ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/15/13

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE)-3 Experiment:  Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano conducted the 2nd of the new series of 12 InSPACE-3 runs. This new series uses the same test parameter settings as previous runs but with an increase in the duration from 2 hours to between 4.5 and 6 hours.  This will allow investigation of a continued chain-like aggregation phenomena observed towards the end of some of the previous shorter duration runs. InSPACE-3 studies the behavior of magnetic colloidal fluids which transition to a solid-like state with the formation and cross-linking of microstructures in the presence of a magnetic field. This technology can be used for vibration damping systems and to improve the design of structures.

Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Facility Cable Configuration for Constrained Vapor Bubble (CVB)-2 Operations: FE-3 Hopkins continued reconfiguration of the FIR for upcoming CVB operations. CVB aims to achieve a better understanding of the physics of evaporation and condensation and how they affect cooling processes in microgravity using a remotely controlled microscope and a small cooling device.  The results of these experiments could lead to the development of more efficient cooling systems in microelectronics on Earth and in space.

eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE the ISS (VIABLE) Experiment: Parmitano reviewed the VIABLE Onboard Training (OBT) then touched experimental materials located on top covers of 4 bags with his palm.  He then blew on experimental materials located on those covers and photographed the bags inside the FGB locker. These activities are performed at 6 month intervals. VIABLE ISS involves the evaluation of microbial biofilm development on metallic and textile space materials located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches. Microbial biofilms are known for causing damage and contamination on the Mir Space Station and the ISS. The potential application of novel methodologies and products to treat space materials may lead to improvements in the environmental quality of confined human habitats in space and on Earth.

Columbus Smoke Detector Maintenance: As part of routine maintenance, Parmitano inspected and cleaned Columbus Cabin Smoke Detectors #1 and #2 using the Intravehicular Activity (IVA) Connector Cleaning Tool and Vacuum Cleaner Assembly.

Vozdukh Performance Test – Vozdukh was activated yesterday in Manual Mode 6 to determine its actual performance in preparation for the 9 crew timeframe and will remain in that mode until Friday.  During this test, both Carbon Dioxide Removal Assemblies (CDRAs) will remain in standby.  Node 3 CDRA will only be activated as necessary to maintain ppCO2 within approved limits as required.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • REACTION – self reaction test  [Complete]
  • REACTION – history and archive documenting, photo of the experiment  [Complete]
  • MSG- visual inspection of equipment [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Manual mixing in bioreactor  [Complete]
  • Columbus Smoke Detector Cleaning tool gather  [Complete]
  • FPEF Program File Upload Prep  [Complete]
  • Audio conference with Orlenok All-Russia Children Center  [Complete]
  • InSPACE3 – Experiment Ops Initiation  [Complete]
  • Remating of SM KURS-P cables to DC1 (-Y) port  [Complete]
  • STIMUL Batteries charge [Complete]
  • INSP3- camera installation and photo [Complete]
  • OCT Refresher prior to OCT Checkout  [Complete]
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Session Review  [Complete]
  • Video recording of greetings   [Complete]
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Gather  [Complete]
  • Columbus Smoke Detector Inspection and Cleaning [Complete]
  • Search of equipment for PCE [МБРЛ] test setup and runs ([МБРЛ], ATV control panel) [Complete]
  • ARED – cable R&R [Complete]
  • Preparation, filling and replacing variable length hoses in СРВ-К2М  [Complete]
  • Preparation of panels 225 and 226 in SM  for installation of  [МБРЛ] mono block on them  [Complete]
  • Practicing of medical skills (CMO) [Complete]
  • ИП-1 sensors positioning check  [Complete]
  • WHC Full Fill [Complete]
  • Re-mating cables on КСК2 from БКИПН on МБРЛ.  [Complete]
  • [АВК СОА] valves preventive maintenance [Complete]
  • VIABLE Crew Training [Complete]
  • WHC Pre-Treat Pump Tank R&R  [Complete]
  • SM ventilation assets preventive maintenance. Group А  [Complete]
  • Evaluation And Monitoring of Microbiofilms inside the ISS Payload Touch. [Complete]
  • VIABLE – PL photography inside ISS [Complete]
  • Columbus Smoke Detector Cleaning Tool Stow  [Complete]
  • FIR- hw check; rack doors opening  [Complete]
  • Video recording of greetings  [Complete]
  • LMM- hw installation and video recording  [Complete]
  • CVB Hardware Configuration  [Complete]
  • R&R device РТ-50-1М No. 12 – equipment set-up and conference  [Complete]
  • SM ventilation assets preventive maintenance  [Complete]
  • IMS data edit  [Complete]
  • Vascular Blood Collection Setup  [Complete]
  • Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Program File Upload Closeout  [Complete]
  • MATRESHKA-Р. Bubble dosimeter sensors activation and placement for exposure  [Complete]
  • INSP3- close-out ops  [Complete]
  • MSG – Power-down  [Complete]
  • СОЖ maintenance  [Complete]
  • Light Microscopy Module Rotate to Operate Position  [Complete]
  • FIR- rack door closure  [Complete]
  • Psychological assessment program implementation (WinSCAT) [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Manual mixing in bioreactor  [Complete]
  • CIR- MWA Prep  [Complete]
  • REACTION – reaction self-test  [Complete]
  • URAGAN –  НА ФСС (initiation) Battery charge [Complete]

Task List

  • Biolab Microscope troubleshooting tool gather [Complete]
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
  • STELLA software Load  [Complete]
  • OOHA Test  [Complete]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Recording video for Roskosmos Press Service
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ARED VIS Rail Inspect
  • Cygnus Air Flow Measurement [Complete]
  • SLM Part 1
  • SLM Part 2
  • SM Printer Troubleshooting
  • WINEARTH Software Checkout [Complete]
  • 35S Prepack
  • CFE ICF3 Ops
  • Crew Discretion PAO
  • EMU FPS R&R Study [Complete]
  • EMU FPS Tool Gather
  • EMU Swap  [Complete]
  • PEPS Inspect
  • ATV Cargo Transfer


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 10/16: OCT Functional Checkout, SSK Sampling, CIR imaging package reconfiguration

Thursday, 10/17: Cygnus cargo transfer, Cygnus Departure OBT, Biolab Microscope Troubleshooting

Friday, 10/18: SLM Operations, SPHERES ELC run, BP Reg experiment, ATV Cargo Transfer


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:



Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[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 Standby
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