ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/10/13

Proximity Communications System (PROX) Checkout: Following yesterday’s successful checkout of PROX String “B”Flight Engineer (FE)3 Hopkins worked with ground teams in order to checkout PROX String “A”.  Cygnus Launch Commit Criteria Flight Rules require verification of two fully functional ISS PROX equipment strings prior to launch.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Zero Robotics Test Session:  Hopkins and FE-5 Mastracchio tested several components to be used in the upcoming Zero Robotics High School tournament. They demonstrated game features and a full head-to-head match to assist students in preparing tests for the competition that will be held over the fall semester and winter break. SPHERES Zero Robotics provides high school students with the opportunity to act as ground controllers for research in space that utilizes the SPHERES satellites.  As part of the competition, students write algorithms for the SPHERES satellites to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions. The algorithms are then tested by the SPHERES team and the best designs are selected for the competition to operate the SPHERES satellites on board the ISS.

Cosmo Shoot:  FE-6 Wakata set up the 4K camera and accessories in the Cupola and then checked the angle of view prior to the ground capturing images of the Lovejoy comet and other celestial events.  Following the imagery capture Wakata removed the hardware and temporarily stowed it in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Human Research Facility (HRF) Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD) Body Measures:  Hopkins performed the first optional, crew requested body mass measurements.  SLAMMD provides body mass through the application of Newton’s Second Law of Motion (force is equal to mass times acceleration).  Two springs were used to generate a known force against a crewmember mounted on an extension arm and the resulting acceleration will be used to calculate his mass.

Inter Orbit Communication System (ICS) Comm. Check:  Wakata performed a JEM Space to Ground (S/G)-1 Comm Check with Tsukuba Space Center utilizing the newly repaired ICS.  Although the two way comm. check was successful at Tsukuba, MCC-H failed to hear Wakata’s voice on the downlink.  Teams are investigating ground equipment configuration. ICS provides an independent intercommunications network between the JEM and the Tsukuba Space Center, utilizing JAXA’s Data Relay Test Satellite (DRTS).

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Cosmo Shoot Setup  [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Review  [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO   [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Photography before Dual Axes Pointing Platform (ДПН) Test  [Complete]
  • MSPR – Deactivation of Laptop and Equipment [Complete]
  • Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Checkout for BSP-A and TRX-A  [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO  [Complete]
  • PAO with ISS IP Delegation (Ku + S-band)  [Complete]
  • ТКГ 421 Transfers and IMS Updates  [Complete]
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Installation of МАКТ, МКСД, routing cables 17КС.600Ю 8260А51-30, -40  [Complete]
  • COSMO – Camera Preparation [Complete]
  • HRF – Accessories Kit Audit [Complete]
  • COSMO – Setting Camera, Connecting Microphone [Complete]
  • COSMO – Camera View Check [Complete]
  • WRM – Condensate Pumping Initiation  [Complete]
  • CIR. Hardware Review [Complete]
  • WRM – Terminate Condensate Pumping  [Complete]
  • SPHERES Video and SSC Setup  [Complete]
  • IMS Update  [Complete]
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Mating cable 17КС.42Ю -8242А-9130 telemetry connector.  [Complete]
  • SPHERES Test Setup [Complete]
  • Greetings Video Footage  [Complete]
  • CIR – Upper Rack Doors Open  [Complete]
  • SPHERES Test Run [Complete]
  • CIR Manifold Bottle Replacement [Complete]
  • Inspection of ВГЖТ3 fan installation area in SM to assess feasibility of access for replacement.  [Complete]
  • БСПН Software Patch Installation.   [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • CIR – Upper Rack Doors Close [Complete]
  • БСПН Log-File Dump  [Complete]
  • Flange removal from fans 5006  [Complete]
  • BSA Battery Recharge Initiate [Complete]
  • SPHERES Test Shutdown [Complete]
  • SPHERES SSC Relocate [Complete]
  • Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) Maintenance Unit Relocation [Complete]
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup [Complete]
  • HRF1 SLAMMD Setup  [Complete]
  • HRF1 SLAMMD – Body Mass Measurement [Complete]
  • Private conference with exercise specialist [Complete]
  • HRF1 SLAMMD Stow [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Photography after ДПН test  [Complete]
  • ISS Medical Accessory Kit (IMAK) Unpack [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video  [Complete]
  • JEM Space-to-Ground Checkout [Complete]
  • УКВ2д (SM) Comm Check (УКВ2)  [Complete]
  • COSMO – Hardware Deactivation, Closeout [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video  [Complete]
  • COSMO – Temporary Stowage [Complete]
  • USOS Window Shutter Closure

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation 
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • UCB Consolidation Activity [Aborted]
  • Unpack remaining 53P USOS hardware  [Complete]


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • Cuploa Window Heaters Powerdown Test

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 12/11: Airlock Reconfig prep for NORS, Cygnus Robotics OBT, CBCS Install, Spinal Ultrasounds, Reboost
  • Thursday, 12/12: Spinal Scans, CFE, Nanoracks OBT, Aniso Tubule
  • Friday, 12/13:  ABRS Cooling loop flush, BODYM Ops, Cygnus Offset Grapple OBT, Reboost

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