ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/20/13

Cygnus Status: In preparation for Cygnus operations this weekend, the crew was scheduled for a half-duty day today. Cygnus systems continue to function nominally.  The spacecraft performed its 4th planned phasing burn (DV-4) today at 1:11 p.m. CDT. NASA teams are reviewing the Demo 1 results this afternoon in preparation for Saturday’s ISS Mission Management Team (IMMT) Go/No-Go poll for Joint Operations. Cygnus berthing to ISS remains on schedule for Sunday, 22 September 06:25 CDT.

Cygnus Robotics On-Board Training (OBT):  Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano and FE-6 Nyberg continued their Robotic practice using an onboard simulator.  The session had the crew perform two Capture Point (CP) hold runs gaining proficiency on camera configurations, captures, free drift timing, malfunctions, nominal rate approaches, and several 2 meter approaches.

Diapason Experiment:  Yesterday Parmitano set up the Diapason instrument in Node 2 and performed the second of five experiment runs. Today he performed the third run. This experiment studies nano-particle migration and capture achieved by very small thermal gradients. The particle size range of 2 nm to 1 micron allows the monitoring of combustion-generated pollution and the identification of atmospheric contaminants on-board ISS.

Node 3 Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Status:  A full MCA calibration was successfully performed overnight. The MCA is now producing Spec Accuracy readings. Therefore, the crew is no longer being scheduled to report Portable Oxygen Monitor (POM) and Carbon Dioxide Monitor (CDM) readings.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • PROK- urine sampling [Complete]
  • HRF – urine sampling [Complete]
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF – blood sampling and photography [Complete]
  • HRF – centrifuge activation and experiment start  [Complete]
  • HRF – centrifuge config [Complete]
  • HRF – sample removal and centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
  • ISERV – opening window shutter in Lab [Complete]
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF –  blood sampling and photography [Complete]
  • WSTA – filling 1 [Complete]
  • Comm config to support voice from MRM2 during experiment   [Deferred]
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Experiment run, tagup.  [Complete]
  • WSTA – filling 2 [Complete]
  • Cygnus – capture, reminder [Complete]
  • MRM2 comm reconfig to nominal [Deferred]
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Data copy to hard drive  [Complete]
  • Cygnus docking – procedures review [Complete]
  • Progress 420  (DC1) Kurs-A cable removal [Complete]
  • Cygnus docking OBT [Complete]
  • Inventory tagup (S-band)  [Complete]
  • Robo OBT debrief [Complete]
  • HRF – urine sampling equipment stow  [Complete]
  • WSTA – filling 3 [Deferred]
  • HRF – final steps and hw stow [Complete]
  • RGN REC-TNK – QD config [Complete]  
  • Makita drill battery capacity restore – r/g study, hw location and prep. [Complete]  
  • PROK – photographing РН page and food log files [Complete]  
  • Makita drill battery discharge setup, installing battery for discharging [Complete]  
  • Makita drill battery – monitoring discharge [Complete]  
  • WSTA – filling 4 [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery – discharge end; removing battery from drill [Complete]  
  • RWS. Video camera install [Deferred]
  • Makita drill battery charging setup, installing battery for charging [Complete]
  • Cleaning БВН fan screen in Soyuz 709 [Complete]
  • Monitoring Makita drill charging [Complete]  
  • Makita drill battery charging end; remove battery from charger [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery capacity restore – config teardown, hw stow, files downlink [Complete]
  • MRM1 – СтА ФГБ clamp tightening [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]  
  • Cleaning air ducts ВД1 and ВД2 in MRM2 [Complete]   

Task List

  • CEO Ops
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
  • IMS edit
  • КТО replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Capturing video for Roskosmos Press service
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • Replacing dust filters ПФ1, ПФ2, cleaning screen for fans В1, B2 in MRM2
  • ARED Guide Install [Complete]
  • WSTA Fill
  • Install Covers over the Crew Quarters Blankets  [Complete] 
  • CWCI Teardown [Complete]


  • Nominal Ground Commanding [Complete]
  • Solar Array Voltage Maximum Power Test [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 9/21: SSRMS DOUG Setup, Off Duty. Cygnus Readiness Review Go/No Go Poll
Sunday, 9/22: Cygnus Rendezvous, Capture, and Install
Monday, 9/23: Cygnus Hatch Open and Ingress, Cargo Ops

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Auto
[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