ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/27/14

Cube Satellite (CubeSat) Operations:  Four more CubeSats were successfully launched overnight by JAXA Robotic Flight Controllers from two NanoRacks CubeSat Deployers (NRCSDs).  The remaining 7 CubeSats will be deployed overnight.  CubeSat format satellites are launched from the ISS for a variety of commercial and national customers.

Try Zero-Gravity (Try Zero-G) Experiments:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata set up and completed JAXA Try Zero-G experiments while video of the activities were recorded with a camcorder.  Try Zero-G allows the public, especially kids, to vote for and suggest physical tasks for JAXA astronauts to perform to demonstrate the difference between zero and one gravity (G) for educational purposes.   Various categories of experiments are performed, including movements in space, spin (rotation), folding clothes, “Magic Carpet”, water pistol, eye drops, propulsion through space, and two-way movement. Video from these experiments will be used to support education resources for educators throughout Japan.

Burning and Suppression of Solids – 2 (BASS-2) Anomaly Investigation:  On February 20th the ISS crew identified discoloration and possible heat damage on the experiment assembly door.  Ground experts are investigating the root cause. Today FE-5 Mastracchio inspected the work volume and the electronics where the damage occurred and then evaluated the functionality of the door interlock switches which inhibit the abilities to energize the igniter and provide gas flow when the doors are open.   BASS-2 measurements of 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

Circadian Rhythms: Wakata donned Thermolab double sensors, mounted the Thermolab unit on his belt, and connected and powered on the unit for his fifth session of this experiment.  The equipment will be worn for the next 36 hours.  This study examines the circadian variation of astronaut’s cardiac autonomic function during space flight. The research is expected to provide insights into changes in those functions before, during and after long-duration space flight and may be used to improve the health care technology used for future ISS crewmembers.

Dragon Rendezvous On-board Training (OBT): Mastracchio and Wakata performed proficiency training on the Dragon mission profile, Dragon rendezvous crew procedures, and the crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding the spacecraft.

Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Sample:  FE-3 Hopkins obtained a sample from the OGA recirculation loop and performed conductivity measurements on the sample.  The sample will also be returned to the ground for analysis.  Periodic water samples are returned for chemical, particulate, and microbial analysis in order to determine when total organic carbon remediation should be implemented to avoid risk of irreversible contamination damage to the OGA.

JEM Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Sample Collection:  Hopkins removed an ITCS Maintenance Canister from the JEM ITCS which he installed on Tuesday to raise biocide Ortho-Phthalaldehyde (OPA) levels.  He then obtained a sample of the ITCS fluid for return to the ground. The 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.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup / r/g 4967 [Complete]
  • Morning Inspection. Laptop RS1(2) Reboot / Onboard Computer System [Complete]
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls [РСУ], [Complete]
  • Reading REMINDER [Complete]
  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection / r/g 4967 [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Installation [Complete]
  • CIR – Hardware Teardown [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 4787 [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery capacity check – equipment prep / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Conference with SSIPC Management [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • Installation of Version 4.1 SW on RSE1 Laptop (for Expose-R Experiment) r/g 4966 [Complete]
  • Install Makita drill battery for discharge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery discharge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • TRY ZERO G. Experiment Ops. [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops / r/g 4967 [Complete]
  • End Makita Battery discharge, Remove battery from the drill / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • TRY ZERO G. Start of Downlink [Aborted]
  • SPHERES Payload Review [Complete]
  • Video for Roscosmos TV Studio / r/g 4971 [Complete]
  • TRY ZERO G. Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • Install Makita drill battery for charging / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • SPHERES OBT [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • ITCS Maintenance [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Crew Support Local Area Network (LAN) (CSL) – Characterization Test [Complete]
  • Elektron-VM БССК (Signal And Command Matching Unit) R&R. r/g 4964 [Complete]
  • Surface samples from FGB equipment and structures / r/g 4949 [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • TRY ZERO G. End of Downlink [Aborted]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • Monitor Makita drill battery charge / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Flow water from through MRF  [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
  • End Makita drill battery charge, r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • Makita drill battery capacity monitoring. Closeout Ops / r/g 4926 [Complete]
  • J-ITCS Air Sampling [Complete]
  • Elektron-VM СТ-64 current stabilizer R&R. r/g 4964 [Complete]
  • Video for Roscosmos TV Studio / r/g 4902 [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Installation of Charged Batteries [Complete]
  • Diet Log [Complete]
  • On MCC Go Mating Telemetry connectors of СТ-64 current stabilizer and Elektron-VM Signal And Command Matching Unit (БССК) / r/g 4964 [Complete]
  • On MCC Go Mating БРПК-2 TLM-connector [Complete]
  • БКС cnctr Ш194/40  to БРП cnctr Ш194/40 [Complete]
  • Closeout Ops after СТ-64 current stabilizer and Elektron-VM БССК R&R. r/g 4964 [Complete]
  • OBT – Dragon Rendezvous and Docking Conference [Complete]
  • Sampling from ECLSS Oxygen Generation System (OGS) [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Installation of Charged Batteries [Complete]
  • OBT – Dragon Robotics Review [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Video Script Review. [Complete]
  • OBT – Dragon Rendezvous Review [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • Routine Maintenance of [КН], [КВ] and КД Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • BASS Sensors C/O  [Complete]
  • Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]
  • On MCC Go ISS O2 Repress from ТКГ 422 СрПК (DC1) [Complete]
  • Air Heater Fan (БВН) Screen Cleaning in ТК 711 [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Installation of Charged Batteries [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
  • HRF – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Session Review [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 4787 [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Powerdown [Complete]
  • Terminate transfer of water to the water storage tank via the MRF [Complete]
  • ISS O2 Repress from ТКГ 422  СрПК (DC1) (terminate) [Complete]
  • Oxygen Generation Assembly Sample Restow [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Relaksatsiya P/L Battery Charge / r/g 4157 [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Installation of Charged Batteries [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • WHC EDV replace
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • JSL Lab UIP Photo
  • 36S Pre-pack [In work]
  • HMS Winscat (FE-3)
  • CWCI relocate [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [In work]
  • Data prep return-CDR, FE-2, FE-3
  • Laptop cleanup 5


  • Nominal Commanding  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 02/28: SPHERES Slosh, Aniso Tubule, NCRSD Deploys
  • Saturday, 03/01: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
  • Sunday, 03/02: Crew Day Off

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) Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up