ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/23/15

Ocular Health Ocular and Cardiac Ultrasounds:  Yui and Lindgren performed ocular and cardiac ultrasounds today as part of their Flight Day 60 Ocular Health testing.   The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. 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. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.


Sprint Ultrasound:  Kelly performed his Flight Day 180 thigh and calf ultrasound scans today with assistance from Yui and guidance from the Sprint ground team.  Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions. Upon completion of this study, investigators expect to provide an integrated resistance and aerobic exercise training protocol capable of maintaining muscle, bone and cardiovascular health while reducing total exercise time over the course of a long-duration space flight. This will provide valuable information in support of the long term goal of protecting human fitness for even longer space exploration missions.


Journals:  Kelly performed his third of three weekly Journal activities today. 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.


H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Cargo Transfer Status:  The crew continued working on HTV5 cargo transfer operations today, and are nearly complete with loading the vehicle.  HTV hatch closure is scheduled for Sunday, with unberth on Monday.


Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  In support of the ISS Upgrades EVA scheduled for late October, Yui prepared a new Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) for use and an old unit for return.  The new SAFER will be checked out in the coming weeks.  He also inspected Load Alleviating Strap on Safety Tethers, Waist Tethers and soft strap on D-Ring Extenders.  In addition, Lindgren lubricated EVA Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3010 and 3003 O2 actuator slider bars and evaluated O2 actuator forces.  During the course of this activity, he noted a gouge to a Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) O-ring.  He provided imagery of the gouge which is being evaluated by engineering teams.


Robotics Micro-Conical Tool (RMCT) Swap:  Tonight robotics ground controllers will begin two days of activities to troubleshoot the torque anomaly previously seen with RMCT1, and to rule out the SPDM’s Tool Holster Assembly (THA) Micro-Conical Fitting (MCF) as the potential root cause.  This involves using the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to pick up RMCT1 with Arm2 and RMCT2 with Arm1.   Each RMCT will then be used to grasp the other THA MCF before being stowed in its original location.


Conjunction with Object # 81934 Status:  After evaluating tracking data overnight, ground teams determined that the conjunction with Object #81934 was of low concern and discontinued planning for a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM).



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

  • TWIN – Urine Samples Collection
  • HRF – Insertion of Samples in MELFI
  • Video Camera Assembly 1 (VCA1) Setup
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • Life on the Station Photo/Video Ops
  • MAGVEC – MagVector Configuration
  • VIRU. Battery Charge
  • USND2 – Hardware Activation
  • Ocular Health (ОН) – Ultrasound Scan Prep
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Ocular Health (ОН) – Ultrasound Scan
  • Ocular Health (ОН) – Data Export
  • BAR. Experiment Session
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • OASIS – Trash Transfer to HTV-5
  • Ocular Health (ОН) – Ultrasound Post Exam
  • Configuration and Setup of Two New XF305 Camcorders
  • HTV Cargo Transfer Operations
  • SPRINT – Ultrasound Scan
  • SPRINT – Assistance during the Experiment
  • HTV – Cargo Transfer Conference
  • EVA – O2 Actuator Lube
  • EVA – Inspection of Safety and Waist Tethers and D-ring Extenders for Structural Integrity
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Ops
  • TWIN – Urine Samples Collection
  • OH – Cardiac Scan and Blood Pressure Measurement
  • HRF – Insertion of Samples in MELFI
  • VELIKOE NACHALO (GREAT START). Video Scenario Review
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Ops
  • OH – Assistance during the Experiment
  • HMS – Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ)
  • TWIN – Urine Samples Collection
  • URAGAN. Earth Imagery
  • VIZIR. Experiment Session Using СКП-И Hardware
  • HRF – Insertion of Samples in MELFI
  • ARED – Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • OH – Cardiac Scan and Blood Pressure Measurement
  • OH – Assistance during the Experiment
  • Water Transfer from Progress 428 (DC1) БВ1 Water Tank into EDV and БВ1 Water Tank Shell Compression
  • EVA – SAFER Installation and Checkout
  • URISIS Hardware Setup
  • Search for Lost Adjustable Length Tethers
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Ops
  • SSC2 Shell Swap
  • VIRU. Software Update. Tagup with specialists
  • VIRU. Hardware Setup for Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Session
  • Life on the Station Photo/Video Ops
  • TWIN – Urine Samples Collection
  • VIRU. Hardware Settings Adjustment for Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • HRF – Insertion of Samples in MELFI
  • VIRU. Observation of the Indian Ocean as part of Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • TWIN – Blood Samples Collection Prep
  • JRNL – Journal Entry
  • VIRU. Closeout Ops and Hardware Teardown after the Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • TV signal Transmission Test from the SM to Orion Ground Site 21 (with quality evaluation) and VHF1 Test from SM Ground Site 21 (with quality evaluation) To = 18.36
  • USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
  • CONTENT. Experiment Session
  • VIRU. Filling in VIRU Registration Sheet and Downlink
  • Progress 428 (DC1) БВ1 Water Tank Shell Compression – Closeout Ops
  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos website
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • Video Footage of Greetings


Completed Task List Items

  • 44S USOS unpack


Ground Activities

All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • Battery Capacity Test for Battery Set 3A2
  • RMCT Swap


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 09/24:  Cardio Ox Ultrasound, Cell Biology, HTV Cargo Ops, Hatch Seal Inspect, Galley Rack knee brace install.

Friday, 09/25: HTV GLA/LED Light Removal, HTV Departure OBT, Cell Biology Experiment

Saturday, 09/26: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty



QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) On
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) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up