ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/20/15

Observation Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) Sample Exchange:  Kononenko performed an OASIS sample exchange today, installing the third of four sample cartridges into the experiment hardware housed in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).  OASIS studies the unique behavior of liquid crystals in microgravity, including their overall motion and the merging of crystal layers known as smectic islands. Liquid crystals are used for display screens in televisions and clocks, and they also occur in soaps and in cell membranes. The experiment allows detailed studies of the behavior of these structures, and how microgravity affects their unique ability to act like both a liquid and a solid crystal.


Sleep Log:  Kelly recorded a Sleep Log entry today.  The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness.  The investigation examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS.


NanoRack Cubesat Deployer 6 (NRCSD#6) Latch Inspection and Return to the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock:  Kelly obtained photographs for verification of the Cubesat Quad Deployers secondary latch positions.  He then opened the Airlock outer hatch, extended the Slide Table out of the Airlock, and monitored the soft dock of the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform with the NRCSD attached to it to the slide table by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS).  Later, he retracted the slide table into the Airlock and closed the outer hatch.  Tomorrow, Kelly will pressurize the Airlock and perform a leak check prior to safing the door on Deployer #6, which contains two cubesats that were not able to be launched.


Plant Gravity Sensing 2 (PGS2) Run 1 Closeout:  Yui closed out Plant Gravity Sensing 2 Run1 today.  He removed culture dishes from the Photon Counting Units in the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Incubator Unit and stowed the PGS2 hardware.


Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation:  Yui configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3003 and 3010 for loop scrubbing.  Samples containing 250 mL of the water were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering.  10 mL of this water sample was used for a conductivity test and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.  Yui then reconfigured Loop Scrub hardware for Iodination of Ion Filters on both suits.  As part of a separate activity, Lindgren utilized the EMU Caution & Warning System (ECWS) Trainer to review operations of the EMU Enhanced Caution and Warning System and practiced EVA Cuff Checklist procedures.  Later in the day, Kelly and Lindgren worked together and configured EVA tools needed for upcoming ISS Upgrades EVA, scheduled for October 28th.


X2R14 Software Transition:   Flight Controllers continue to update Multiplexer/Demultiplexers (MDMs) with the latest software suite.  Today, they successfully loaded the LSYS3 R6 software onto the LAB-3 MDM and the N2SYS2 R4 software onto the Node 2-2 MDM.  X2R14 software transition activities will continue through Wednesday afternoon.


Possible Conjunction with Object # 39861 (SL-16 Debris):  Ground teams are evaluating tracking data for a possible conjunction with object # 39861. The time of closest approach is Wednesday, Wednesday, October 21 at 6:01 PM CDT. Concern level on the item is currently medium and teams are evaluating the potential for a Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM).


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Fault:  Overnight, the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) faulted during a reprocess cycle.  The error code indicated an issue with the Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA).  This morning ground teams attempted to re-activate UPA but were not successful.  The UPA faulted to the same failure indications.  This FCPA has operated for about 1065 hours and is beyond the on-orbit Mean Time between Failure (MBTF) of 600 hours. Currently there are two spare FCPAs on-orbit with an additional spare arriving onboard Orbital  4.  Teams will continue to review the data and develop a forward plan.


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

  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Start EMU cooling loop scrub
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT)
  • Photo of NanoRacks Cubesat Deployer Latch
  • Crew Choice Video
  • Replacement of Temperature Sensor ТМ168-04 (TM-parameter Т264) in the SM
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • PROBOY. Document review and equipment gathering
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Mating Temperature Sensor Connector ТМ168-04 (parameter Т264) in the SM
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Photography of Soyuz 718 [CA] window glass across plane IV and file downlink
  • JEMAL – Opening Outer Hatch and extending slide table to JEF side
  • Preparing for Photography of RS Windows
  • PGS2 – Closeout Ops
  • DAN. Experiment Ops
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Eye Procedure
  • PGS2 – Detachment of Meas Experiment Unit (MEU)
  • Photo/TV Battery Charge Initiation
  • EMU Cooling Loop Post Scrub Water Sample
  • EVA – Enhanced Caution and Warning System (ECWS) On-Board Training
  • EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance – EMU Reconfig
  • OASIS – Sample Swap
  • JEMAL – Closing SAM
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Equipment Stowage
  • EMU – Long Dryout
  • VIRU. Battery Charge
  • CONTUR-2. Installation of master arm with adapter on panel 418
  • EMU – Conductivity Test
  • Installation of ТВМ-1Н SW
  • JEMAL – Closing SAM capture Mechanism to capture position
  • JEMAL – Retracting Slide Table from JEF
  • JEMAL – Closing Outer Hatch
  • JEMRMS RLT Laptop Deactivation
  • CONTUR-2. Experiment Session Ops
  • NAPOR-miniRSA. БЗУ-M Software Upgrade
  • ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM Radio Session with Students from St-Petersburg
  • EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance – Deconfiguration
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • EVA – Impact Shield Installation
  • EVA Tool Config
  • CONTUR-2. De-installation of master arm with adapter from panel 418
  • Battery Charger Battery Swap
  • Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop (Cleaning and rebooting)
  • BRI Cleaning (Monthly)
  • Retractable Tether Inspection – Part 2
  • VIRU. Software Update
  • VIRU. Hardware Setup for Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • EHS – Labeling IV-TEPC Cable
  • Fundoscope Exam Setup
  • Evening Work Prep
  • Fundoscope Setup and OCT Laptop Configuration
  • Fundoscope – Eye Examination
  • Crew Discretionary Conference
  • VIRU. Hardware parameter adjustment for Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • Fundoscope Removal and Stowage
  • EVA – Stow equipment used in conductivity test
  • VIRU. Earth Observation for  Relaksatsiya Experiment
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • URAGAN Observations and Photography


Completed Task List Items

  • PMM101 Photo D1
  • PMM101 Photo G_K


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • UHF activation in support of EMU Loop Scrubs
  • LAB-3 MDM transition to LSYS3 R6 Software
  • Node 2-2 MDM transition to N2SYS2 R4 Software


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 10/21:  EVA Safer Practice, EVA Tool Config, Ocular Health, EVA Camera Setup, X2R14

Thursday, 10/22:  EMU Water Recharge, EMU OFV

Friday, 10/23:  43S OBT Drill, EVA Procedure Review


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