ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/19/15

HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5 Launch:  HTV5 successfully launched from Tanegashima Space Center, Japan at 6:50 am CDT today. Capture and berthing are scheduled for next Monday, August 24 at 5:55 am CDT.

Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) 3 Power on Reset (POR):  The MBSU3 experienced a POR this evening around 2:53 pm CDT.  The flight control team is currently repower downstream loads.   

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations:  

  • Ocular Health:  Padalka and Kononenko, with Yui acting as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) performed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Fundoscopy measurements.  OCT is used to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer, and the fundoscope is used to obtain images of the retinal surface.  The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.
  • Biochemical Profile/Repository: Yui performed his Flight Day (FD) 30 blood and urine collections and stowed the samples in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return on a later flight. 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.

Radi-N Neutron Field Study (Radi-N): Kelly retrieved the eight bubble detectors from their deployed locations throughout the station and handed them over to Kononenko.  The objective of this investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment and define the risk posed to the crewmembers’ health and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future space flight.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Vertigo: Kelly, with ground support, configured the SPHERES satellites for the Vertigo configuration.  The SPHERES satellites were unable to correctly calibrate and the planned test plan was aborted.  Ground teams are reviewing the information that they did receive in order to determine the next course of action.  This investigation uses the SPHERES free-flying satellites and is designed to demonstrate and test, enhanced technologies and techniques related to visual inspection and navigation. This effort incorporates hardware and software that enables multiple SPHERES to construct 3D models of a target object. Additionally, this investigation explores how well the SPHERES free-flyers then perform relative navigation solely by reference to these 3D models.

Biological Rhythms 48 Hour: Lindgren completed his 48-hour data collection today, doffing the electrodes, Holter Electrocardiogram (ECG), and Actiwatch Spectrum and downlinked the data.  Biological Rhythms 48 hours studies the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut’s electrocardiogram for 48 hours.

Microbial Air Sampler (MAS)/Surface Sample Kit (SSK) T+5 Analysis: Padalka and Yui performed the T+5 (5 day incubation) analysis on the air and surface microbial and fungal samples collected last Friday.  Colony counts were taken and images were downlinked for specialist evaluations.  The investigation refines locations and surfaces prone to microbial contamination throughout the ISS, shares monitoring technologies and data between NASA and Roscosmos, and provides a scientific basis for decisions about future microbial monitoring, both on ISS through its extended life, and on other future human exploration spacecraft.

High Rate Dosimeter (HRD) Data Take: Yui verified previous correction factors and trend background readings on both HRD units. He recorded memory register values so that a dose measurement can be calculated. CHeCS HRDs measure the radiation dose during high dose rate events.

Space Station Computers (SSC) Donut Part 1 Service Pack – Yesterday, ground controllers successfully loaded the Donut part 1 service pack to the SSCs and the onboard servers.  The Donut service pack adds support for five additional payloads, and provides improvements to the crew webpage, other crew software tools, and the print server.

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

  • HRF. Urine Sample Collection
  • ISS-MCC-M TV Test TV Session / Video & Audio
  • HRF. Urine Sample Insertion into MELFI
  • HRF. The Refrigerated Centrifuge Blood Ops
  • HRF. Blood Collection
  • HRF. Centrifuge Configuration
  • Test TV Session Close-out Ops
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • ISS Crew / SSIPC FD Conference
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements. / r/g 9656
  • HRF. Reconfiguration of centrifuge and cold stowage of blood samples
  • Tropical Cyclone Hardware Closeout
  • HRF. Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF. Conclude Blood Collection Ops and Stow Equipment
  • Reconnecting SM Kurs-P Cables to MRM2 +Y port / r/g 8049
  • RADIN – Retrieval of dosimeters from deployed locations
  • RADIN – Handover of Dosimeters to the Russian Crew
  • MATRYOSHKA-R.Receiving BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS. / r/g 9656
  • OCT Hardware Setup
  • SPHERES – Camera Setup and Video Recording
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements. / r/g 9656
  • Russian Joint Research (RJR) – Visual Analysis of Surface Samples and Petri Dishes
  • Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops
  • HRF.  Urine Sample Collection
  • Symbolic Activity Preparation / r/g 9657
  • HRF.  Sample MELFI Insertion
  • OCT Vision Test, Subject
  • Health Management System (HMS) – Optical Coherence Tomography (ОСТ) – Operator
  • Replacement of a primary O2 converter in ИК0501 gas analyzer
  • SPHERES – Start VERTIGO Test
  • EML – Opening Gas Valves
  • OCT Vision Test, Subject
  • OCT Exam – Operator
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage
  • Replacement of FGB Dust Collector ПС1
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Symbolic Activity / r/g 9657
  • MAS and SSK Analysis T + 5 as a part of Joint Research
  • HRF. Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF. Sample MELFI Insertion
  • CIR – Review
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • ymbolic Activity / r/g 9657
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • Symbolic Activity / r/g 9657
  • Removal of depress hose for nominal operations
  • BLR48 – Data Saving
  • Fundoscope Ops – Dilation Drops
  • SPHERES – Data Export from USB Drive
  • BLR48 – Data Saving
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • HMS – Fundoscope Setup
  • MDCA – Preparation Ops
  • Fundoscope – Vision Test
  • PAO Event
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКП-И P/L. / r/g 9661
  • CIR – Hardware Gathering
  • High Rate Dosimeter (HRD) Data Take
  • Fundoscope Ops – Dilation Drops
  • SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 9658
  • HRF. Urine Sample Collection
  • 24-hour ECG Monitoring (termination) / r/g 9630
  • HRF. Sample MELFI Insertion
  • 24-hour BP Monitoring (end) r/g 9631
  • Fundoscope – Eye Exam
  • RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
  • HAPTICS-2 equipment stowage
  • RGN – Terminate water drain into EDV
  • Fundoscope Removal and Stowage
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 9662 

Completed Task List Items

  • P/TV external inspection DC1
  • AC Inverter Deploy in N2
  • Crew Choice Event

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • SPHERES ops
  • ROBoT OBT support
  • Fundoscope ops

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 08/20: Neuro Mapping, OH, MDCA hardware replace, COL ITCS sample
  • Friday, 08/21: OH cardiac ops, HMS Fundoscope, HTV OBT, HTV Transfer Conf, EVA PGT TAL Cal, JAXA Try Zero-G
  • Saturday, 08/22: Crew off duty, housekeeping

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

Full Up