ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/31/14

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman conducted flame tests for the BASS-II investigation which examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. Today, Wiseman burned four samples of 2 centimeter wide acrylic slabs. The slabs measured 1, 2, 4, and 5 millimeters thick. The experiment will guide strategies for materials flammability screening for use in spacecraft as well as provide valuable data on solid fuel burning behavior in microgravity. BASS-II results contribute to the combustion computational models used in the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With Wiseman as an operator, FE-6 Gerst collected Flight Day (FD) 60 ultrasound and BP data for the Cardio Ox investigation. The goal of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15, and 60 after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health.

European Space Agency (ESA) Education Payloads Operations (EPO) Marangoni: Gerst recorded a Marangoni convection demonstration. Marangoni convection is the tendency for heat and mass to transfer to areas of higher surface tension within a liquid. This demonstration will be downlinked for educational purposes.

Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)2:  In preparation for August EVAs, Swanson accessed PMA2 and retrieved External Television Camera Group (ETVCG) equipment and lights. Tomorrow, Gerst is scheduled to ingress the Zenith 1 (Z1) dome to retrieve the Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) for EVA 27.

Lab Utility Outlet Panel (UOP)3 Troubleshooting: Swanson configured LAB UOP3 and the current PS-120 junction box to isolate the fault that occurred on Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) LA2A3B-C RPC 3 on April 21st and May 2.  No RPC trips occurred during today’s procedure.  Engineers are evaluating the results.

Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) Status:  One of four Propulsion Drive Electronics (PDEs) remains off. Teams are troubleshooting and believe it is due to a software issue versus a hardware issue and that they will be able to re-integrate the PDE by next week. They  have seen similar issues on other ATV flights and re-integrated the PDE successfully. 

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
  • Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Inspection of СМ-У connector on МНР-НС separator pump behind АСУ panel 139. [Complete]
  • Body Mass Measurement [Complete]
  • МО-8. Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 6238 [Complete]
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation [Complete]
  • CIR – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • BASS Operations Preparation [Complete]
  • Replacement of ВВПхО, ВПО5, ВПО6 fans in SM with low noise units  r/g 6246 [Complete]
  • Replacement of СД1-7 Lights in MRM1. r/g 6252 [Complete]
  • Stow Earlier Installed Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) [Complete]
  • USND2. Activation of HRF Rack [Complete]
  • CARDOX – Preparation Steps and Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • CARDOX – Experiment setup and start [Complete]
  • CARDOX – Ultrasound Operations, Part 1 [Complete]
  • CARDOX – Experiment Ops [Complete]
  • CARDOX – Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • BASS – Test Ops [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey [Complete]
  • IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 3. r/g 6251 [Complete]
  • Start BSA Battery Charge [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • BASS Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Node2 Hatch Opening [Complete]
  • Installation of overlay plates on FGB interior panels (panel 303). [Complete]
  • Prepacking for transfer to PMA2 [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • Replacement of МО-2-5008 fan in DC1 БВН with the low noise unit  r/g 6247 [Complete]
  • Installation of overlay plates on FGB interior panels (panel 304). [Complete]
  • PMA2 Ingress [Complete]
  • PMA2 Cargo Ops [Complete]
  • Installation of overlay plates on FGB interior panels (panel 305) r/g 6245 [Complete]
  • USND2. HRF Power Off and Stowage [Complete]
  • HRF – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • PMA2 Egress [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Power Down [Complete]
  • Installation of overlay plates on FGB interior panels (panel 305) – Disinfectant Treatment. [Complete]
  • JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
  • Sound Level Data Downlink after taking acoustic measurements r/g 6246, 6247 [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • Transition to a backup configuration of SM station computer network (БКС) for COT / r/g 6258 [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey / USOS procedures
  • IVA – Everyday Clothes Survey / USOS procedures
  • Lab UOP3 t/s [Complete]
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Rations Photography  [Complete]
  • IVA – Routine Clothes Survey [Complete]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 6238  [In Work]
  • IVA – Everyday Clothes Survey / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage / USOS procedures
  • Installation of overlay plates on FGB interior panels (panel 305) – Repeat disinfectant treatment. [Complete] 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • Earth imagery
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Uragan photo
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ARED detent flip
  • CMS skid tape audit  [Complete]
  • CSA CP taping
  • EVA A/L unstow
  • US EVA 28 review
  • SSCV5 USB card reader
  • Cygnus transfer cargo ops
  • 56P unpack


  • Nominal commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 08/01: Z1 ingress/cargo ops, BASS, EVA tool gather, EMU On-orbit Fitcheck
  • Saturday, 08/02: Crew off duty
  • Sunday, 08/03: Crew off duty

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 Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Stop
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