ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/13

External Thermal Control System (ETCS) Loop A Status:  ETCS Loop A is still operating without full temperature control.  The Loop A Interface Heat Exchangers (IFHX) are still bypassed and isolated, preventing internal heat rejection on loop A.  ETCS Loop B continues to operate nominally.  Due to the loss of heat rejection for the N2 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL), half of the power loads in the N2, JEM and Columbus modules have been powered down. Overnight, the suspect Flow Control Valve (FCV) was successfully commanded through its entire range. The process commanded the FCV in 5 degree increments from the full radiator bypass position to the full radiator flow position and then returned it back to the full bypass position.  Flow rates were measured to be less than expected.

At 3:50pm CST today the Flight Control Team removed power from ETCS Loop A Pump Control Valve Package (PCVP) and will leave it off for approximately 2 hours in an effort to regain FCV functionality. Engineering teams will continue to assess fault tree and impacts to the current on-board configuration.     

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons 2 (RaDI-N2) Space Bubble Detector Deploy:  Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio deployed 8 “bubble detectors” in a special pouch.  Radi-N2 is a follow-on investigation of RaDI-N1 and Matroshka-R experiments.  RaDI-N2 is designed to characterize the neutron radiation environment inside the ISS. The 8 neutron “bubble detectors” are attached to fixed locations inside the ISS, including one carried by a crewmember. The results of this investigation will be used to define the risk to ISS crewmembers’ health and in the development of advanced protective measures for future space flights.

Preparation for Nanoracks Hardware Arrival on Orbital-1 Vehicle:  FE-6 Wakata reviewed onboard computer-based training materials for accessing NanoRacks platforms, reconfiguring modules, and operating NanoRacks Microscope-1 and Microsocpe-2.  To prepare for the arrival of additional NanoRacks hardware on the Orbital-1 vehicle, he removed NanoRacks Platform-2 hardware and reconfigure the locker for stowage use.

Airlock Heater Jumper Installation:  Hopkins installed an Airlock Contingency Jumper to regain functionality of the Airlock Zone 3 and 4 secondary heaters.  The jumper will will bypass the solid-state thermostates in the heater circuit that is believed to be a failed-open circuit.  A patch to the INT MDM will be loaded over the weekend to support software control to the heaters.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • HRF – Urine Collection Operations [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • Removal and Stowage of 2 IWIS RSUs: One in Node 3, another –  in JPM  [Complete]
  • РСПИ. БЗУ Software Upgrade  [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors
  • Preparing for ISS RS SM fan replacement with low-noise units [Complete]
  • Installation of ТВМ-1Н SW version to support Optical Telescope System [СОТ] functionality on RS  [Complete]
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВВ1РО fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters to USOS  [Complete]
  • RADIN – Handover of RADIN dosimeters [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter detector initialization and deployment for exposure [Complete]  
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons (RADIN)  [Complete]
  • MMA Laptop Terminal 2 (MLT2) Battery Swap [Complete]
  • Station Support Computer 2 (SSC2) Battery Swap. [Complete]
  • HRF – Stow Urine Collection Equipment [Complete]
  • ТКГ 421 Transfers and IMS Updates   [Complete]
  • UCB Consolidation Activity [Complete]
  • Preparing for ТА515 Replacement (БФС2А) in SM БИТС2-12 system  [Complete]
  • Replacement of ТА515 (БФС2А) in SM БИТС2-12 System [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВВ2РО fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM [Complete]
  • RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations [Complete]
  • Closeout Ops after replacement of ТА515 (БФС2А) in SM БИТС2-12 System [Complete]
  • URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System Battery Charge (start) [Complete]  
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Photography before Dual Axes Pointing Platform (ДПН) Test [Complete]  
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings  [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]  
  • БРП-М No. 0911001 R&R Ops [Complete]
  • Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements [Complete]
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. Photography after Dual Pointing Platform (ДПН) test  [Complete]
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Battery Recharge Terminate [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]  
  • NANORACK-P Big Picture Overview [Complete]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • NANORACKS – Platform Removal  [Complete] 
  • IFM-A/L – Installation of Heater Jumper Part 1 [Complete]
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (ФСС) [Complete]
  • IFM-A/L – Installation of Heater Jumper Part 2 [Complete]
  • Swapping EMUs in prep for EMU-LOOP-SCRUB PT1 [Complete]
  • Download Pille Dosimeter Readings [Complete]  
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop  [Complete]
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE. Experiment Ops [Complete]  

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation  [Complete]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • ARED Heel Block Inspection [Complete]
  • Lab PCS Harddrive Swap[Complete]
  • National Geographic B-Role


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • A/L heater checkout [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 12/13:  ABRS Cooling loop flush, BODYM Ops, Cygnus Offset Grapple OBT, Reboost
  • Saturday, 12/14:  Cosmos 4k camera operations, Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty
  • Sunday, 12/15: Crew Off Duty

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