ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/08/14

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman conducted six flame tests for the BASS-II investigation. Clear and black rods were burned under the same conditions for comparison. 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.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Maintenance: Commander (CDR) Swanson cleaned inside the CBEF micro-gravity and 1-gravity chambers. This is a periodic maintenance task for the CBEF.

Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Interior Corner Flow (ICF) Test: FE-6 Gerst set up hardware on the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) and then conducted ICF tests using the ICF8 hardware, which contains a segmented, 50 degree snow cone section. Gerst performed several drain tests with and without bubbles. CFE ICF studies capillary flow in interior corners of vessels with various geometries. Structured inside tanks providing interior corners are used in the design of fuel tanks to promote fuel flow to the outlet of the tank in the absence of gravity. Experimental results will provide the necessary boundary conditions as a function of container cross section and fill fraction. The benchmarked theory can be used to improve propellant management aboard spacecraft. 

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (KP) Sample Mixing: Wiseman mixed BCAT-KP samples 4 and 5 for a future BCAT-KP run in the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR). Wiseman noted that sample 5 had approximately 12-15 bubbles. BCAT-KP provides a platform for material and industrial scientists to investigate colloid phase changes, providing results that may be used to develop new colloidal materials and formulations with unique properties. The results may support new applications, from new liquid crystals to consumer goods having longer shelf life and uses.

Joint Station LAN (JSL) Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Pressurized Module (JPM) 16-Port Ethernet Switch Deploy: Yesterday 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 Station Support Computer (SSC)/Crew Support Lan (CSL) clients and payloads. Today he deployed the HD Encoder and XF305 Camcorder in the JEM.   The voice and video checks with the ground will be performed tomorrow.

Node 2 (N2) Vestibule Fiber Optic Jumper Inspection: Swanson visually inspected jumper harnesses for damage and verified fiber optic jumper connectors are mated correctly in the N2 Starboard/Columbus Vestibule, N2 Port/JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) Vestibule and N2 Aft/LAB Vestibule. 

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
  • Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start) / Atmosphere Revitalization System (СОГС) 5.3 step 1 p. 5-3 (78) [Complete]
  • Verification of anti-virus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) laptops / r/g 5705 [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Audio Dosimeter Preparation [Complete]
  • ТКГ 427 Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 5987 [Complete]
  • VIRU.  Software Upgrade / r/g 6058  [Complete]
  • Crew reviews SPHERES on-board training  [Complete]
  • WRS Maintenance [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 5720
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation [Complete]
  • METERON – Laptop Installation and Activation [Complete]
  • VIRU. Battery Charge (terminate) / r/g 6039 [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Review [Complete]
  • Power brick swap between laptops  [Complete]
  • METERON – Laptop Installation and Activation  [Complete]
  • VIRU. Hardware Setup for Relaksatsiya Experiment. Tagup with specialists / r/g 6059 [Complete]
  • RINGS – Battery Setup [Complete]
  • WRS Maintenance [Complete]
  • VHF2d test from SM / SM Communications System [РТК] [Complete]
  • Headset, PTT, and Cable Audit / r/g 5985nu [Complete]
  • CBEF – Facility Wipe  [Complete]
  • VIRU. Hardware parameter adjustment for Relaksatsiya Experiment / r/g 6059 [Complete]
  • IFM – Fiber Optic Jumper Inspection  [Complete]
  • VIRU. Earch Observation Relaksatsiya Experiment / r/g 6059 [Complete]
  • СКПФ1, СКПФ2 Dust Filter Replacement and MRM1 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (ГЖТ) Cleaning (ФГБ1ПГО_4_419_1 Zone 28Б Enclosure. Reflect changes in IMS)  Thermal Mode Control System [СОТР] [Complete]
  • RINGS – Battery Replacement [Complete]
  • Photography of DC1 ВЛ1 push tool / Photo Equipment + r/g 6054 [Complete]
  • BASS Operations Preparation  [Complete]
  • VIRU. Closeout Ops and Hardware Teardown after Relaksatsiya Experiment. / r/g 6059 [Complete]
  • FGB Dust Collector ПС1, ПС2 Filter Replacement [Complete]
  • VIRU. Fill out and Downlink VIRU Log Sheet / r/g 6059 [Complete]
  • Urine Transfer from EDV-U to ТКГ 427 (DC1) Rodnik БВ1 tank / r/g 6055 [Complete]
  • METERON – Software installation on the Laptop [Complete]
  • Screw Clamp Tightening on MRM1 side / Deactivation/Activation [РК] [Complete]
  • CFE – Hardware Test Ops Review [Complete]
  • BCAT – Transfer of images from the camera [Complete]
  • Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) – Work surface preparation  [Complete]
  • BCATKP- Test Sample 4 and 5 Run  [Complete]
  • WRS Recycle Tank Changeout [Complete]
  • Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE) Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Familiarization / r/g 6060 [Complete]
  • Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron / Atmosphere Revitalization System (СОГС) r/g 5638 [Deferred]
  • Kazbek Fit Check / МО Book 3 12 p. 12-1 (117) [Complete]
  • BASS – Test Ops [Complete]
  • WHC Fill [Complete]
  • Comm config for PCE and TVS Tests / SM Communications System [РТК] [Complete]
  • Cleaning FGB ГЖТ Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3 / FGB Systems Operations [Complete]
  • Test 1 of PCE, PCE antenna feeder (АФУ), ATV control panel commands. / ATV Rendezvous, Docking and Undocking Book (ССР ATV) [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance / Life Support System (СОЖ) [Complete]
  • MPEG-2 Video Downlink Test via Ku-band prior to ATV launch. [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 5720 [Complete]
  • RINGS – Battery Replacement [Complete]
  • Vestibule Fiber inspection [Complete]
  • Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) – Test Ops [Complete]
  • Return to Nominal Comm Configuration after PCE and TVS Tests / SM Communications System [РТК] [Complete]
  • ATV Control Panel Relocation / ATV Rendezvous, Docking and Undocking Book (ССР ATV) [Complete]
  • Deployment of the Encoder in JEM [Complete]
  • BASS Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification [Complete]
  • Encoder Test in JEM [Deferred]
  • CFE Teardown [Complete]
  • IMS Delta File Prep / IMS [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment / r/g 6039 [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • RINGS – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Powerdown [Complete]
  • Regeneration БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (termination) / Atmosphere Revitalization System (СОГС)

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:

  • Wednesday, 07/09: Sprint, SPHERES, BASS, Cygnus Offset Grapple OBT
  • Thursday, 07/10: CFE, GHF software load, SPHERES
  • Friday, 07/11: Orb-2 Launch, WPA Multifiltration Bed R&R, CBCS Install/Checkout

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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