ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/11/15

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Yui completed his Flight Day 15 (FD15) Biochemical Profile Urine collections.  Kelly completed his second of three Journals sessions and his third task observation video for Habitability.

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
  • Journals obtains information on behavioral and human issues that are relevant to the design of equipment and procedures and sustained human performance during extended-duration missions. Study results provide information to help prepare for future missions to low-Earth orbit and beyond.
  • Habitability assesses the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights to destinations, such as Near Earth Asteroids (NEA) and Mars. The ultimate goal is to understand how much habitable volume is required for vehicle internal design and layout, and if mission duration impacts the volume needed. Observations during the 1-year mission, as well as 6-month missions, can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need.


Capillary Effects of Drinking in the Microgravity Environment (Capillary Beverage): Microgravity affects the way fluids behave, and as such, crew members must drink from special sealed bags instead of using straws or normal cups. Capillary Beverage studies the process of drinking from specially designed space cups that use fluid dynamics to mimic the effect of gravity. In this session, Yui used water to demonstrate how a complex fluid reacts to the cup’s special designs in an attempt to mimic the gravitational flow of a liquid through capillary forces. High definition video was used to capture the data ground for ground analysis.


Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (SPRINT) Configuration: Kelly and Yui configured the Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) in advance of the Sprint Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max sessions on Wednesday for Kelly and Thursday for Yui. Sprint evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers during long-duration missions.


Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Stow: Kelly stowed US tools used by the Russian crew during yesterday’s Russian EVA #41.


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Hydrogen Sensor Remove and Replace (R&R): Last Thursday’s Velocicalc reading of the air flow rate into the OGS Rack AAA showed it to be below 450 ft/min versus the expected range of 900 ft/min.  Sufficient air flow through the OGS Rack serves as a hazard mitigation against oxygen (O2) concentrations forming within the rack should an O2 leak develop.  Following discussions within the engineering and operations community, a short term recommendation was made to continue running the OGA to retain O2 production but increase the AAA fan speed to help increase air mixing within the rack. Over the weekend the crew took another reading and found the flow to still be less than 450 ft/min. The team decide to power off the OGS rack after the crew day on Sunday. Today Lindgren R&Rd the OGS Hydrogen Sensor Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU), as well as AAA cleaning and inlet inspection to recover OGA functionality.  The team is currently reactivating the OGA and the crew will perform velocicalc readings on Thursday.


Water Recovery System (WRS) Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) Vent Line Build: For several months, ground teams have suspected the SPA vent hose is restricted due to microbial growth. There is no microbial control in the purge lines and no designated way to clean them if growth occurs.  Since there are no spare SPA vent hose onboard, today Kelly built an alternate SPA Vent Line by removing the end fittings from an existing Iodine Removal Hose. Later this week the crew will install this hose to eliminate the restriction and return the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) to nominal operations.


Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Operations:  Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Serving System (MSS) and maneuvered the SSRMS to stow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) on the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF).  SSRMS Latching End Effector B (LEE-B) was then released from the SPDM PDGF and the SSRMS was maneuvered into position for the start of the ISS Crew H-II Transfer Vehicle 5 (HTV5) Offset Grapples Practice on GMT 225 (13 Aug 15).  The Robotics Ground Controllers also performed MSS Checkouts in preparation for HTV5 capture on GMT 232 (20 Aug 15).  MSS performance today was nominal.


Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • USOS Window Shutter closure
  • ISS HAM. Radio activation
  • JRNL – Log Entry
  • HRF – Hardware Stowage After Sampling
  • Crew preparation for PAO
  • Hardware preparation for PAO
  • PAO
  • PHS Hardware installation
  • Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – CMO
  • Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – Subject
  • Tag up with specialists on “Orlan” spacesuit after EVA ВКД
  • Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – Subject
  • Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – CMO
  • Data Recording on Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation and Hardware stowage
  • EDV (КОВ) Fill (separation) for “Elektron” System or EDV-CB Fill installed EDV (КОВ) 1137 from ЕDV 1005
  • US video camera, light and REBA power unit de-installation from spacesuits r/g 9529, 9530
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • “Orlan-МК” Spacesuit water supply line drying
  • Charging D2Xs camera batteries for ВСАТ
  • HRF- reconfig
  • “Elektron-BM” [БЖ] (Liquid compartment) Pressurization prior to activation
  • CAPBEV- Preparation Ops
  • Water Tank Refill of Spacesuits ##4 and 6
  • HABIT – Videorecording Start
  • OGA: hydrogen sensor R&R, part 1
  • “Оrlan-МК” Spacesuit Drying – Start
  • SPRINT- Program Loading
  • HABIT – Videorecording End
  • Progress #428 and DC1 Interface Leak Check
  • Medical Kit Return to Nominal Stowage Location After EVA / r/g 9562
  • WRS – SPA Ventilation Line Configuration
  • CAPBEV- Equipment Test
  • Photography of [БКДО] r/g 8748
  • Taking PILLE dosimeter readings after EVA
  • US Hardware Handover from RS to USOS after EVA
  • “Orlan-МК” Drying (Switch  over to backup fan)
  • US Tools Stowage after EVA
  • [ИП-1] Sensors Positioning Check
  • CAPBEV- Hardware Stowage
  • DC1-СУ Hatch Opening
  • Progress-СУ Hatch Opening
  • Quick-disconnect screw clamps installation on DC1 side
  • РК ИРС item
  • Exercises data downlink / r/g 6797
  • Progress #428 (DC1) deactivation, air ducts lay down
  • OGA: hydrogen sensor R&R, part 2
  • BCAT- video camera images copy
  • WRS – recycle tank fill
  • “Orlan-МК” Spacesuit Drying
  • “Orlan” Spacesuit and  [БСС] Storage Mode Operations
  • РСК-ОРЛАН МК item


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Capillary Beverage video
  • SPDM stow on Lab
  • OGA Activation [In Work]


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 08/12: SPRINT VO2 ops, JPM1F2 Cleanout, N3 deck starboard IMV cleaning, HTV Robotics Training, PGT TAK Data Gather

Thursday, 08/13: SPRINT VO2 ops, SPHERES ZR setup, OBT HTV offset grapple, SPA Vent hose install

Friday, 08/14: 58P undock, SPHERES ZR ops, EMU 3003 and 3010 Loop Scrub, HAPTICS-2 ops


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 Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Shutdown
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up