ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/9/16

MAGVECTOR: Peake performed a data transfer from the jump drive to an SSC folder and reconfigured the switches on the portable power supply 1 (PPS1), completing the 7th run of European Space Agency’s (ESA) MAGVECTOR experiment. Run #8 scheduled for next week will be the last experiment run for Increment 47.  MAGVECTOR qualitatively investigates the interaction between a moving magnetic field and an electrical conductor. The expected changes in the magnetic field structure on the ram and wake side of the electrical conductor are of interest for technical applications as well as for astrophysical research.

Fine Motor Skills:  Kopra and Peake each completed a session of the Fine Motor Skills experiment by completing a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. This investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity.

Dose Tracker:  Kopra and Peake completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication used by crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.

Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) Gylcerol/Water Fill: Kopra successfully performed troubleshooting to resolve pneumatic commanding capabilities that were identified during yesterday’s video checkout. He then began the next science run of the OASIS Gylcerol/Water Fill activity by filling the Inkjet droplet device with glycerol/water for the final experiment protocol on each sample container and exchanged the hard drive. 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.

Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2): Peake reviewed Big Picture words in preparation for tomorrow’s planned hardware installation. Following the review, Peake and Kopra gathered tools that will be required for the installation.


On Board Training (OBT) 45 Soyuz (45S) Emergency Drill:  All 3 crew members participated in this OBT to practice emergency departure of the ISS. This drill is scheduled when a crew has been on onboard the Station for 12-14 weeks and once every 2.5 months thereafter.


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: The UPA is operational and has completed its first process run. The second process run is currently in progress.  The data looks nominal so far.


Robotics Offset Tool (ROST) Freespace Checkout: On 2/4/16 the ROST objective had to be deferred from the Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) demonstration due to an issue with the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) ORU Tool Changeout Mechanism (OTCM) grasping the ROST. The OTCM gripper stalled before reaching the minimum capture position.  A checkout is currently in progress and is using new capture envelope parameters.  The activity will continue until late this evening.


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

  • Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops
  • ISS Emergency Descent Training r/g 1610
  • C2V2 Hardware Install Big Picture Words
  • Camcorder setup to capture БД-2 exercise / r/g 1615
  • C2V2 – Gathering equipment for the activity with LAB1P5
  • On MCC Go Testing БД-2 Treadmill. БД-2 Exercise  Day 3
  • DOSETRK – Questionnaire Completion
  • Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) – Fill the Inkjet droplet device with water
  • Remove Video Equipment Used to capture БД-2 Exercise and Downlink the file / r/g 1615
  • Multi Omics (MO) – Saliva collection equipment setup
  • DOSETRK – Questionnaire Completion
  • COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 1611
  • Taping NAS Payload Power Cable
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • NMAP – Experiment Ops
  • Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV
  • MAGVEC – Data Export
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • EPO – Copying files from Micro CD to SSC
  • IMS Conference
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Nutritional Assessment (ESA)
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
  • NINJA. Document Printout
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
  • HAM-VIDEO Power Up


Completed Task List Items



Ground Activities

All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • MSS powerup [Complete]
  • ROST checkout/unstow/stow
  • MSS powerdown


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 03/10: C2V2 H/W install. LAB1P5 RPCM R&R, SPRINT Ultrasound

Friday, 03/11: C2V2 comm unit install, LAB1P5 reconfig, OBT Cygnus conference

Saturday, 03/12: Crew off duty, housekeeping


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”) On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Override
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Norm
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up