ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/18/14

Orbital 1 Departure: Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) in the hot backup configuration for Cygnus unberthing and release.  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata and FE-3 Hopkins demated Cygnus from the Node 2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) and used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to uninstall Cygnus and maneuver the spacecraft to the release position. The crew subsequently released Cygnus at 5:42 am CST.  Following the release, Robotics Ground Controllers reconfigured the MSS for nominal operations, used the SSRMS cameras to support an inspection survey of the Node 2 Nadir Active CBM, and powered down the MSS.   Cygnus is scheduled for a destructive re-entry tomorrow, February 19th.

Aniso Tubule Light Treatment:  Wakata retrieved the Aniso Tubule sample from a MELFI and attached a ziplock bag containing the Sample Chamber onto a Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) door to expose it to light. Later in the afternoon, he inserted the Sample Chamber into a light proof bag.  In the coming days,  the sample will be retrieved and placed on the Multi Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) flourescent microscope for a 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.

Burning and Suppression of Solids – 2 (BASS-2) Experiment:  FE-5 Mastracchio performed an internal inspection and cleaning of the Smoke Point In Co-flow Experiment (SPICE) Experiment Assembly.  He then set up the BASS hardware and performed two flame tests with ground support from the experiment Principal Investigator.  SPICE determines the point at which gas-jet flames (similar to a butane-lighter flame) begin to emit soot in microgravity. Studying a soot emitting flame is important in understanding the ability of fires to spread and in control of soot in practical combustion systems space.  BASS-2 tests the hypothesis that materials in microgravity with adequate ventilation will burn as well or better than in normal gravity with other conditions being identical.  The main variables to be tested are the effects of ambient oxygen concentration, ventilation flow velocity, and fuel type, thickness, and geometry.  Flame growth rates are useful in determining how quickly a fire in space can grow and if the flames reach a finite size or continue to grow.  This has implications for firefighting strategies in spacecraft.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • REACTION – self-reaction test [Complete]
  • USOS window shutter close [Complete]
  • Check and report results of  [ВКС] laptops antivirus scan / r/g 4860 [Complete]
  • DPC(S-band) [Complete]
  • Cygnus – HCP installation [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Manual mixing in bioreactor / r/g 4787 [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Battery charge (init) / r/g 3620 [Complete]
  • BAR. Experiment run. r/g 4883 [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Cygnus – HCP checkout [Complete]
  • Camera setup to send view to monitor 3 of LAB RWS [Complete]
  • Cygnus/Node 2 – vestibule pressure check [Complete]
  • RWS – configuration [Complete]
  • ANISO – MELFI sample retrieval
  • ANISO – installation of zip-locks with samples
  • Node 2 CBM – undocking [Complete]
  • СОТР] HW audit / r/g 4886
  • Cygnus undocking using SSRMS [Complete]
  • Cygnus/Node 2 – vestibule depress termination [Complete]
  • Samples taking using microbiological air sampler kit  [Complete]
  • Greetings video / r/g 4888 [Complete]
  • Cygnus release from SSRMS [Complete]
  • БВН grill cleaning in Soyuz #710  [Complete]
  • GFE-1. Battery charge for RELAKSATSIA payload / r/g 4112  [Complete]
  • Prep for МRМ2 window inspection and photography  r/g 4866  [Complete]
  • ALBEDO. Setup, imagery using ФСС hw, close-out ops.  r/g 4885  [Complete]
  • SSRMS – maneuver to parking position  [Complete]
  • Cygnus – HCP inhibit [Complete]
  • Cygnus – PROX power off [Complete]
  • Glove box inspection and activation for microgravity experiments   [Complete]
  • Open FIR liquid research rack doors   [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIA. HW setup. r/g 4879   [Complete]
  • FIR: F/O white cable switch on microscope   [Complete]
  • СОТР audit/ r/g 4886   [Complete]
  • VELIKOYE NACHALO. Video script review. r/g 4882  [Complete]
  • Close FIR liquid research rack doors   [Complete]
  • Cygnus – HCP stow  [Complete]
  • Collection and cultivation of samples using SSK  [Complete]
  • Start BASS operation    [Complete]
  • МRМ2 RS ISS window inspection and photography. r/g 4866  [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIA. Parameter setting. r/g 4879  [Complete]
  • RWS deactivation  [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIA. Observation. r/g 4879    [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIA. Close-out ops.r/g 4879    [Complete]
  • BASS close out ops  [Complete]
  • MOTOKARD. Experiment run. r/g 4880   [Complete]
  • PMC (S+Ku-band)  [Complete]
  • MOTOKARD. Assist in experiment  r/g 4881   [Complete]
  • ANISO- samples stow in bags  [Complete]
  • ISERV- window shutter open  [Complete]
  • KASKAD. Manual mixing in bioreactor / r/g 4787  [Complete]
  • URAGAN. Observations and photography. r/g 4884   [Complete]
  • IMS update   [Complete]
  • Journal entry  [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • Data prep return-CDR, FE-2, FE-3
  • Food warmer 1001 troubleshooting Part 2  [Complete]
  • Food warmer 1007 troubleshooting [Deferred]


  • Nominal Commanding   [Complete]
  • Cygnus Unberth/Release Activities [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 02/19: BASS, CFE, Sprint VO2
  • Thursday, 02/20: SPINAL Scans, BASS
  • Friday, 02/21: Crew Holiday

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