
  • Removal of Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism Controller Panel Assembly (СРА) [Complete]
  • KONSTANTA. Preparation and experiment run.  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Insertion into glove box  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Photographing during experiment run [Complete]
  • KONSTANTA. Assistance during experiment run  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Glove box sterilization activation   [Complete]
  • Cygnus – configuration for vestibule ingress [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Photo edit and downlink  [Complete]
  • Cygnus – ingress [Complete]
  • ISS crew orientation  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Changing hw position inside glove box  [Complete]
  • СОЖ  maintenance  [Complete]
  • Cygnus – cargo photography [Complete]
  • RWS teardown in Cupola [Complete]
  • Air sampling using АК-1М in Orbital-D1 Cygnus prior to air duct install  [Complete]
  • Big picture words conference on Energy experiment   [Complete] 
  • ASEPTIK. Glove box sterilization deactivation  [Complete]
  • Transfer of cargo from Cygnus to ISS  [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Filling bioreactor, removal from Glove box – C and insertion into ТБУ-В #04 [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Photography  [Complete]
  • Transfer of cargo from Cygnus to ISS for NANORACK-MOD9 ops [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Taking photos during experiment run  [Complete]
  • OBT on activation/deactivation of Module-9 mixing tubes [Complete]
  • NanoRacks Module-9 mixing tubes activation ops  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Surface sampling and start of air sampling prior to sterilization  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Taking photos during experiment run  [Complete]  
  • OBT on emergency operations specifics after Cygnus arrival  [Complete]
  • Midday Meal  [Complete]
  • ACS – configuring high pressure O2 supply system for use of O2 from the low pressure tank  [Complete]
  • Recording greetings video  [Complete]
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Hard Upper Torso (HUT) Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) Remove and Replace  [Complete]
  • Cygnus – emergency book update [Complete]
  • Handover / РПС  [Complete]  
  • Transfer of cargo from Soyuz #710 with IMS update  [Complete]  
  • Transfer of cargo from Cygnus to ISS  [Complete]
  • Measuring trace contamination levels in SM using CMS  [Complete]  
  • ACS – configuring high pressure О2 supply system back to nominal  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. Control of automatic pump shutdown  [Complete]  
  • ISS crew orientation  [Complete]
  • URISIS hardware setup  [Complete]  
  • ASEPTIK. Samples removal from glove box and placement for incubation  [Complete]  
  • Exercise data downlink  [Complete]  
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup  [Complete]
  • Handover / РПС  [Complete]  
  • Cygnus load master tagup  [Complete]
  • CYGNUS. Cargo transfer tagup  [Complete]
  • Space Headaches – Daily questionnaire  [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
  • Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) and Image Processing Unit (IPU) Cable reconnection [Complete]
  • IMS Update
  • КТО replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Recording video for Roskosmos Press Service
  • SEYNER. World ocean study
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • Remove Chassis Fasteners from legacy Ku Band hardware
  • СКК. Photography
  • Report fullness of these bags for ground analysis of ATV4 loading  [Complete]
  • Capillary Flow Experiments Interior Corner Flow 6 Ops
  • Crew Discretionary PAO Event
  • Service Module Printer Replacement
  • Check each ZSR location per the table and put a check mark to indicate state (zipped/unzipped) and condition (good/broken).
  • Report fullness of these bags for ground analysis of ATV4 loading.
  • Crew retreives 3 EXPRESS light bulb assemblies and replaces
  • PAO Video Documentation for ISS 15th Anniversary
  • Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Flow Measurement
  • Handover of Increment 37 Crew [In Work]


  • Nominal Ground Commanding  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 10/1: Crew Handover, BCAT C1, Emergency Roles Review 
Wednesday, 10/2: ENERGY, MDCA R&R
Thursday, 10/3: ENERGY, Ocular Health

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh On
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[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