ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/07/14

Radi-N2 Neutron Field Study (Radi-N2): Commander (CDR) Swanson deployed eight bubble detectors around the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The objective of this investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment and define the risk posed to the crewmembers’ health and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future space flight.

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: FE-5 Wiseman completed flame tests for the BASS-II investigation. Seven acrylic film samples were burned in air at various flow rates. Wiseman also burned a one-sided acrylic slab 4 mm thick. The BASS-II investigation examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The BASS-II 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.

European Space Agency (ESA) Education Payloads Operations (EPO) Rosetta: FE-6 Gerst simulated the docking of the Rosetta mission scheduled to take place in November 2014. The mission consists of a lander called Philae docking to Comet 67P/Churyumov‐Gerasimenko. Philae will harpoon itself to the comet, take images, and retrieve samples for analysis. Gerst will demonstrate this mission on the ISS using a Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) satellite, a light object such as an earplug, and Velcro. This EPO will be recorded and downlinked for educational purposes.

Biochemical Profiles: FE-6 Gerst collected blood and urine for the Flight Day 30 Biochemical Profiles investigation. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.

On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2: In preparation for next week’s planned Orb-2 arrival, Swanson, Gerst and Wiseman performed the 2nd session of this OBT. They practiced Cygnus approach from 30 meter hold through capture. The OBT also provides the chance to practice coordination among crew members.

Joint Station LAN (JSL) Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Pressurized Module (JPM) 16-Port Ethernet Switch Install: Swanson installed a 16-Port Ethernet Switch in the JPM to expand support for ethernet devices such as the AVN443 High Definition (HD) encoder and XF305 camcorder hardware as well as additional SSC/CSL clients and payloads. Tomorrow he will deploy the HD Encoder and XF305 Camcorder in the JEM. 

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
  • Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
  • HRF. Urine sample collection [Complete]
  • HRF- sample insertion in MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF- activation and centrifuge configuration [Complete]
  • HRF- blood draw assist [Complete]
  • Reminder to photograph ARED exercise [Complete]
  • MSG – visual inspection [Complete]
  • HRF- freezer centrifuge configuration [Complete]
  • DPC (S-band) [Complete]
  • Acoustic dosimeter prep [Complete]
  • Video equipment setup for recording exercise on ARED [Complete]
  • HRF- removal of blood samples and freezer centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
  • BASS Single Burn Ops Start [Complete]
  • HRF- sample insertion in MELFI [Complete]
  • RGN-REC TK – transfer and R&R [Complete]
  • HRF- final ops and stow [Complete]
  • Hardware search for PCE assembly and testing. r/g 6042 [Complete]
  • ИП-1 sensor  setup check [Complete]
  • Cygnus – PROX and НСР power up [Complete]
  • Camcorder settings check for photo/video [Complete]
  • СОЖ maintenance [Complete]
  • Panels 225 and 226 prep in SM for PCE mono-block installation. [Complete]
  • WRS – refill from EDV for processing [Complete]
  • MATRESHKA-R. “BUBBLE-dosimeter” prep and initialization. r/g 6041 [Complete]
  • КСК2cable swap from БКИПН to PCE. [Complete]
  • WRS – refill from EDV for processing [Complete]
  • EPO- hardware retrieval [Complete]
  • RADIN – RADIN dosimeter handover [Complete]
  • MATRESHKA-R. “BUBBLE-dosimeter”  handover to USOS / r/g 6041 [Complete]
  • MATRESHKA-R. “BUBBLE-dosimeter” initialization and placement for exposure.r/g 6041 [Complete]
  • RADIN – placement and exposure [Complete]
  • Camcorder settings check for photo/video [Complete]
  • BASS PL single burn ops runs [Complete]
  • EPO – familiarization [Complete]
  • EPO – Camcorder setup [Complete]
  • EKON-L. Observation and photography [Complete]
  • EPO – experiment session [Complete]
  • BASS PL single burn ops runs [Complete]
  • PCE БКС routing. (18,19) + r/g 6042 step 3 [Complete]
  • HCP checkout [Complete]
  • Camcorder settings check for photo/video [Complete]
  • Photo/video of Life on ISS / r/g 5720 [Complete]
  • HRF. Urine sample collection [Complete]
  • VIZIR. Experiment ops / r/g 6043 [Complete]
  • “РСЕ Z0000” installation in SМ. [Complete]
  • P/TV- Camera prep for recording P1 TRRJ [Complete]
  • HRF- sample insertion in MELFI [Complete]
  • HCP checkout [Complete]
  • Radiator TRRJ of S1 truss imagery [Complete]
  • OBT – Cygnus rendezvous and docking procedure review [Complete]
  • WRS PWD water sampling  [Complete]
  • Audit of available volume in RSOS in stowage areas of FGB, SМ, DC1, МRМ2 and МRМ1 / r/g 6027 [Complete]
  • Connecting БКС to PCE mono-block. r/g 6042 [Complete]
  • OBT – Cygnus rendezvous and docking procedure review [Complete]
  • ROBoT training debrief [Complete]
  • EPO – hardware stow [Complete]
  • RGN REC-TNK – pressure relief hose for nominal ops disposal [Deferred]
  • Completion of BASS PL single burn ops runs  [Complete]
  • Camcorder settings check for photo/video [Complete]
  • SSC7- switch to wireless mode [Complete]
  • On MCC Go Connecting ТLM connectors of PCE mono-block  r/g 6042 [Complete]
  • JSL-JPM – Ethernet-switch initialization [Complete]
  • NOD2N – unblocking nadir hatch [Complete]
  • Camcorder settings check for photo/video [Complete]
  • ВКС laptop antivirus update / r/g 5705 [Complete]
  • Exercise data downlink / r/g 5929 [Complete]
  • ВД1 and ВД2 air ducts cleaning in  DC1  [Complete]
  • JRNL- journal entry
  • IMS update  [Complete]
  • HRF – urine collection hardware stow [Complete]
  • ОTKLIK. Hardware check. r/g 6040 [Complete]
  • DPC (S-band) [Complete]
  • SSC7- switch to nominal mode [Complete]
  • MSG – GLOVEBOX power off [Complete]
  • VIRU. Battery charge (start) [Complete]

Task List

  • BASS
  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Econ photo
  • Uragan photo
  • Viable PL Touch
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ESA EPO flying demo
  • USPL ORB2 TRASH #1 [In work]


  • Nominal commanding 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 07/08: N2 Vestibule fiber optic jumper inspection, BASS, CFE hardware setup, BCAT KP initialization, ATV MPEG-2 test
  • Wednesday, 07/09: Sprint, EPO, SKIN B, BASS, Cygnus Offset Grapple OBT, ARED rope R&R
  • Thursday, 07/10: CFE, GHF software load, Force Shoes, SPHERES, Hicari 

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 Stop
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