ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/25/14

Cube Satellite (CubeSat) Operations and Deploys: This morning, Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata depressurized the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock, opened the outer hatch and extended the slide table out to the JEM Exposed Facility (JEF) on the exterior of the ISS. JAXA Flight Controllers removed the 8 NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers (NRCSDs) from the slide table utilizing the JEM Remote Manipulator System (RMS) and moved them to their deploy position.  Two Cubesats were then successfully launched from one of these NRCSDs.  Later this week, 15 additional Cubesats will be launched from the remaining NRCSDs. CubeSat format satellites are launched from the ISS for a variety of commercial and national customers.

Aniso Tubule Light Treatment: Wakata retrieved the Aniso Tubule sample for the fourth run 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 he inserted the Sample Chamber into a light proof bag.  Later this week, the sample will be retrieved and placed 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.

Material Science Laboratory (MSL) Solidification and Quench Furnace (SQF) Sample Cartridge Exchange:  FE-5 Mastracchio removed a sample cartridge that had completed processing from the SQF and replaced it with Microstructure Formation in Casting of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions  (MICAST)-2 test sample 13. The removed sample will be returned to the ground for analysis.  This investigation aims to deepen the understanding of the physical principles that govern solidification processes in metal alloys. The patterns of the crystals resulting from transitions of liquids to solids is of substantial importance to processes in producing materials such as solar cells, thermoelectrics, and metal alloys.

JEM Internal Thermal Control Systems (ITCS) Maintenance: FE-3 Hopkins installed an ITCS Maintenance Canister in the JEM today.  All USOS module ITCSs (except Node 2) contain a biocide called Ortho-Phthalaldehyde (OPA).  This biocide degrades naturally over time and in order to replenish it, a maintenance canister must be installed in line with the ITCS allowing fluid to flow through it for a set amount of time. It will then will be removed and stowed.  JEM is currently near its lower limit for OPA.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) 3010 Pump Inlet Filter Remove and Replace (R&R): Mastracchio replaced the Pump Inlet Filter for EMU 3010. The old filter will be returned to the ground on Soyuz 36S to help investigate the various hardware and water sources that may have contributed to the water anomaly failure of EMU 3011.

In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Clean: Hopkins cleaned the Port CQ intake and exhaust ducts as well as fan and flow sensors. The activity is performed once every 6 months as preventive maintenance.

Water Processor Assembly (WPA) Fault – During last night’s process cycle, the WPA annunciated a Process 3 Fault.  It is believed that the signatures seen are indicative of a Catalytic Reactor leak.  Console operators took the WPA to stop mode.   Ground teams are assessing the problem.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • REMINDER – Reading PFE Reminder [Complete]
  • SPLANH. Experiment Ops / r/g 4920 [Complete]
  • SPLANH. Photography of the Experiment Ops / r/g 4921 [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Depress [Complete]
  • ITCS Maintenance [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 4787 [Complete]
  • OBSTANOVKA. (start) / r/g 4941 [Complete]
  • CIR – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery capacity check – equipment prep / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • ANISO – Sample Retrieval from MELFI [Complete]
  • ANISO – Setup of Ziploc bagged samples [Complete]
  • Install Makita drill battery for discharge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery discharge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Video of the Experiment / r/g 4928 [Complete]
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • End Makita Battery discharge, Remove battery from the drill / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • JEMRMS RLT Laptop Activation [Complete]
  • VIRTUAL. Setup, Conduct Experiment and Closeout Ops / r/g 4945 [Complete]
  • Periodic Fitness Evaluation – Nom Ops (assistance) [Complete]
  • Install Makita drill battery for charging / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • OBSTANOVKA. (end) / r/g 4941 [Complete]
  • Switching SM Kurs-P (SM) cables to MRM2 +Y port / r/g 3368 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Video of the Experiment / r/g 4927 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • SPLANH. Blood Biochemistry Analysis Repeat  r/g 4920 [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock – Leak Check [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Profile of Mood States (POMS) Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • SPLANH. Closeout Ops. r/g 4920 [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation [Complete]
  • End Makita drill battery charge,r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • EMU – Pump Inlet Filter R&R [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery capacity monitoring. Closeout Ops / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table extension to JEF side part 1 [Complete]
  • Physical Fitness Evaluation (on treadmill) / r/g 4940 [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 4791 [Complete]
  • Condensate Pumping Initiation [Aborted]
  • JEMRMS Attachment Mechanism (SAM) Release [Complete]
  • Condensate Pumping Terminate [Aborted]
  • Installation of Force Loader HC-1M / r/g 4943, 4944 [Complete]
  • Symvol-Ts ИТ-ЖК Unit Replacement. r/g 4947 [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 4791 [Complete]
  • MSL. Sample Cartridge Exchange  [Complete]
  • PROK – Diet Log [Complete]
  • EXPRS6 Laptop Hard Drive Swap [Complete]
  • IFM – Crew Quarters Cleaning  [Complete]
  • EXPRS6 – Laptop SW Load [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • TOCA Data Recording [Deferred]
  • JEM Airlock Retraction from JEF side and Outer Hatch Closure. Part 1  [Complete]
  • EXPRS6 Software Load [Complete]
  • GLACIER – Software Installation. [Complete]
  • MERLIN – Software Load [Complete]
  • MERLIN2 – Software Load [Complete]
  • ANISO – Sample Insertion into the bags [Complete]
  • SPLANH. Experiment Setup / r/g 4938 [Complete]
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings / r/g 4942 [Complete]
  • BODYM – Gather equipment  [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 4787 [Complete]
  • VIRU. Battery Charge (start) / r/g 4157 [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R [Complete]
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • IFM Food Warmer #1007 repair
  • IPAD gather [In work]
  • Verify ROBOT setup [Complete]
  • JSL Lab UIP Photo
  • 36S Pre-pack [In work]
  • ACY Insert Reconfig [Complete]
  • CD Library Cleanout [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [In work]
  • Data prep return-CDR, FE-2, FE-3
  • IFM NOD3OA4 LHA R&R [Complete]
  • LAB1O5 ZSR Audit
  • Regen Kit Relabel [Complete]


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • NRCSD deploys [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 02/26: Body Measures, ABC2 R&R, NRCSD deploys
  • Thursday, 02/27: Try Zero G Experiment, Dragon rendezvous OBT, NRCSD deploys
  • Friday, 02/28: SPHERES Slosh, Aniso Tubule, NRCSD deploys

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[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) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up