ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/29/14

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides which isolated the rack, allowing ground teams to conduct another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. A toluene and heptane mixture was used for this test point. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The 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. Results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding of how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Robonaut Upgrade: Upon power up after yesterday’s successful leg installation, ground teams were unable to see Robonaut telemetry. Commander (CDR) Swanson tried different cable connections and took pictures of the Cortex box for analysis. Robonaut was stowed while teams work on a forward plan. Robonaut is a dexterous humanoid robot designed with the versatility and dexterity to manipulate hardware, exhibit greater endurance than humans and react safely when bumped or interacted with in a way that was not expected.

Laser Infra-Red Imaging Sensors (LIRIS) Retrieval: FE-6 Gerst removed the LIRIS rendezvous sensor equipment from Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 and packed components for return on 38 Soyuz. LIRIS was used to demonstrate the feasibility of two different rendezvous sensor technologies (Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) and Infrared (IR) camera) during ATV approach to the ISS. Testing such technologies in the ISS flight environment will help to advance European navigation technologies to help validate future rendezvous sensors for both cooperative and non-cooperative targets, including orbiting debris or an un-manned capsule.

Microbiology Surface/Air Sampling: Using a surface sampling kit, Wiseman performed bacterial and fungal sampling for microbial analysis. Samples were taken in COL, Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), Nodes 1, 2 and 3, US Lab, Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) and Airlock. He also sampled ISS air for microbes using the Microbial Air Sampler (MAS).

Airlock (A/L) Reconfiguration for Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS):  Swanson continued this activity to relocate items from the A/L to other locations in preparation for NORS installation. The installation will be scheduled at a later date.

Cargo Transfer Activities: Swanson pre-packed US items to be loaded into 38S which is scheduled to undock on September 10. He also pre-packed return items in preparation for Space-X 4 which is scheduled to launch on September 19.

Ocular Health (OH) Optical Coherence Fundoscope and Cardiac Examinations: With each acting alternately as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) and subject, and with remote guidance from ground experts, Wiseman and Gerst performed ultrasound exams. Then, with Swanson as operator, Gerst completed cardiac operations. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment and intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies and clinical practice guidelines.

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]
  • IMMUNO. Saliva Sample (Session 1). r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IVA – Reading Routine Clothes Reminder [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. First stress test, questionnaire data entry. r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IVA – Reading Exercise Clothes Reminder [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Test-tubes of blood collection. r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Blood processing (smear). r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Equipment Stowage / r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • USND2 – Hardware Activation [Complete]
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ weekly conference  r/g 6479 [Complete]
  • Moving laptop desk with multi-use bracket from EPM (COL1A3) to EDR (COL1F1) right post [Complete]
  • Robonaut camcorder video setup [Complete]
  • IMS Tagup [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Scanning Prep [Complete]
  • Dragon pre-pack [Complete]
  • Checking EDR ESEM switches [Complete]
  • Laptop RS2 recovery closeout ops. r/g 6508 [Complete]
  • Ultrasound2 – Scanning [Complete]
  • Ultrasound2 – CMO Scanning Ops [Complete]
  • LBNP Exercise (PRELIMINARY). r/g 6515 [Complete]
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 7. r/g 6514 [Complete]
  • Ultrasound Data Export [Complete]
  • NanoRacks CubeSat   Payload Photo [Complete]
  • Soyuz pre-pack [Complete]
  • Ultrasound2 – CMO Scanning Ops [Complete]
  • Ultrasound2 – Scanning [Complete]
  • R2 – Video Recording [Complete]
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 5186 [Complete]
  • Mounting of applied plates onto FGB interior panels(panel 103). [Complete]
  • Ultrasound Scanning [Complete]
  • Ultrasound Data Export [Complete]
  • LBNP Exercise (PRELIMINARY) r/g 6515 [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 5720 [Complete]
  • IVA – Completing Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • CIR – Hardware Teardown [Complete]
  • R2 – Hardware activation [Complete]
  • ТК 712 Prepack Ops / r/g 6451 [Complete]
  • Mounting of applied plates onto FGB interior panels (panel 205) – gathering and preliminary ops r/g 6488 [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage [Complete]
  • LTU Activation [Complete]
  • Puttng the EDR in Standby Mode [Complete]
  • Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation [Complete]
  • SHD – Space Headaches Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • OH – Ocular Health – Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • OH – Blood Pressure Operations Assistance [Complete]
  • Photo of SM interior panels using photometric targets. r/g 6455 [Complete]
  • Mounting of applied plates onto FGB interior panels(panel 205) – Disinfectant Treatment. [Complete]
  • Comm Delay Assessment Task Questionnaire [Complete]
  • ATV LIRIS Recorders Dismounting [Complete]
  • Mounting of applied plates onto FGB interior panels (panel 205) – Repeat disinfectant treatment. [Complete]
  • R2 – Hardware Powerdown [Complete]
  • IMS Delta File Prep [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • USND2 – Laptop deactivation and stowage [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • ENERGY – Experiment Ops [Complete]
  • Installation of Universal Biotechnology Incubator ТБУ-В in MRM2 / r/g 6516 [Complete]
  • ENERGY. Hardware Pre-Assembly [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Saliva Sample (Session 2) / r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Second stress test, questionnaire data entry / r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • ENERGY – Experiment Ops [Complete]
  • IMMUNO. Final Equipment Stowage / r/g 6507 [Complete]
  • IVA – Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Flight Director/ISS Crew Tagup [Complete]
  • Comm Delay Assessment Task Questionnaire [Not required]
  • IVA – Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Dried Clothes Stowage 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Uragan Photo
  • Ekon Photo
  • AMO shortcut install  [Complete]
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ARED detent flip
  • CTB 1226 unpack [In work]
  • CTB 1247 unpack [In work]
  • Data prep return
  • EVA handover


  • Nominal commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 08/30: Crew off duty
  • Sunday, 08/31: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 09/01: Crew holiday 

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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