ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/29/13

Cygnus Rendezvous, Capture, and Berth: On Saturday, Cygnus successfully completed an early Relative Global Positioning System (RGPS) PROX checkout and demonstrated the vehicle’s ability to rely on RGPS for targeting of the coelliptic transfer and approach initiation maneuvers.   Phasing burns ADV1-3 were all completed nominally enabling successful demonstration of the Autonomous REA Maneuver objective, which showed thrusters provide adequate performance to achieve the required Delta-V necessary during Joint Operations.  In addition, Cygnus completed the LIDAR demonstration objective which was required for Cygnus to leave the 250m hold point.

Today, Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg and FE-5 Parmitano monitored Cygnus’s approach from the Cupola Robotics Work Station and sent commands to Cygnus via the Proximity Communications System (PROX) Hardware Command Panel (HCP).  The commands were sent in order to demonstrate Cygnus’s ability to retreat and hold.  Once those demos were successfully performed, the spacecraft was authorized to enter the Keep Out Sphere (200m radius surrounding ISS) for its final approach towards ISS. Nyberg and Parmitano subsequently captured Cygnus using the SSRMS at approximately 06:01am CDT.  Once captured, Cygnus was maneuvered into position to inspect the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) followed by a maneuver to install it on the Node-2 Nadir Active CBM. During the capture, latching, and mating process, the Tip LEE unexpectedly safed itself just as the capture process came to an end.  The Robotics Ground Controllers recalibrated the Tip LEE permitting the Crew to complete the latching and mating processes.

Following Cygnus berthing, the crew performed pressurized vestibule leak checks, Node 2 hatch outfitting, and Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) removal in preparation for Cygnus hatch opening.  Hatch opening is scheduled to start at ~03:05am CDT Monday, 30 September.

The Cygnus command and telemetry path is now configured for 1553 via ISS.  Ground teams initially experienced difficulties observing the 1553 telemetry.  However, after reviewing the onboard configuration, the issue was attributed to a dropped Cygnus command.  MCC-D resent the command to configure Cygnus for 1553 telemetry packets and resolved the issue.  PROX has since been deactivated.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Reaction Self Test [Complete]
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Powerup [Complete]
  • Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification [Complete]
  • RWS. High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink Setup [Complete]
  • Configure Lab and Cup RWS for monitoring Cygnus Approach [Complete]
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach [Complete]
  • Cygnus Retreat and Hold Commanding [Complete]
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach [Complete]
  • SSRMS Cygnus Capture [Complete]
  • SSRMS Cygnus Maneuver for PCBM Inspection [Complete]
  • ASEPTIK. “Glove box – C” hw prep [Complete]
  • CYGNUS PCBM Nadir Inspect [Complete]
  • Node 2 Nadir Common CBM Verify Pre-mate Status [Complete]
  • Maneuver Cygnus to ready-to-latch position with SSRMS Complete]
  • Node 2/Cygnus CBM Capture and Abolts [Complete]
  • SSRMS – Limp mode during Cygnus Installation [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Space Headaches – Daily Questionnaire [Complete]
  • SSRMS Cygnus Installation Brake [Complete]
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Setup [Complete]
  • CBCS Camera Remove [Complete]
  • RWM HD Video Downlink Deactivation [Complete]
  • Remove Mini-Cam and AVIU from Node 3/ Cupola [Complete]
  • Cygnus/Node 2 Pressurization and Leak Check [Complete]
  • Cygnus HCP Switch OFF and Temporary Stow in JPM [Complete]
  • Node 2 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting, Part 1 [Complete]
  • Cygnus PROX Switch OFF [Complete]
  • REACTION- self-test [Complete]
  • REMINDER – HRF Generic Saliva Collection [Complete]
  • REACTION- self-test [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • 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
  • R PAO event report preparation
  • СКК. Photography
  • Report fullness of these bags for ground analysis of ATV4 loading.
  • 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 retrieves 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]


  • Ground Commanding in support of Cygnus capture [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Monday, 9/30: Cygnus hatch opening, crew orientation
Tuesday, 10/1: BCAT C1, Emergency Roles review 
Wednesday, 10/2: ENERGY, MDCA R&R    

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