ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/06/15

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) Operations: Wilmore coordinated with ground teams using the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) to return the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) containing the JSSOD to the JEMAL slide table.  The slide table was retracted, bringing the MPEP inside the JEMAL.  Following the activities, he deactivated the JEMRMS Remote Manipulating System (RMS) Laptop (RLT) and powered off the RMS monitors.

JAXA Image Processing Unit (IPU):  Cristoforetti performed the procedure to exchange the Video Recording Unit (VRU) disk within the IPU. This task removed a disk drive filled with data generated from the Dynamic Surf Marangoni experiment and replaced it with a fresh recording unit.

Robonaut:  Wilmore powered up Robonaut in its stowed configuration in order for ground teams to update/initialize a joint position sensor, one of two joint position sensors in the right elbow.  Once set in the proper position, the sensor is expected to function nominally.  After the updates were confirmed by ground teams, Wilmore powered down Robonaut.  The data will be included in a minor software release to prepare for the next planned Robonaut observations later this month. 

Cold Stowage Preparation:  Wilmore and Virts transferred samples from Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) to the Polar and General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER) units returning on SpaceX-5.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Loop Scrub:  Virts configured EMU Suits 3003 and 3005 for loop scrubbing and initiated the scrub. Cristoforetti performed ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing) and conducted biocidal maintenance (iodination) on both the suits and Airlock cooling water loops.  Samples containing 250 mL of the water were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering.  10 mL of this water sample was used for a conductivity test and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.

SpaceX-5 Dragon Cargo Loading:  Cristoforetti continued loading cargo into Dragon.  As of yesterday afternoon, the crew had completed over 92% of the total Dragon cargo operations. An estimated 6 hours and 45 minutes is required to complete the remainder of cargo loading.  Hatch closure is scheduled to occur on Monday, February 9th with unberth and splashdown occurring the following day.     

Sabatier Laminar Flow Element (LFE) Rod Removal:  Wilmore and Cristoforetti removed the LFE Rod from the Sabatier System.  Sabatier has produced very little water since the compressor was replaced in December 2014.  The maximum flow through the LFE has been decreasing, which is indicative of blockage. The removal of the LFE Rod is expected to alleviate the flow problem. Sabatier uses a catalyst that reacts with carbon dioxide and hydrogen, both byproducts of current life-support systems onboard the ISS in order to produce water and methane.    Following the maintenance, a leak check was completed which verified a good seal.  Activation of Sabatier is pending review next week.

Commercial Orbital Transport Services (COTS) UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Checkout:  In preparation for the upcoming SpaceX-5 unberth, Virts worked with ground teams to activate the CUCU System and performed a Crew Command Panel (CCP) checkout. CUCU provides a command and telemetry communications link between ISS and Dragon during free flight operations in the vicinity of ISS.  

Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Replacement – The crew completed the AED replacement today with a new unit that arrived on SpaceX 5. Additionally, the crew performed a status check of all of the batteries as well as an overall inspection of the new AED.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • Slide Table Extension to JEF Side Part 1
  • CIR – Hardware Setup
  • Image Processing Unit (IPU) Hard Disk Exchange
  • EMU backpack replacement
  • Test 1 of PCE, PCE antenna feeder (АФУ), ATV control panel commands.
  • MELFI/PLR. Sample Transfer Procedure Review
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure Oxygen Bypass Configuration
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • TVS ATV-5 Test prior to Undocking (Ku-band) / r/g 7200
  • Video Footage for Channel One / r/g 7893
  • EMU-LVCG Water Charge
  • JEMRMS – Closing SAM Capture Mechanism to Softdock position
  • Initiate EMU Cooling Loop Scrub Part 1
  • Restore Nominal Comm Configuration after the tests
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 7290
  • JEM AL Slide Table Retraction
  • JEMRMS RLT Laptop Deactivation
  • DRAGON Transfer Ops
  • Robonaut Powerup
  • BCAT Camera Checkout
  • MELFI. Sample Transfer
  • EMU Water Sample
  • GREAT START. Video of the Experiment / r/g 7896
  • Dragon Departure Review
  • IFM-Sabatier Rod – Removal
  • PROBOY. Activity with RSЕ1 Station laptop. Tagup with specialists / r/g 7900
  • PROBOY. Activity with Penetration Simulator. Tagup with specialists /r/g 7901
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • Video Footage for Channel One / r/g 7893
  • PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 7900
  • RELAXATION. Hardware Setup / r/g 7902
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • EMU Water Refill
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Robonaut Power Off
  • RELAKSATSIYA Observation / r/g 7902
  • Bringing Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) to Nominal Configuration
  • CUCU Check

Completed Task List Items

  • ATV Cargo Ops [In work]

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal Ground Commanding
  • UHF activation/deactivation in support of EMU Loop Scrub
  • CUCU Checkout

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 02/07: ATV Transfers, Aniso Tubule Sample Insertion, Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
  • Sunday, 02/08: NanoRacks Module 9 Ops, Glacier ISS to Dragon 5 Transfer, Crew Day Off
  • Monday, 02/09: Dragon Egress/Hatch Closure, Pressurize JEMAL & Leak Check, BUC Install, Dragon Cargo Ops

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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