ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/09/13

Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and PROX Checkout: This morning, Flight Engineer (FE)3 Hopkins assembled the HCP and routed power and data  cables from JEM to the Cupola.  Later in the day, he worked with ground teams in order to checkout the HCP and string “B” of the Proximity Communications System (PROX). PROX is a wireless communications system that enables direct communications between the Cygnus spacecraft and ISS.  Utilizing the HCP, ISS Crew has the ability to send commands for Cygnus to retreat to 30m or 100m below ISS, hold approach, free drift, or abort during its final approach to the ISS. Cygnus Launch Commit Criteria Flight Rules require verification of two fully functional ISS PROX equipment strings prior to launch.

Cygnus Robotics OBT: Hopkins and FE-6 Wakata participated in a Robotics OBT session in preparation for Cygnus Orbital 1 Mission. Utilizing an onboard simulator, the crew practiced setting up external cameras, robotic overlays, and maneuvering the SSRMS to capture the Cygnus spacecraft.

Robonaut Operations: FE-5 Mastracchio retrieved and installed Robonaut and supporting hardware on a lab seat track and connected cables to prepare for commanded operations.  He powered on Robonaut in conjunction with ground commanding and verified the configuration was adequate for upcoming activities.  Today’s operations included the Robonaut interfacing with a task board that has interchangeable task panels. Robonaut was developed under the Space Act Agreement between NASA and General Motors (GM) and was launched to the ISS on STS-133. Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot designed with the versatility and dexterity to manipulate hardware, exhibit greater endurance than humans and react safely when bumped or interacted with in a way that was not expected.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • REACTION – Self-Reaction Test [Complete]
  • Setup for Robotics OBT [Complete]
  • Prep for ISS RS SM fan replacement with low-noise units.  [Complete]
  • BRI Configuration File Update, Log file dump. [Complete]
  • Hardware Command Panel (HCP) and HCP Power/Data Cables Setup [Complete]
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • Robonaut procedure review [Complete]
  • SEINER. Photo Spectral System (ФСС) Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВТ1 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete]
  • Cygnus PROX Switch ON and HCP Switch ON and OFF  [Complete]
  • JAXA Commercial Mission Setup [Complete]
  • MELF2 – Desiccant Removal [Complete]
  • Waste and Hygeine Compartment (WHC) Partial Fill [Complete]
  • JAXA Commercial Mission Video Taking [Complete]
  • Cleaning up Columbus at / around COL1F4 in preparation for HRF-1 tilting down [Complete]
  • HRF1 – Rack tilting down [Complete]
  • JAXA Commercial Closeout [Complete]
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • Cygnus ROBoT1 OBT [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. BIOS setting adjustment in БЗУ.   [Complete]
  • Fan screen cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401) [Complete]  
  • Replacement of ВТ2 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete] 
  • Fan screen cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 116, 316, 231, 431) [Complete]  
  • Robotics OBT Debrief [Complete]
  • ROBONAUT- Camcorder Setup [Complete]
  • ROBONAUT – Hardware setup [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Verification of Ethernet cable connection to GbE1 БЗУ-М [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Verification of link with БЗУ-М [Complete]  
  • RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement [Complete]
  • MMU2 Memory Card Exchange. Part 2. [Complete]
  • ТКГ 421 Transfers and IMS Ops [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВТ2 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM – Close out ops [Complete]  
  • ROBONAUT System Power Up  [Complete]
  • SEINER. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (ФСС) [Complete]  
  • JAXA Commercial Closeout [Complete]
  • Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements [Complete]  
  • MMU2 Memory Card Exchange. Part 2 [Complete]
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHS) Pre-Treat Tank and Pre-Treat Tank Hose R&R  [Complete]
  • TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
  • BCAT-C1 – Image Transfer [Complete]
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Review Procedure and gather equipment [Complete]  
  • Tilt up the HRF1 Rack at COL1F4 [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]  
  • Reconfigure Columbus stowed items displaced in preparation for HRF-1 tilting [Complete]
  • JAXA Commercial Mission Playback Downlink End [Complete]
  • Cygnus Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Selfcheck for Prox C/O [Complete]
  • Cosmo Shoot CF Card 64GB data transfer [Complete]
  • Cosmo Shoot Laptop Setup [Complete]
  • Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Checkout for BSP-B and TRX-B before Cygnus docking [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • JRNL – Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
  • RGN – Initiate drain into EDV [Complete]
  • ROBONAUT System Power Down [Complete]
  • Robonaut Hardware Disassembly [Complete]
  • Exercise data downlink [Complete]  
  • RGN – Terminate drain into EDV [Complete]
  • БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination) [Complete]  
  • REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation   [Complete]
  • HCP Checkout review [Complete]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • FGB Dust Collector ПС1, ПС2 Filter Replacement
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • Troubleshooting of the Node 1 Camcorder to attempt to determine the cause of the black LCD
  • Cygnus ROBOT Self Study  [Complete]
  • Consolidate EHS hardware in JPM, PMM and LAB [Complete]
  • Stows loose items in response to crew note on GMT 321  [Complete]
  • UCB Consolidation Activity
  • Unpack remaining 53P USOS hardware


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • PROX checkout [Complete] 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 12/10: SPHERES, Cygnus HCP Checkout, HRF1 SLAMMD
  • Wednesday, 12/11: Airlock Reconfig prep for NORS, Cygnus Robotics OBT, CBCS Install, Spinal Ultrasounds
  • Thursday, 12/12: Spinal Scans, CFE, Nanoracks OBT, Aniso Tubule

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
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