ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/28/14

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Gerst conducted flame tests for the BASS-II investigation. The concurrent rods were burned as well as flat nomex fabric sample. 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.

Pro-K Sample Collections: FE-5 Wiseman collected Flight Day (FD) 60 urine and blood samples for the Pro-K investigation. Pro-K investigates dietary countermeasures to lessen bone loss of astronauts. Pro K proposes that a flight diet with a decreased ratio of animal protein to potassium will lead to decreased loss of bone mineral. Pro K has impacts on the definition of nutritional requirements and development of food systems for future exploration missions, and could yield a method of counteracting bone loss that would have virtually no risk of side effects. 

Human Research Facility (HRF) Rack Interface Controller (RIC) Load: Wiseman initiated HRF Rack 2 RIC load to update the software.

Gradient Heating Furnace (GHF) Insulation Resistance Measurement: Gerst collected an insulation resistance measurement on the GHF heating unit. This measurement is in preparation for Semiconductor Alloy Experiment #2, which will be run from the ground. The Alloy Semiconductor investigation aims to develop a clear understanding of how semiconductor materials grow and crystallize in microgravity. The materials studied are also known to be useful as devices which convert heat into electricity (thermoelectrics). These studies may ultimately shed light on how higher quality crystals may be derived from other materials or incorporated into other devices such as solar cells.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: CDR Swanson removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, which isolated the rack and allowed ground teams to start another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. This session used 100% iso-octane for the fuel. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: Swanson and Wiseman performed ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing) and biocidal maintenance (iodination) of EMUs 3005 and 3011 and Airlock cooling water loops. Later in the day they completed Sublimator Flange inspections of both suits. They will continue these activities tomorrow with EMU 3003 and 3010 maintenance.

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]
  • Reload Laptop RSS2 / r/g 1009, [Complete]
  • PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF- MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • HRF Blood Draw [Complete]
  • HRF Blood collection assistance [Complete]
  • HRF Blood Sample Draw and Photography [Complete]
  • CIR – Hardware Teardown [Complete]
  • HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Activation of Cryogem-03 at +37 deg C / r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • on MCC GO Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge (start) [Complete]
  • HRF – Crew removes blood tubes and powers off the Refrigerated Centrifuge [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Photography of Medium before the experiment. r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • HRF- MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • BASS Operations Preparation [Complete]
  • ТГК 423 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops / ТКГ 423 Transfer Ops (РПР) + r/g 6203 [Complete]
  • Replacement of ССД305 Lights (2 pcs) / r/g 6214 [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Mixing [Complete]
  • EMU Coolant Sampling [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Glovebox Surface Sampling and Setup in Cryogem-03. r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • ESA Monthly Management Conference [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey [Complete]
  • CBEF – Installation of PEU and MEU Units [Complete]
  • EMU-LVCG Water Fill [Complete]
  • HRF – Closeout Ops and Stowage [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Removal from ТБУ-В No. 04 and Setup in Glovebox. r/g 6220 [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • HRF – Stow Urine Collection Equipment [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 1 [Complete]
  • VIRTUAL. Experiment Ops.  r/g 5790 [Complete]
  • Human Research Facility Rack 2 Rack Interface Controller Software Load Preparation [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Setup in Glovebox and Starting Sterilization. r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Photo Edit and Downlink / r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • Replacement of CO2 Filter Unit ИК0501.   [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Repositioning Equipment in the Box / r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • Tightening Soyuz 712 (MRM2) QD Screw Clamps / Deactivation/Activation [Complete]
  • Human Research Facility Rack 2 Rack Interface Controller Software Load Completion [Complete]
  • IVA – Exercise Clothes Survey / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Deactivate bench cleaning. r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • GHF – Measuring Resistance of Heating Elements [Complete]
  • EMU – Water sampling [Complete]
  • PROK – Diet Log-file and PH Log-sheet Photography [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Refill Bioreactor, Setup in ТБУ-В r/g 6220 [Complete]
  • Scheduled Maintenance of Compound Specific Analyzer- Combustion Products (CSA-CP) [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Experiment Photos / r/g 6221 [Aborted]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 2 [Complete]
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops / ТКГ 423 Transfer Ops (РПР)+ r/g 6203 [Complete]
  • Replacement of urine receptacle (МП) and filter-insert (Ф-В) in the toilet [АСУ]. [Complete]
  • EVA – Sublimator Flange Inspection [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Photography / r/g 6220 [Complete]
  • BASS Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Surface sampling and beginning of air sampling./ r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • MIS SW (Multi-Function Information Crew Support System) Test Processing  / r/g 6215 [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 2. r/g 6216 [Complete]
  • COMMD – Questionnaire [Complete]
  • CSA-CP Extended Routine Maintenance [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 3 [Complete]
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops / / ТКГ 423 Transfers + r/g 6203  [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Power Off [Complete]
  • ISS EMU Swap [Complete]
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Rations Photography 
  • ASEPTIC. Checkout of Pump Automatic Shutoff.  р/г 6219  [Complete]
  • Hematocrit. Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band)  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Retrieving samples from box and placing in thermostat. Box power off. r/g 6219 [Complete]
  • IVA – Everyday Clothes Survey
  • IVA – Everyday Clothes Survey / USOS procedures
  • on MCC GO Regeneration БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (termination)

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Uragan photo
  • ECON-M photo
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ARED detent flip
  • T2 HRM relocate  [Complete]
  • Skid Tape Audit
  • CSA CP taping
  • EVA A/L unstow
  • J-RTN item relocate part 1
  • J-RTN item relocate part 2
  • Recycle tank drain init
  • Recycle tank drain terminate
  • US EVA 28 review
  • R2 kidney fan R&R
  • SSCV5 USB card reader
  • Cygnus transfer cargo ops
  • 56P unpack


  • Nominal commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 07/29: ATV5 launch, EMCS RBLSS module replace, BASS, EMU loop scrub
  • Wednesday, 07/30: BASS, HRF1 RIC software load
  • Thursday, 07/31: PMA2 ingress/cargo ops, BASS, Ultrasound

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