ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/11/14

Cube Satellite (CubeSat) Deploys: Yesterday the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (RMS) was used to move 8 NanoRacks CubSat Deployers (NRCSDs) from the JEM Airlock to the deploy position.  These NRCSDs contain a total of 16 small cube satellites. Today JAXA Robotic Flight Controllers successfully deployed the first 4 CubeSats.  The remaining satellites in the NRCSDs on the JEMRMS will be launched this week.  CubeSat format satellites are launched from the ISS for a variety of commercial and national customers.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Resonant Inductive Near-field Generation System (RINGS) Test Session:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata and FE-3 Hopkins completed integration of RINGS hardware with two SPHERES satellites, set up cameras, loaded programs into the satellites, and performed the second RINGS test session.  The RINGS experiment tests hardware and software that enables relative station keeping, maneuvering and attitude control between two SPHERES satellites using steerable electromagnetic dipoles.

Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Annual Recertification: FE-5 Mastracchio performed MSG annual recertification activities including sensor checkouts, inspections and work volume cleaning. The MSG is one of the major dedicated science facilities inside the US Laboratory module.  It has a large front window and built-in gloves to provide a sealed environment for conducting science and technology experiments. The Glovebox is particularly suited for handling hazardous materials when the crew is present.  The MSG supports investigations in microgravity that are similar to those carried out in ground-based laboratories.

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons 2 (RaDI-N2) Detector Processing:  FE-5 Mastracchio retrieved 8 bubble detectors from their deployed locations, concluding the fourth of five planned sessions. He then handed over the detectors to a Russian crew member who will process them in the Bubble Reader.  Radi-N2 is a follow-on investigation of RaDI-N1 and the Matroshka-R experiments conducted on ISS. The 8 neutron “bubble detectors” are attached to fixed locations inside the ISS, including one carried by a crewmember. RaDI-N2 is designed to characterize the neutron radiation environment inside the ISS. 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.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) on the Prime String and released Latching End Effector A (LEE-A) from the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF).  They then maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) away from the Lab and into position to perform the first session of SSRMS Force Moment Sensor (FMS) Data Gathering.   They calibrated the LEE-A FMS and collected FMS data for one orbit.  They then powered down the SSRMS and powered it up on the Redundant String, re-calibrated the LEE-A FMS and started the second session of data gathering.  At the completion of this session, the Robotic Ground Controllers will pick up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) with the SSRMS and maneuver it into position for the start of the third and fourth sessions of FMS Data Gathering planned for tomorrow.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor [Complete]
  • SPHERES RINGS procedures review [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings [Complete]
  • CIR alignment guide install [Complete]
  • On MCC GO Urine transfer from EDV-U No. 1013 to ТКГ 422  [Complete]
  • MSG Science Glovebox yearly cert review [Complete]
  • Cubesat deploy photos [Complete]
  • SPHERES test setup [Complete]
  • Dust Filter Replacement and MRM1 ГЖТ Cleaning [Complete]
  • MSG Glovebox sensor checkout power on [Complete]
  • SPHERES RINGS ops [Complete]
  • Radi-N [Complete]
  • Radi-N H/W handover [Complete]
  • MSG Science Glovebox c/o step 1A with crew [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters from USOS  [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter collection and measurements [Complete]
  • Biolab Microscope D&C cassette removal [Complete]
  • Restow items from microscope cassette removal [Complete]
  • SPHERES test shutdown [In work]
  • MSG Science Glovebox c/o step 2A with crew [Complete]
  • HMS OHA EarQ s/w setup, test  [Complete]
  • MSG Science Glovebox c/o step 3A with crew [Complete]
  • Journals  [Complete]
  • PAO HD config setup
  • 24-hour ECG (termination) [Complete]
  • PAO event  [Complete]
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF rack setup/power on  [Complete]
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check / SM Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System  [Complete]
  • ТКГ 422 Unloading and IMS Updates  [Complete]
  • MSG equipment inspection & cleaning  [Complete]
  • 24-hour BP monitoring (start) [Complete]
  • ТК 710 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Setup, Initiate Charging  [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
  • MRM1 Fan Screen Cleaning (Group B) [Complete]
  • ТК 711 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Initiate Charge  [Complete]
  • ТК 711 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Battery Status Check  [Complete]
  • ТК 711 IRIDIUM Phone Recharge, Terminate Charge [Complete]
  • Photography of FGB 74А03 unit [Complete]
  • ТКГ 422 Transfers and IMS Ops  [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Photo Spectral System (ФСС) Prep, Imagery [Complete]
  • ТКГ 422 Transfers and IMS Updates  [Complete]
  • Filling (separation) of EDV [KOV] for Elektron / Atmosphere Revitalization System   [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • ТКГ 422 Transfers and IMS Ops [Complete]
  • FGB Dust Collector ПС1, ПС2 Filter Replacement  [Complete]
  • IMS Update  [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete] 

Task List

  • ·         ARED Cylinder Evac
  • ·         KTO Replace
  • ·         ЕДВ-У R&R
  • ·         WHC EDV Build [Complete]
  • ·         Lamp Housing Assembly (LHA) R&R [Complete]
  • ·         Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • ·         EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • ·         Data prep return-CDR, FE-2, FE-3


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • MSS Operations [In Work]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 02/12: CubSat Deploys, Ocular Health Blood Pressure, BASS, Treadmill 2 Accelerometer R&R
  • Thursday, 02/13: Emergency OBT Drill, OCT, Fundoscope
  • Friday, 02/14: Ocular Health Cardiac Ops, Cygnus OBT, BASS

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) On
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) Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up