ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/28/14

Cube Satellite (CubeSat) Operations:  Overnight the final 7 CubeSats were successfully launched by JAXA Robotic Flight Controllers from two NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers (NRCSDs).  Two Dove CubeSats and ArduSat-2, LitSat-1, LituanicaSat-1, UaPSat-1, and SkyCube CubeSats were launched.  A total of 17 CubeSats have been deployed from the NRCSDs this week. The NRCSDs and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) were then returned by the JEMRMS to the JEM Airlock Slide Table and brought back into the JEM.  CubeSat format satellites are launched from the ISS for a variety of commercial and national customers.

Aniso Tubule Experiment:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata retrieved the Aniso Tubule sample from the light proof bag and placed it on the Multi Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) fluorescent microscope for a 48 hour observation.  JAXA’s Aniso Tubule experiment investigates the roles of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in gravity-induced growth modification of plant stems.

Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Replacement of FIR Avionics Package and White Light Lamp:  FE-3 Hopkins  removed and replaced (R&R) the failed FIR Avionics Package and White Light Lamp. The FIR provides a central location onboard the ISS for fluid physics investigations into such areas as complex fluids (colloids and gels), instabilities (bubbles), interfacial phenomena (wetting and capillary action), and phase changes (boiling and cooling).  Understanding how fluids react in microgravity conditions may lead to improved designs for fuel tanks, water systems, and other fluid-based systems.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES)Slosh Session:  Mastracchio and Wakata conducted the second of two planned Slosh sessions.  The SPHERES-Slosh investigation hardware includes a pill shaped transparent lexan tank, an aluminum support structure with attach points for the SPHERES satellites, and several digital cameras. The Slosh test determines the inertia values about the principal axes of the SPHERES-Slosh experiment, characterizing the performance of the 24 thrusters on the SPHERES-Slosh system given thruster plume impingement and translation, rotation, and pitch open-loop maneuvers to provide benchmarking data for the behavior of fluids in a microgravity environment.

Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Remove and Replace (R&R):  In support of Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) troubleshooting, Wakata performed an R&R of the recycle tank. The fill of the new recycle tank is planned for tomorrow.  Recycle tanks are reusable bladders that hold resultant brine following waste processing from the UPA.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup / r/g 4968 [Complete]
  • REMINDER – Reading Reminder [Complete]
  • Morning Inspection. RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1009  [Complete]
  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection / r/g 4968 [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF Blood Draw [Complete]
  • CUBESAT. Photography in Cupola [Complete]
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference  [Complete]
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conf r/g 4951 [Complete]
  • HRF – Crew removes blood tubes and powers off the Refrigerated Centrifuge [Complete].
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF Blood Collection Hardware Stowage [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table extension to JEF side part 2 [Complete]
  • IMS Tagup [Complete]
  • LBNP Exercise (PRELIMINARY)  r/g 4965 [Complete]
  • ANISO – MSPR Components Activation [Complete]
  • FIR – Hardware Checkout, Rack Doors Open. Video Recording [Complete]
  • Preparation for stereo macro-photography of RS windows  r/g 4977 [Complete]
  • Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Hardware Replacement [Complete]
  • LBNP Exercise (PRELIMINARY) r/g 4965 [Complete]
  • JEMRMS – Closing SAM Capture Mechanism to Softdock position [Complete]
  • Image Processing Unit (IPU) Video Recording Unit (VRU) Hard Disk Exchange [Complete]
  • Set up video equipment to record ARED exercise [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops / r/g 4968 [Complete]
  • ТК 710 pre-pack / r/g 4897 [Complete]
  • SPHERES OBT Review [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYAHardware Setup. r/g 4969 [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor,  r/g 4972 [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Retraction from JEF side and Outer Hatch Closure. Part 2 [Complete]
  • JEMRMS RLT Laptop Deactivation [Complete]
  • ANISO – Preparation Ops [Complete]
  • Treadmill Т2 Monthly Inspection [Complete]
  • Flow water from through MRF [Complete]
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Payload Conference [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings. r/g 4969 [Complete]
  • SPHERES:  Hardware setup for the test [Complete]
  • Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill  [Complete]
  • FIR Rack Door Close [Complete]
  • HRF – Stow Urine Collection Equipment [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Observation  r/g 4969  [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops. r/g 4969 [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire  [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
  • ANISO – Sample prep [Complete]
  • Journal Entry [Complete]
  • ANISO – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • National Geographic Conference [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Experiment Ops  r/g 4973 [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • PROK – Diet Logfile and PH Logsheet Photography [Complete]
  • Stow Video Equipment Used for ARED Exercise Video [Complete]
  • ECLSS.. Recycle Tank R&R [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • IMS Update  [Complete]
  • SPHERES Camera Setup and Test Start [Complete]
  • SPHERES-Slosh Run [Complete]
  • ТК 710 pre-pack / r/g 4897 [Complete]
  • Stereo macro-photography of RS window panes. r/g 4977 [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Replacement of Dust Collector filters ПФ1, ПФ2  [Complete]
  • В1, В2 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1  [Complete]
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • SPHERES-Slosh Run [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Deactivation, Checkout, and Stowage [Complete]
  • SPHERES Flash Drive Download [Complete]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • Terminate transfer of water to the water storage tank via the MRF [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • 36S Pre-pack [In Work]
  • HMS Winscat (FE-3)
  • WRM degas
  • Crew Departure Prep [In Work]
  • Data prep return-CDR, FE-2, FE-3
  • Laptop cleanup 5 [Complete]
  • Dragon Robot self study [In Work]


  • Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 03/01: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
  • Sunday, 03/02: Crew Day Off
  • Monday, 03/03: CubeSat Deployer and MPEP removal, Ocular Health, EMU 3015 prep for return 

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 Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Standby
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