ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/2/15

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock Preparation for NanoRack Cubesat Deployer 6 (NRCSD#6) Cubesat Launches:  During yesterday’s preparation of the NRCSD, there was an issue installing the Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI). Yui implemented a workaround with an alternate set of fasteners to attach MLI to the deployer.  He then returned the slide table to the Airlock and depressed and vented the Airlock. The 16 cubesats in the deployers are scheduled for launches on Monday through Wednesday of next week, October 5th – October 7th.


Plant Gravity Sensing 2 (PGS2) Experiment Run 1:  Yui retrieved culture dishes containing seed papers from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI), inserted them into Plant Experiment Units (PEUs), and attached the PEUs to the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) to start a 10 day incubation period.  This investigation supports the study of cellular formation of gravity sensors and the molecular mechanism for gravity sensing in plants grown in microgravity conditions.  The research results may have implications for higher crop yield in farming and for cultivating plants for long-duration space missions.


Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) 2 Troubleshooting:  Lindgren performed troubleshooting for MELFI #2.  Preliminary results indicate a Rack Interface Unit (RIU) failure.  An onboard spare is available to replace the RIU next week.  On September 7th this unit stopped providing Health and Status updates and the temperature started to change, indicating a Brayton motor stop.


Reaction Self-Test:  Kelly and Kornienko performed sessions for the Reaction Self-Test investigation.  Reaction Self-Test helps crewmembers objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications).


Space Headaches:  Yui and Lindgren answered their weekly Space Headaches questionnaires today.  Headaches can be a common complaint during spaceflight. The Space Headaches experiment will provide information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crew members in space.


Water Processor Assembly (WPA) Maintenance:   The crew performed a series of maintenance items related to the WPA today.  Based on recent trending of the Total Organic Carbon (TOC) concentration in the WPA product water, the Multi-Filtration (MF) Beds were known to be at the end of their life, and therefore, were replaced.  Additionally, the Ion Exchange (IX) Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) was replaced due to the recent detection of Silica in a product water sample that was returned on SpaceX-6.  The presence of silica is evidence that this ORU had also reached the end of its life.  The team also took advantage of this maintenance opportunity by replacing a degraded Microbial Check Valve (MCV) ORU, however, following the replacement there was a flow issue with the new spare, so the degraded spare was re-installed.  Additionally, an External Filter Assembly (EFA) change out was performed due to trending that has shown an increase in loading on the Waste Water Filter.  It is anticipated that changing out the IX Bed in conjunction with the MF Beds will return the TOC to below minimum detectable limits.  The team is currently working on returning the WPA to operational following these activities.


Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:   In support of the ISS Upgrades EVA planned for October 28th, Lindgren built a Ballscrew Lubrication Tool (BLT) that will be used to lubricate the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Latching End Effector (LEE)-B.  He then filled both prime Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garments (LCVGs) with EVA Mobility Unit (EMU) feed water. Once the LCVGs were filled, the EMUs were left powered for an additional 10 minutes in order to dry out the EMU Fan Module.  Later in the day he also initiated a battery charge cycle for the Pistol Grip Tools (PGT), Helmet Lights, and two Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies (REBA) which will be used during the EVA.


Inter-Module Ventilation (IMV) Flow Measurements:  Yui used the Velocicalc and a set of aids to measure the air flow exiting outlets and entering inlets throughout the USOS modules.  In addition to flow rate measurements, inspections were performed in select locations.  The results of this survey, which is performed every 120 days, are used to monitoring the health of the ISS IMV system and determine if any additional corrective actions are required.


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

  • Gathering IFM Hardware
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters
  • JEMAL – Depress and Vent
  • MELF2 – ORU Troubleshooting
  • ISS HAM – Activation of ISS HAM Radio and Video
  • In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) – Multifiltration ORU R&R
  • NANORACK – Hardware Checkout
  • Drinking demonstrations using specially-designed cups
  • Reaction Self-Test
  • On MCC Go Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge
  • WRS Waste Water Filter R&R
  • Water Processor Assembly (WPA) Ion Exchange Filter R&R
  • JEMAL – Depress and Vent Completion Verification
  • Water Processor Assembly (WPA) Microbial Check Valve (MCV) ORU R&R
  • Photography of the Central Post Interior
  • EVA – LEE Survey
  • Photography of the Central Post Interior
  • Restow IFM Hardware
  • PGS2 – Equipment Gathering
  • ARED Exercise
  • On MCC Go ТКГ 429 and SM Aft Interface Leak Check
  • JEMAL – Depress and Vent Completion Verification
  • Private Psychological Conference
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
  • ПрК-СУ Hatch Opening
  • PGS2 –  Sample Retrieval from MELFI
  • PGS2 – Plant Unit Attachment Run 1
  • On MCC Go ТКГ-СУ Hatch Opening
  • PMM Hygiene Questionnaire
  • Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side after ТГК 429 Docking and Hatch Opening
  • ТКГ 429 (Aft) Air Sampling Using АК-1М sampler
  • ТКГ 429 deactivation, air duct installation
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) Installation of IMAX Hardware
  • PGS2 – Plant Exp Unit Operation Start
  • Audio Session with A. A. Volkov
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • On MCC Go ТКГ 429 docking mechanism disassembly, hatch tool  installation on the front side of the hatch
  • On MCC Go Progress 429 Docking Mechanism Removal
  • EMU-LVCG Water Charge
  • Stow T2 Exercise Video Equipment
  • EMU – Long Dryout
  • ТКГ 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
  • IMV Flow Measurement
  • Start BSA Battery Charge
  • ТКГ 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Bringing ODF up to date using ТКГ 429 (SM Aft)  delivered files
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Transfer and Deploy Differential Pressure Indicator [СПД] Assemblies at Their Exposure Locations
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • Restow IFM Hardware
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • On MCC Go Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge
  • Reaction Self-Test
  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • JEM Airlock Depressurization


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 10/03:  Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty

Sunday, 10/04:  Crew Off Duty

Monday, 10/05:  NRCSD #6 Deploys, Node1 Power/Data Jumper Routing, Robonaut


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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