ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/10/14

Orbital 1 Status:  Following yesterday’s successful launch, the Cygnus spacecraft completed Delta Velocity (DV) burns 1 – 4 successfully. The Cygnus Control Room is not working any major issues at this time.  Capture is planned for Sunday, January 12th at approximately 5:02am CST. Cygnus will deliver 2,780 pounds of science experiments, hardware, and crew provisions to the ISS.

Payload 1 (PL-1) MDM Enhanced Processor Integrated Communications (EPIC) Card Replacement:  The PL-1 MDM has been experiencing an increased number of loss of communication events. The most likely cause of these issue has been traced to the EPIC card.  Today, Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio replaced the EPIC card in the PL-1 MDM with one of the three spares onboard.  The MDM has since been activated and is operating in a standby role.  The MDM will remain in this standby configuration for approximately 60 days before being configured to primary. PL-2 MDM has been operating without issues as the primary MDM.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Set Screw Tightening:  FE-3 Hopkins tightened and torqued multiple set screws within the ARED Cylinder Flywheels. The set screws have a history of becoming loose and a yearly maintenance activity is in place to tighten the screws.

Aniso Tubule Experiment:  Today, FE-6 Wakata performed activities in support of JAXA’s Aniso Tubule experiment.  He watered the second set of seeds in a sample chamber and then stowed the chamber in a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) to simulate the winter season for plants.  The Aniso Tubule experiment investigates the roles of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in gravity-induced growth modification of plant stems.

eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE the ISS (ViABLE) Experiment:  Wakata touched the palm of his hand to experimental materials located on the top covers of ViABLE 4 bags. He also blew on experimental materials located on those covers.  This activity is performed every 45 days and the bags are photographed at 6 month intervals.  ViABLE involves the evaluation of microbial biofilm development on metallic and textile space materials located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches. Microbial biofilms are known for causing damage and contamination on the Mir space station and the ISS.  The potential application of novel methodologies and products to treat space materials may lead to improvements in the environmental quality of confined human habitats in space and on earth.

Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Vane Gap 2 Test:  Wakata set up and initiated a CFE Vane Gap 2 fluid test run.  Because liquids behave differently in space than they do on Earth, containers that can process, hold or transport them must be designed to work in microgravity. The CFE-2 furthers research on wetting (a liquid’s ability to spread across a surface) and its impact over large length scales in strange container shapes in microgravity environments. The results of these tests may be used to improve the capability to quickly and accurately predict how related processes occur, and support the design of improved systems to process liquids aboard spacecraft (i.e., liquid fuel tanks, thermals fluids, and water processing for life support).

Cosmo Shoot High Definition Television (HDTV) Recorder Removal and Replacement (R&R):  Wakata R&R’ed the failed Cosmo Shoot HDTV Recorder and then verified correct recording functionality.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • Biochemical Urine Test  [Complete]
  • URYSIS Hardware Stow  [Complete]
  • IMS Tagup (S-band)  [Complete]
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (ФСС).  [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • OH – Blood Pressure Operations and Recording Results  [Complete]
  • Circadian Rhythms Operations – Removal of Sensors from Thermolab [Complete]
  • OH – Blood Pressure Operations (assistance) [Complete]
  • OH – Blood Pressure Operations and Recording Results [Complete]
  • TERMO-LADA. Visual Inspection of Hardware Operation  [Complete]
  • OH – Blood Pressure Operations (assistance) [Complete]
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Tonometry Test Setup [Complete]
  • KAPLYA-2. Familiarization.   [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Tritel Readings  [Complete]
  • HMS – Tonometry Test  [Complete]
  • HMS  Tonometry Test – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors.  [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Photography during BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters to USOS  [Complete]
  • RADIN – Handover of RADIN dosimeters [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter detector initialization and exposure deployment [Complete]
  • RADIN – Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons (RADIN) Deployment [Complete]
  • JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
  • Preparing for ISS RS SM fan replacement with low-noise units.  [Complete]
  • Adjusting Position Of Cycle Ergometer ВБ-3М Left Pedal Connecting Rod.   [Complete]
  • PROK – Diet Log [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВГЖТ3 fan in ISS RS SM with the low-noise units and measuring the noise level using SLM.   [Complete]
  • Replacement of СД1-7 Lights with ССД305 Lights in FGB  [Complete]
  • EVA Debrief Conference [Complete]
  • Cleaning ISS RS Habitation Area Interior Panels  [Complete]
  • Robotics Workstation Setup [Complete]
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink Setup  [Complete]
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE Experiment Run By FE-4  [Complete]
  • Cleaning ISS RS Habitation Area Interior Panels  [Complete]
  • MSL Cartridge Exchange  [Complete]
  • RS Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements  [Complete]
  • IMS Update  [Complete]
  • Remote Workstation Monitor HD Video Downlink Deactivation [Complete] 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • IMS Edit
  • Replace KTO
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • National Engineers Week Message
  • National Geographic B Roll Part 4 [In Work]


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead: 

  • Saturday, 01/11: Cygnus OBTs
  • Sunday, 01/12: Cygnus Capture, install, and preparation for ingress
  • Monday, 01/13: Cygnus Ingress, Cargo Ops, Ants In Space

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