ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/09/14

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: FE-5 Wiseman conducted seven flame tests for the BASS-II investigation. Six of the samples were fabric and the seventh was an acrylic, spherical material. 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.

Sprint Operations: Commander (CDR) Swanson completed his Flight Day (FD) 105 Sprint Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) protocol using the Blood Pressure (BP)/Electrocardiogram (ECG) hardware. Sprint evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.

European Space Agency (ESA) Education Payloads Operations (EPO): FE-6 Gerst completed a foaming water demonstration which was recorded and downlinked to the ground for education purposes.

Skin-B Sample Collection: Gerst conducted his third Skin-B data collection using the Tewameter probe to measure the skin barrier function; the Visioscan Camera to measure skin surface topography; and the Corneometer probe to measure skin hydration. The Skin-B experiment will improve understanding of skin aging which is slow on Earth but very much accelerated in space. This will also provide insights into the aging process in other (similar) bodily tissues in general. The data could help in determining impact on astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars for example where environmental conditions are more challenging.

Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) Operations: The OPALS ground team successfully downlinked a video file from the ISS to a ground station. During this test downlink, OPALS was at 25 degrees elevation above the horizon and the laser was modulated to 50 mega Hertz while changing the ground station beacon power profile. OPALS aims to demonstrate and test optical communications technologies from the ISS. This is accomplished by transferring video data from the OPALS hardware to a ground receiver at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s (JPL’s) Optical Communications Telescope Laboratory (OCTL).

Cygnus Offset Grapple On-Board Training: All 3 USOS crew members participated in this training today in preparation for Orb-2 arrival on July 15. Grapple approaches were practiced where the crew maneuvers the Latching End Effector (LEE) over the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) pin and pulls the trigger when they enter the grapple envelope.  There were no commands loaded for the LEE during the triggering exercise, so there was no mechanism motion. For the last approach of the session, the crew practiced a hot backup Robotics Workstation System (RWS) transition from the Cupola RWS to the Lab RWS.  After the completion of the grapple practice, the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Node 2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (ABCM) Survey Position.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Rope Removed & Replaced (R&R): The crew successfully R&Rd the ARED exercise rope as part of nominal maintenance activities which is scheduled approximately every 80 days.

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]
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation [Complete]
  • SPRINT  [Complete]
  • EPO – Hardware Retrieval [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO r/g 6070 [Complete]
  • TV Conference with the International Youth Science School “Space Research: Theory and Practice / r/g 6070 [Complete]
  • EPO – Camcorder Setup [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Preparation for the Experiment / r/g 6060 [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Video of RS Experiments / r/g 6060 [Complete]
  • Video Footage of Greetings / r/g 6069 [Complete]
  • EPO – Session Overview [Complete]
  • EPO Experiment  [Complete]
  • RELAXATION. Hardware Setup / r/g 6065 [Complete]
  • BASS Operations Preparation [Complete]
  • RS comm health check for fault localization in the system’s LF channel.  / r/g 6064 [Complete]
  • SKNB – Experiment Ops [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Adjustment / r/g 6065 [Complete]
  • EPO Hardware Stowage [Complete]
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • ПФ1-4 Dust Filter Cartridge Replacement in SM [Complete]
  • GREAT START. Closeout Ops / r/g 6060 [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYAObservation / r/g 6065 [Complete]
  • ARED – Cable R&R [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Review [Complete]
  • SPHERES – OBT [Complete]
  • RELAKSATSIYA Closeout Ops / r/g 6065 [Complete]
  • HMS Defibrillator Inspection [Complete]
  • ARED – Rope Replacement Assistance [Complete]
  • JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Review [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • RWS Powerup [Complete]
  • BASS Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • Replacement of TORU Cables. / r/g 6067 [Complete]
  • Video for Roscosmos TV Studio / r/g 6068 [Complete]
  • Robotics Work Station (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Checkout [Complete]
  • GLACIER4 – Glacier-4 Ice Brick Insertion  [Complete]
  • VIABLE – Kit Inspection [Complete]
  • MRM2 comm config [Complete]
  • Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run. / r/g 6066 [Complete]
  • TORU Test after cable replacement  / r/g 6067 [Complete]
  • KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data via РСПИ / r/g 6066 [Complete]
  • JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
  • TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
  • On-board Training (OBT) CYGNUS Offset Grapple 2 [Complete]
  • On-board Training (OBT) CYGNUS Offset Grapple 2 [Complete]
  • SM Air Sampling for CO using ИПД Samplers [Complete]
  • Restore Nominal Comm Configuration [Complete]
  • Collect SM and FGB Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler /g 6053 [Complete]
  • SM Air Sampling for FREON Using АК-1М Sampler r /g 6053 [Complete]
  • IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • OBT – Robotics On-board Training (ROBoT) Debrief Conference [Complete]
  • SSRMS Checkout [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Powerdown [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Regeneration БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (termination) 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Econ photo
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ESA EPO flying demo
  • USPL ORB2 TRASH #1 [In work]


  • Nominal commanding 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 07/10: CFE, GHF software load, SPHERES, Force Shoes, MSL, Hicari
  • Friday, 07/11: WPA Multifiltration Bed R&R, CBCS Install/Checkout, EPO, BASS, Force Shoes
  • Saturday, 07/12:  Orb-2 Launch, Crew off duty

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 Operate
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