ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/20/13

Ocular Health (OH) Measurements: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins completed a series of activities in support of his flight day 60 session of Ocular Health, the 3rd of his 6 planned sessions. FE-6 Wakata performed the vision, tonometry and blood pressure measurements tests, with ground experts providing remote support, on Hopkins.  Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular, and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Second Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD)-2 Launch:  Following the successful launch yesterday of 3 cubesats, J-SSOD-2 launches continued today with the deployment of NASA’s TechEdSat satellite.  TechEdSat will be used to test an exo-brake de-orbit system.  Following the satellite deployment Wakata returned the J-SSOD from the JEMRMS back through the JEM Airlock into the JEM.

Lab Forward Starboard Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Fan Cleaning: FE-5 Mastracchio inspected and cleaned the Lab forward starboard IMV fan, silencer, and inlet screen. The task was performed as a result of flow measurements taken in October, during which time ground teams recognized there was degraded flow. The measurement at the Lab forward starboard was measured at 97 cubic feet per minute (cfm).  The IMV flow should be greater than 115 cfm to ensure that the fan is operating outside of the stall region and therefore protects the hardware and maintains station acoustic specification limits.

Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Interior Corner Flow (ICF)-5 Test:  Hopkins and Wakata set up and initiated a CEF ICF-5 run.  CFE ICF studies capillary flow in interior corners.  The ICF5 test chamber has a square cross section and the top half of the test chamber is divided by two vanes into four quadrants.  Four valves at the top of the test chamber allow fluid to drain for each of the four quadrants.  Structured inside tanks providing interior corners are used in the design of fuel tanks to promote fuel flow to the outlet of the tank in the absence of gravity.  Experimental results will provide the necessary boundary conditions as a function of container cross section and fill fraction. The benchmarked theory can be used to improve propellant management aboard spacecraft.

Thermolab Instrumentation for Circadian Rhythms with Actiwatch:  Today Wakata configured and donned an Actiwatch then instrumented himself with Thermolab sensors attached to a Thermolab Unit on his belt.  This equipment will be worn for the next 36 hours for the first of his planned sessions.  The ESA Circadian Rhythms experiment examines the role of synchronized circadian rhythms (the human body’s 24 hour light-dark cycle) and its maintenance during long duration spaceflight.  Understanding how changes in body composition, body temperature regulation and physical activity affect circadian rhythms will support development of enhancements for performance and health care of future crewmembers.

Tracking Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-172 Testing:  Mastracchio successfully performed S-Band and Ku-Band communications checks with MCC-H in an effort to checkout NASA’s new TDRS-172. Meanwhile, Flight Controllers received telemetry and sent commands to ISS. This was the first of four events scheduled for the satellite, which will test ISS compatibility and validate the satellites S and K-Band services. TDRS 172 was launched on January 30th 2013 from Cape Canaveral, Florida onboard an Atlas V Rocket.  The spacecraft includes several modifications from older satellites in the TDRS System, including redesigned telecommunications payload electronics and a high-performance solar panel designed for more spacecraft power to meet growing S-band requirements.

Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Revision 1 Software Patch 3 Upload:  Overnight, ground teams successfully uplinked iPEHG R1 Patch 3 to iPEHG-1, iPEHG-2 and the Columbus iPEHG.  This patch contained updates to both the Controller Card and Switch Software within the iPEHGs.  The patch included updates to increase the number of static routes that the iPEHGs can support in preparation for future Joint Station LAN (JSL) upgrades, and various updates to minimize payload data loss and decrease recovery time following an iPEHG reset.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • HRF Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Collection Operations  [Complete]
  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup  [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection  [Complete]
  • HRF – Centrifuge Activation and Experiment Start [Complete]
  • HRF – Generic Blood Collection Operations [Complete]
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
  • HRF – Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration  [Complete]
  • Satellite Deployment Observation  [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВТК1 fan in ISS RS SM with a low-noise unit.  [Complete]
  • Replacement of SM СУ ОДУ БФК А12 Device.  [Complete]
  • HRF – Sample removal and centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
  • CFE Experiment Setup  [Complete]
  • Hardware Gather for CFE Experiment  [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • Cleaning Ventilation Screens on FGB Interior Panels (pnls 116, 316, 231, 431) [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Collection Operations [Complete]
  • HMS Defibrillator Inspection [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • Crew Medical Restraint System (CMRS) – Checkout [Complete]
  • Slide Table Extension to JEF Side. Part 2 [Complete]
  • HMS Visual Testing  [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Collection Operations [Complete]
  • Cleaning ventilation screens on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401)  [Complete]
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • JEMRMS – Closing SAM Capture Mechanism to Softdock position [Complete]
  • 24-hour ECG (termination) [Complete]
  • Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test Setup [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Photo Spectral System (ФСС) Prep, Imagery, Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • Blood Pressure Operations (assistance) [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Photography  [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВТК2 fan in ISS RS SM with a low-noise unit [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Retraction from JEF side and Outer Hatch Closure. Part 2 [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • 24-hour ECG Recording  [Complete]
  • JEMRMS Robotics Laptop (RLT) Deactivation [Complete]
  • Functional test of Elektron micropumps [Complete]
  • PROK – Diet Log [Complete]
  • Noise level measurements using RS SLM device after installation of low-noise fans [Complete]
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
  • CFE Experiment Ops [Complete]  
  • Lab Forward Starboard Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Fan Cleaning  [Complete]
  • БРП-М (Water Distribution and Heating Unit) Repair and Recovery [Complete]  
  • Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements  [Complete]
  • Cleaning FGB ГЖТ (Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger) Detachable screens 1, 2, 3 [Complete]  
  • Mating ТМИ-connectors to БИТС2-12 [Complete]  
  • CFE Equipment Teardown [Complete]
  • БРП-М (Water Distribution and Heating Unit) Repair and Recovery – Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]  
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]  
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • Filling (separation) of EDV [KOB] No. 1013 from ТКГ 420 БВ2 for Elektron [Complete]  
  • HRF – Urine Collection Operations [Complete]
  • T2 Monthly Inspection [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]  
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms [Complete]
  • TDRS 172 – Voice Check [Complete]
  • Journal Entry [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • Roscosmos Video Recording
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Wearing Test Of Penguin-3M Suit With Load Measuring System (СИН)
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • PEPS Inspection
  • JAXA Video
  • SM Printer Troubleshooting
  • PMM1F1 Food Configuration  [Complete] 


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • JEM RMS Support [Complete] 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 11/21: Crew orientation, Port solar array photos, Ocular Health
  • Friday, 11/22: Crew orientation, OBT Progress TORU drill, ANISO, Robonaut, Ocular Health
  • Saturday, 11/23: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty Day

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
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 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up