ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/01/13

35S Soyuz Relocation: Soyuz 35S and its crew consisting of Commander (CDR) Yurchikhin, Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano, and FE-6 Nyberg undocked from the ISS Mini-Research Module (MRM)-1 at 3:33 am CDT and docked to the Service Module (SM) Aft port at 3:54 am CDT. Prior to undocking, the crew performed leak checks on the vestibule and hatches between the descent and habitation modules.  Once docked to the SM Aft port, the crew repeated leak checks then opened the ISS hatch at 6:10 am CDT. This Soyuz relocation cleared the MRM-1 docking port for 37 Soyuz, which is scheduled to arrive next Thursday, November 7th.  The last Soyuz relocation occurred during Increment 24 on June 26, 2010 with Yurchikhin also as the Soyuz Commander.

Advanced Biological Research (ABRS) Checkout: Hopkins reviewed ABRS onboard training material and then completed preparations for a ground checkout of telemetry from ABRS, including preparation of a paper grid, performance of an internal cooling loop flush of the ABRS to remove any air bubbles, and installation of two new ABRS Memory Cards. There were quality issues with the observed internal rack video that ground crews are investigating. These activities are being performed in preparation for the arrival of the Advanced Plant EXperiments-02 (APEX-02) payload on the SpaceX-3 vehicle.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES)  Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System (RINGS): Hopkins reviewed SPHERES RINGS On Board Training material and charged the batteries in preparation for an experiment run on Monday.  The RINGS experiment tests hardware and software that enable relative station keeping, maneuvering, and attitude control between two SPHERES satellites using steerable electromagnetic dipoles.

NanoRacks Module 9:  Nyberg activated and shook designated NanoRacks Module 9 mixing tubes while capturing video of her activities. 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 on board the ISS.

Multi Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Microscope Activation and Preparation: Nyberg activated and prepared the MPSR Microscope in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) for continuation of troubleshooting image focusing issues experienced during previous use of the microscope.  This troubleshooting is a repeat of the previous test during which there were unexpected data dropouts.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Photography of the external surface of ТК 709 СА hatch/manhole door  [Complete]
  • ТК 709 Activation, Comm Check from ТК via S-band  [Complete]
  • Ham Radio Deactivation [Complete]
  • D2XS Battery Charge [Complete]
  • USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]
  • ABRS Familiarization [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • ABRS Checkout  [Complete]
  • Comm Config for ТК 709 Relocation [Complete]
  • Downlink photo of the external surface of СА-БО ТК 709 hatch cover [Complete]
  • ТК-MRM1 Transfer Hatch Closure before Relocation  [Complete]
  • ТК 709- MRM1 Hatch Leak Check  [Complete]
  • Tool caddy consolidation, photography, photo downlink  [Complete]
  • Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Kazbek Fit Check [Complete]
  • Start application NASA MPEG2 Viewer and monitor TV signal on Laptop SSC CP  [Complete]
  • D2XS Battery Charge [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Review [Complete]
  • RINGS – Battery Setup [Complete]
  • Start application NASA MPEG2 Viewer and monitor TV signal on CP SSC Laptop  [Complete]
  • Reconfigure MRM1-ТК PEV to CLOSED position  [Complete]
  • Photography of ТК 709 СтА from SM Window No.7 During Relocation and Photo Downlink  [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • ТК 709 Relocation from MRM1 to SM Aft  [Complete]
  • Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Start Orlan Suit 1,2 Drying
  • Deactivation of SM TVS. Turn off CP SSC Laptop Application After Relocation
  • ТК 709 Comm reconfig for nominal ops after relocation
  • ICE-SCOF cable connection [Complete]
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВ-К2М БКО – sampler replacement
  • Switching ПрК-ТК PEV to ELECTR CONTR mode
  • БРП-М water sampling to drink bags
  • RINGS – Battery Replacement [Complete]
  • ТК 709 – SM Aft I/F Leak Check  [Complete]
  • WHC Fill [Complete]
  • СВО-ЗВ water sampling to Russian drink bags [Complete]  
  • Greetings Video Footage [Complete]
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHS) Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter Changeout [Complete]
  • ТК-SM Aft hatch opening after relocation  [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side [Complete]  
  • RINGS – Battery Swap [Complete]
  • Photo of a trace left by the Docking Mechanism Probe on the SM АСП-О Receiving Cone after TK 709 Relocation [Complete]
  • Terminate Drying of Suit 1,2 [Complete]  
  • Still cameras configuration before EVA [Complete]
  • Start Drying Spacesuit 3 and Set Up the 1st Pair of Gloves for Drying [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]  
  • Docking Cone Internal Surface Photos/Video Downlink [Complete]  
  • TK 709 Deactivation after Relocation [Complete]  
  • NanoRacks Module 9 Activation [Complete]
  • Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair [Complete]  
  • MSPR – Microscope Preparation and Activation [Complete]  
  • TK 709 Deactivation after Relocation [Complete]  
  • EVA Camera Transfer [Complete]
  • Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Stow Operations [Complete]
  • RINGS – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • BLR48 – starting measurement [Complete]
  • Terminate Drying the Second Pair of Gloves  [Complete]
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВК-2М БКО – removing sampler, disassembling config  [Complete]
  • Finish Drying the 3rd suit, Start Drying the 3rd Pair of Gloves [Complete]
  • Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves  [Complete]
  • Stow Suits and Gloves after Drying  [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • Crew Departure Prep [In Work]
  • InSpace Experiment Run
  • Load Master Questionnaire [In Work]
  • Windows on Earth Photos
  • 35S Prepack [In Work]
  • ARED Bench Cover R&R
  • Data Prep for Return


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • Soyuz 35S Relocation  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 11/02: Weekly Cleaning, ATV-4 Re-entry Photos, Off Duty
  • Sunday, 11/03: Off Duty
  • Monday, 11/04: SPHERES, Biological Rhythms

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) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up