ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/02/14

Skin-B: Commander (CDR) Swanson conducted his last 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. This experiment will improve understanding of skin aging, which is slow on Earth but greatly accelerated in space. It 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.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-Canada 1 (C1) Closeout: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wiseman transferred BCAT-C1 images from the camera for downlink and stowed the BCAT-C1 hardware. The experiment will study nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in commercial commodities such as paint, electronic polishing compounds, and food products. These suspensions will have the unique property that the particles will phase separate (like oil and water) and the particles will self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light (like opal). Photographing these samples in microgravity will allow the measurement of the processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. The study will allow the development of new insights into this important material process.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (KP) Set Up: Wiseman set up the BCAT-KP hardware, homogenize the next sample, and set up the camera intervalometer to initiate automated pictures. 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.

Radi-N2 Neutron Field Study (Radi-N2): FE-6 Gerst deployed eight bubble detectors around the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The objective is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment and define the risk posed to crewmembers’ health and provide data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future space flight.

Sprint Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) Setup: ISS Commander (CDR) Swanson set up the PPFS which was delivered on Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5 to replace the broken unit on orbit. Wiseman helped Swanson with a portion of the setupand the ground enabled a 50-second communication delay as wellduring a portion of the task. The Comm Delay Assessment investigates whether communication delays likely to be experienced on a mission to and from Mars will result in clinically or operationally significant negative impacts in crew behavior and performance. The PPFS is used in the Sprint Evaluation of Maximal Oxygen Uptake and Submaximal Estimates of VO2max Before, During, and After Long Duration International Space Station Missions (VO2Max) investigation. While waiting for the new unit to arrive on ATV-5, ground teams created a workaround so crews could still participate in the VO2Max investigation. 

Energy: Gerst started Energy Day 0 today. donning an armband monitor, setting up the Pulmonary Function System (PFS) hardware, and eating a controlled diet. For this part of the investigation, Wiseman is the control subject. Energy measures change in energy balance in crewmembers following long term space flight. Energy also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Knowledge of energy requirements is of a great importance to ensure health, maximum performance and overall success of a mission, and also ensures adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.

X2R13 Software Transition: Yesterday, all 6 crew members reviewed plans for the software update that began today and will be finalized on Friday. Today, Wiseman retrieved and deployed 7 Portable Computer System (PCS) hard drives that were pre-loaded with the new software and delivered on ATV-5.  Meanwhile, Ground Controllers reconfigured ISS Systems after a planned Command and Control (C&C) MDM transition. The primary C&C MDM (#2) is now running with the Command and Control Software (CCS) Revision 13.

X2R13 transition will update software within the following hardware:

  • 6 Computer Software Configuration Items (CSCIs)
  • 7 Multiplexer/Demultiplexers (MDMs)
  • 2 KU Control Units (KCUs)
  • 7 Portable Computer Systems (PCSs)

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]
  • Urinalysis  [Complete]
  • URISIS hardware stow  [Complete]
  • Acoustic dosimeter placement [Complete]
  • Routine maintenance of SM RODNIK tank  [Complete]
  • NAPOR-mini РСА. Prep and start of file transfer. r/g 6540 [Complete]
  • BCAT-C1 – image file transfer and camera timer settings [Complete]
  • LBNP sessions (PRELIMINARY). r/g 6538 [Complete]
  • CUBSAT- hardware photography [Complete]
  • BCATC1- sample stow [Complete]
  • SKIN B nominal session with data downlink
  • Urine receptacle (МП) and insert filter (Ф-В) R&R in АСУ  [Complete]
  • ODF update for SW version X2R13 [Complete]
  • X2R13 – PCS HDD installation on PCS  [Complete]
  • Sokol Suit leak checks in Soyuz 712  [Complete]
  • PCS R16 HDD installation for two PCS laptops in preparation for Primary C&C MDM SW version update [Complete]
  • SOKOL suit drying – SS1 and SS2 placement for drying [Complete]
  • МАTRESHKA-R. BUBBLE-DOSIMTER prep and initialization r/g 6526 [Complete]
  • Preparation for return to Earth [Complete]
  • КАВ sampling from СРВ-К2М down to ФГС into beverage packs – end  r/g 6521[Complete]
  • МАTRESHKA-R. BUBBLE-DOSIMTER handover to USOS / r/g 6526 [Complete]
  • RADIN- dosimeter handover [Complete]
  • МАTRESHKA-R. BUBBLE-DOSIMTER initialization and placement for exposure. r/g 6526 [Complete]
  • RADIN- dosimeter placement [Complete]
  • LBNP sessions (PRELIMINARY) r/g 6538 [Complete]
  • Crew prep for PAO [Complete]
  • IVA – questionnaire [Complete]
  • CEVIS exercise [Complete]
  • Video equipment setup for recording PE on ARED [Complete]
  • Hardware prep in Columbus for PAO [Complete]
  • VISIR. Payload ops. Tagup / r/g 6539 [Complete]
  • PAO [Complete]
  • SS1 and 2 drying – end [Complete]
  • Prepare items for return on Progress 712 / r/g 6451 [Complete]
  • IVA- questionnaire [Complete]
  • SS3 drying – start, glove pair #1 drying setup [Complete]
  • PMC (Ku+S-band) [Complete]
  • EDV (КОВ) fill (separation) lid #9 for Electron  r/g 6264 [Complete]
  • Glove pair #1 drying – end, glove pair #2 drying setup [Complete]
  • Post-drying clothes stow [Complete]
  • Connect two PCS R16 laptops [Complete]
  • СВО-ЗВ water sampling into Russian beverage packs r/г 6521 [Complete]
  • PCS HDD swap for R16 HDDs [Complete]
  • PPFS- tear down [Complete]
  • Glove pair #2 drying – end [Complete]
  • СОЖ maintenance [Complete]
  • ENERGY – water sampling [Complete]
  • Water sample collection from БРП-М into beverage packs  r/g 6521[Complete]
  • SPRINT- PPFS hardware prep prior to first use [Complete]
  • Connect Kurs-P SМ cables to +У node (МRМ2) / r/g 3368 [Complete]
  • BCAT- hardware setup and checkout [Complete]
  • Post-drying clothes stow [Complete]
  • MAGVEC- hardware installation [Complete]
  • SPLANKH. Experiment prep / r/g 6527 [Complete]
  • SS3 drying – end, glove pair #3 draying – start [Complete]
  • PMC (Ku+S-band) [Complete]
  • SPRINT- PPFS hardware prep prior to first use [Complete]
  • PMC (Ku+S-band) [Complete]
  • Filter block (БФ) R&R СО2 ИК0501 filter block (БФ) R&R [Complete]
  • PPFS- activation [Complete]
  • Equipment prep for PAO [Complete]
  • ENERGY- monitor installation [Complete]
  • Glove pair #3 drying [Complete]
  • Crew prep for PAO [Complete]
  • Post-drying SS and glove stow [Complete]
  • PAO [Complete]
  • ENERGY-  hardware setup [Complete]
  • SPHERES- battery R&R [Complete]
  • BCAT- sample placement [Complete]
  • Audiogram recording with EARQ SW [Complete]
  • COMMD- questionnaire [Complete]
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Transfer ИМУ-Ц measurements data to laptop / r/g 5186 [Complete]
  • COMMD- questionnaire [Complete]
  • IVA – questionnaire [Complete]
  • PPFS- power off [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Uragan Photo
  • Ekon Photo
  • AMO shortcut install
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ARED detent flip
  • CTB 1226 unpack [In work]
  • CTB 1247 unpack [In work]
  • BCAT C1 Bubble photos [Complete]
  • Data prep return
  • EVA handover
  • WHC Seat R&R [Complete]


  • In support of X2R13 software transition, Ground Controllers reconfigured ISS Systems after a planned Command and Control (C&C) MDM transition. 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 09/03: X2R13 transition, crew departure prep, Soyuz OBT, Sprint
  • Thursday, 09/04: X2R13 transition, crew departure prep, 38S prepack
  • Friday, 09/05: X2R13 transition, crew departure prep, Dragon OBT, emergency roles/responsibilities review 

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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