ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/17/14

USOS Food Warmer Status: Yesterday the Express Rack 6 Solid State Power Control Module (SSPCM) to the USOS Food Warmer experience an over current trip.  The ground teams continue to investigate the failure, in the meantime the crew has deployed a spare USOS food warmer in the Lab.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Zero Robotics Competition:  Mastracchio and Kotov conducted the Zero Robotics High School 2013 Final Competition utilizing the SPHERES satellites onboard the ISS.  As part of the competition, high school students from the United States and Europe wrote algorithms for the SPHERES satellites to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions. The algorithms were then tested by the SPHERES team and the 45 best designs were selected for the competition.  The competition was downlinked live and recorded in 3 dimensions (3-D) with the onboard 3DA1 camera.  The winner of the European competition was team C.O.F.F.E.E and for the United States was “yObOtics! Gru Eagles”.

Aniso Tubule Preparation for Microscope Observation:  FE-6 Wakata activated and prepared the Multi Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) fluorescent microscope for observation of an Aniso Tubule sample.   He then retrieved the sample from the Cell Biology Experiment Unit (CBEF) where it is being cultivated, and place it on the microscope for 48 hour observation.  The Aniso Tubule experiment investigates the roles of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in gravity-induced growth modification of plant stems.

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Laptop Deployment: Wakata deployed a new OCT Laptop.  Two new OCT Laptops arrived on Orbital-1 as a replacement to the T61p Alternate Station Computer (ASC) laptops, which was previously used for vision testing.  It is expected that the combination of the upgraded laptop hardware and the newer operating system will provide an increase in performance for OCT scans. The first scheduled use of the new OCT laptop is Hopkins vision test on Monday.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Functional Cargo Block (FGB) Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) Grapple:  Ground controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and then maneuver the SSRMS to the FGB PDGF grapple position.  The ground controller did grapple the FGB PDGF for the first time, however the electrical checkout is planned for next week.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Conference on Specifics of ТКГ TORU Ops [Complete]
  • CIR – Video Setup and Rack Doors Open [Complete]
  • CIR Front End Cap Open [Complete]
  • Image Processing Unit (IPU) Video Recording Unit (VRU) Hard Disk Exchange [Complete]
  • MDCA – Replacement of Fuel Reservoir 1 [Complete]
  • Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO [Complete]
  • IMS Update  [Complete]
  • Installation of СУБК Diagnostic Equipment 74А03 in FGB [Complete]
  • MSPR – Installing Test Sample for Microscope [Complete]
  • TERMO-LADA. Visual Inspection of Hardware Operation  [Complete]
  • NAPOR-MINI RSA. Checking Connectors [Complete]
  • Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (БЖ) after Shutdown  [Complete]
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • CIR Front End Cap Close [Complete]
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold Bottle Replacement [Complete]
  • Aniso – Prep for Observation [Complete]
  • Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO.  [Complete]
  • CIR – Rack Doors Close [Complete]
  • Installation of СУБК Diagnostic Equipment 74А03 in FGB (Closeout Ops).   [Complete]
  • 3DA1 Camcorder Setup [Complete]
  • SPHERES Zero Robotics Setup and Checkout [Complete]
  • SPLANH. P/L Health Check  [Complete]
  • SPHERES Zero Robotics Welcome [Complete]
  • NINJA Document Printout [Complete]
  • De-mating RACU 5, 6 Connectors  [Complete]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Test Run [Complete]
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Hardware Deployment [Complete]
  • IWIS RSU R&R in SM  [Complete]
  • EDV [KOB] Separation for Elektron  [Complete]
  • Cleaning ГЖТ4 (Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger) ВТ-7 Fan Screen  [Complete]
  • Napor-mini RSA. Checking Connectors [Complete]
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Hard Drive Prep [Complete]
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Laptop Data Load [Complete]
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Laptop Data Load 2 [Complete]
  • SPHERES Shutdown [Complete]
  • ENERGY Big Picture Words Reading [Complete]
  • 3DA1 Camcorder Removal, File Copying and Downlink [Complete]
  • ENERGY. Hardware Pre-Assembly [Complete]
  • EMU LIB battery Charge (end) [Complete]
  • SODI – Connect External Hard Drive [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • ENERGY. Experiment Tagup [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Flight Director/ISS Crew Tagup [Complete]
  • USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • National Geographic B Roll Part 4 [In Work]
  • Replace KTO
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Stow Items for Disposal  to Progress 420 with IMS Update
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • Columbus HD Assessment
  • Gather fluid plugs [Complete]
  • SAFER Trainer Stow  [Complete]
  • Audit and consolidate wet trash bags and trash bag liners.  [Complete] 


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete] 
  • FGB PDGF Grapple [Complete] 
  • Reboost  

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 01/18: Weekly Cleaning, Crew off duty
  • Sunday, 01/19: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 01/20: Vision Test, Express Rack 2 ARIS Removal, ENERGY, NanoRack Module 38 Final Ops

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group: 

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[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