ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/4/15

44 Soyuz (44S) Docking: 44S, carrying Aidyn Aimbetov, Andreas Mogensen and Sergey Volkov to the ISS, successfully docked this morning at 2:42 am CDT followed by leak checks and hatch opening, increasing the ISS crew complement to nine members. Padalka and Kelly conducted a safety briefing with the newly arrived 44S crew, covering potential hazards and available safety measures on the ISS.


Microbe IV: Yui collected air and surface samples in different locations of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) using the Particle Counter and the Surface, Water and Air Biocharacterization Air Sampling Device (SWAB ASD). Additional samples using an adhesive sheet were collected and stored in MELFI for return on a future flight.  The Microbe IV experiment researches microbial dynamics in a crewed habitat in space which is vital to understand for safe and healthy long duration space habitation. Research on this relationship in a space habitation environments is critical for success in long-duration mission, in order to reduce potential hazards for the crew and the spacecraft infrastructure.


Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack-2 (MSPR-2) Video Recording Unit (VRU) Checkout: Lindgren performed an end-to-end video communication between the ground and MSPR-2 and the function of MSPR VRU2 with the two primary ISS camcorders.


Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) Removal: Following the completion of MHU checkout this week, Yui removed the MHU from the CBEF.  Additional hardware will arrive on future flights in advance of the first planned use of the MHU. Samples are scheduled for arrival on SpaceX-9.
HTV Cargo Transfer Status:  Yui completed about one hour of HTV-5 Cargo transfer operations today. A total of 22.3 hours remain to complete HTV-5 cargo operations.


ESA Short Duration Mission

AQUAMEMBRANE: Lindgren performed a pre‐requisite activity with the Water Processing Assembly (WPA) Waste Water Tank, by filling 3 bags with 300mL of waste water condensate. These bags are kept at ambient temperature until the AQUAMEMBRANE activities planned on 05‐September (GMT248).  The AQUAMEMBRANE experiment will help validate an Aquaporin Inside Membrane (AIM) as a replacement to the ISS multi‐filtration beds for water recovery by quantifying AIM efficiency to treat ISS condensate obtained from the ISS cabin atmosphere. This could lead to improved efficiency in ISS systems for reclaiming water for use as drinking water etc, which will help reduce upload mass of expendable media used in water processing.


SKINSUIT:  The first height measurement of Mogenson, with support of Kelly, was completed.  When astronauts are in space, they do not experience the effects of gravity and one result of this is that they do not have any body weight. We know that astronauts grow taller in space and we think the main reason for this is that, without the weight of their upper body pressing down on it, their spine ‘stretches’ – it becomes less curved and the discs that separate the bones of the spine fill with more fluid (fluid that is normally squeezed out by the weight of their upper body). This investigation will test a new piece of clothing called ‘SkinSuit’, which is designed to simulate the effect of body weight, to see if it can control this stretching.


ENDOTHELIAL CELLS: KUBIK FM5 was powered on from the ground. EC (Experiment Container) pouches were retrieved from 44S, and installation of the ECs was completed by Yui. Good temperature and centrifuge setpoints confirmed.  Human subjects and experimental animal models returning from space have shown muscle‐skeletal and cardiovascular problems accredited to injury of the endothelium: the system of cells lining the inner surface of all blood vessels. This project aims at understanding the reaction of cultured endothelial cells to spaceflight through cellular and genetic analysis.


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

  • Soyuz 718 ODF Ops. Start Drying two Orlan Suits
  • SLEEP. Completing Questionnaire
  • Vozdukh Deactivation
  • Closing window shutters 6,8,9,12,13,14
  • MPEG-2 Downlink Test via Ku-band
  • ISS HAM RADIO Power Down
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (start).
  • Review TV PAO procedure “Hatch Opening from MRM2” and “Arrival of Expedition 45 and VC-18 from SM”.
  • Preparation for ТК 718 Docking
  • ISS Comm Config for ТПК 718 Docking. Comm check with Soyuz 718 via RSA2-S/G2
  • Monitoring of Soyuz 718 Rendezvous with the ISS
  • Activation of TV Data and MPEG2 Multicast Monitoring Equipment
  • CBEF – Hardware Removal
  • Activation of mpeg2 multicast video recording mode
  • Video Footage for Nauka 2.0 TV Channel
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • Switching СО-ТК PEV (MRM2) to ELECTR CONTROL
  • Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast video via OCA
  • Activation of Gas Analyzer in ТК 717 (MRM1)
  • ISS RS comm. config after Soyuz 718 docking
  • MICB – Start Air Sampling
  • CBEF – Cable Reconfiguration
  • ТК 718 – MRM2 Interface Leak Check
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • CBEF Door Open
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • MICB – Sample Photos
  • MICB Sample Collection
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • Hardware Setup in SM for “Expedition 45 Arrival” TV Coverage and Test Checkout from SM
  • CBEF Door Close
  • Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [СОА] Activation
  • MICB – Filter installation in MELFI
  • Hardware Setup in MRM2 for “Hatch Opening from MRM2” TV PAO Coverage from SM and Test Checkout from MRM2
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Soyuz-MRM2 Hatch Opening
  • TV coverage “Hatch Opening from MRM2” and “Expedition 45 and VC-18 Arrival from SM”
  • Installing Quick-Release Screw Clamps on MRM2 side
  • Closing Applications, Deactivation of TV data monitoring Equipment
  • MICB – Filter Removal
  • MICB – Filter installation in MELFI
  • СТТС reconfig for nominal ops
  • Terminate Drying of Suits 1,2
  • Start drying the 3rd space suit and set up the 1st pair of gloves for drying
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Finish drying the 1st pair of gloves and start drying the 2nd pair
  • CMS-KIT- Installation
  • VC FE Familiarization with the ISS
  • Daily measurements in SkinSuit and Filling Questionnaire
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start backup.
  • EXPRESS Rack 4 – Laptop configuration
  • EXPRESS Rack 4 – Gateway and Laptop configuration
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Up
  • Terminate Drying the Second Pair of Gloves
  • Safety briefing after ТК 718 docking
  • MSPR2 – Cable Installation and Hardware Checkout
  • Familiarization of VC SFP with ISS
  • Photography of traces left by the Active Docking Mechanism Probe on the MRM2 Passive Mechanism Receiving Cone
  • VC FE Familiarization with the ISS
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Soyuz ТК 718 Deactivation (without Gas Analyzer deactivation)
  • Downlink of Docking Cone Internal Surface Photos via OCA
  • Finish drying the 3rd suit, start drying the 3rd pair of gloves
  • BIOSIGNAL. Activation of ТБУ-В incubator No.2 at +29 deg С
  • Soyuz ТК 718 Deactivation  (without Gas Analyzer deactivation)
  • ENDO – hardware handover and relocation
  • ТК 718 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • ENDO – Installation of Containers into KUBIK
  • Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves
  • Stowage of suits and gloves after drying
  • SDM – Bag gathering for equipment transfer
  • VC FE Familiarization with the ISS
  • POLYGEN. DROZOFILA-2 Kit Transfer from ТК and Setup in SM
  • ESA Weekly Crew Conference
  • CALCIUM. Calcium- Э Kit Transfer from Soyuz and Setup in MRM1
  • POLYGEN. Kit deployment photo at exposure location
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Transfer of PADLES detectors from ТК and Handover to USOS
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Kit Handover Photography
  • Dosimeter Setup
  • ТК 718 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • BIOSIGNAL. Hardware Transfer from Soyuz
  • BIOSIGNAL. Hardware setup at +29 degrees C.
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Questionnaire
  • VC FE Familiarization with the ISS
  • MSPR2 – Closeout Ops
  • SDM – Equipment transfer and stowage
  • Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
  • JRNL – Journal Entry
  • MSPR2 – Reconfig for nominal ops
  • TWIN – Saliva Collection Hardware Setup
  • HRF – Hardware Setup
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire


Completed Task List Items

  • HTV Cargo Operations


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • 44S docking support


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 09/05: Emergency roles & responsibilities review, Change of Command Ceremony

Sunday, 09/06: OBT Soyuz drill, crew off duty

Monday, 09/07: USOS crew holiday (Labor Day)


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 Operate
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) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up