ISS Daily Summary Report – 04/27/16

Energy Operations: The crew completed day six of the ten-day European Space Agency (ESA) Energy experiment run by collecting ISS tap water samples taken from the Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) and body samples. This investigation will help determine the crewmembers’ energy requirements for long-term space flight.  Energy also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge of energy requirements is of a great importance to ensure health, good performance and the overall success of a mission, and also contributes to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.


Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Operations: With guidance from the ground teams, crewmembers began the second week of operations for Fluid Shifts by configuring Ultrasound 2 and performing an Ultrasound scan before conducting Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) measurement tests. Fluids Shifts is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures.


Genes in Space: The crew completed the final of four planned sessions of the Genes in Space experiment by retrieving the miniPCR sample tubes from the Glacier, configuring the hardware in the Maintenance Work Area (MWA), and processing the samples in the miniPCR.  The investigation is a winning student-designed experiment to test whether the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used to study deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) alterations aboard the ISS.  Spaceflight causes many changes to the human body, including alterations in DNA and a weakened immune system. Understanding whether these two processes are linked is important for safeguarding crew health, but DNA technology that can track these changes is relatively untested in space.


NanoRack Module 9 Operations: The third of five NanoRacks Module 9 experiment sessions was completed today. The crew activated, deactivated, and shook the mixture tubes to facilitate the experiment. Module-9 is a collection of student research projects utilizing the NanoRacks mix sticks. Student teams from across the United States designed their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The experiments include the Staphylococcus Epidermidis in Microgravity, Evaporation Investigation, Operation Germination of Cottonseeds, and Rust Formation in Microgravity.


Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks was completed for this investigation which 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: The crew configured the Dose Tracker app and completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. 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.


Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS. Observations can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need.


Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Demonstration (JSSOD) Microsat “DIWATA” #1 (M-1) Deploy: Earlier this morning the crew opened the outer hatch and extended the Slide Table (ST) to the JEM Exposed Facility (JEF) in preparation for JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) grapple and deployment of the JSSOD M-1 satellite. Satellite deployment was completed successfully. The crew then retracted the ST and closed the hatch.  Microsat is a 50-kg-class microsatellite named “DIWATA-1” (meaning “fairy” in Filipino). It is the first microsatellite owned by the Philippine government with Filipino engineers involved in its development. The satellite will observe Earth and monitor climate changes.


Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations/H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 Get-ahead Tasks: The robotics ground controllers continued with Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) operations to retract the secondary bolts (H1), breaking torque on the primary bolts (H2), and re-torqueing the primary bolts to a lower setting on the S4 batteries.  All 3A battery bolts are complete except for battery 3A2-2 H1 bolt. Engineering and robotics teams are working a forward plan for battery 3A2-2 completion including whether the maximum commanded torque can be increased. The arm is now in position to support 1A battery operations scheduled to begin tomorrow.


Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Radio Frequency (RF) Checkout Day 3: C2V2-A RF checkout test D was completed. C2V2-A sent Global Positioning System (GPS) Auxiliary Data (GAD) to the simulated Visiting Vehicle (Electronic System Test Laboratory) on the forward link. Ground teams verified health and status telemetry from the Visiting Vehicle on the return link.


Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) LA2B_A Remote Power Controller (RPC) 4 Trip: RPCM LA2B_A RPC 4 tripped today.  This RPC powers the Rack Flow Control Assembly (RFCA) for EXPRESS Rack 2 (ER2). The RFCA was open at the time of the trip, so coolant is still flowing to the rack and there is no immediate impact to ER2 operation or Payloads in the rack. Review of the 50 Hz data dump indicates that this was an overcurrent trip of 3.5 +/ 0.2 amps which met the RPC Trip Limit. The RPC is currently open with closed command inhibited. Ground teams are investigating the cause of the trip.


Dragon Cargo Operations: As of last night, the crew had completed 12:40 hours of cargo transfer. Six and 1/2 hours were completed today for a total of 19 hours completed resulting in ~26 hours remaining to be completed.


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

  • ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2047
  • JEMRMS RLT2 Activation
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Power On
  • FLUID SHIFTS Equipment Cleaning and Preparation for Measurements
  • JEMAL Slide Table extension
  • FINEMOTR Operator Assistance with the Experiment
  • Separation of EDV (KOV) No.1199 for Elektron or EDV-SV No.1208
  • FLUID SHIFTS Baseline Scan, Subject
  • Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [СМОК] r/g 2056
  • DRAGON Transfers
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • ENERGY Water Sampling
  • ENERGY, Urine Sample Collection
  • Gas Analyzer output data and O2 channel adjustment
  • JEMRMS Small Fine Arm (SFA) Ungrapple
  • Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Equipment Removal
  • NANO Activation and shaking the Tubes
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
  • FLUID SHIFTS Hardware Connection and Power up
  • HABIT Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • FLUID SHIFTS Baseline Exam Operator
  • Manufacturing Device Overview
  • JEMRMS Satellite Deployment Observation
  • Laser Eye Protection Disk Removal from Cupola windows  Part 1
  • Retracting Slide Table in JEMAL and closing Outer Hatch
  • FLUID SHIFTS Tonometer Exam
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification for ARED Exercise
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Hardware Power Off
  • FLUID SHIFTS – Hardware Removal
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Maintenance Work Area preparation for Payload use
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Tonometry Equipment stow
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Sample Retrieval
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Sample Processing
  • DOSETRK Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops / r/g 2076
  • DRAGON Transfers
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2047
  • Collecting SM and FGB Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler r/g 2072
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Closeout Ops with samples
  • Removal/Installation of Signal Converter Unit (БПС) devices in TORU work station r/g 2085
  • HABIT Application Update
  • Manufacturing Device (MD) Locker and Cable Setup
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position / Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System
  • HABIT Video Recording
  • DRAGON Transfers
  • SM Air Sampling for FREON Using АК-1М Sampler r/g 2072
  • HABIT Application Update
  • ИПД Air Sample Collection for Ammonia in SM r/g 2072
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Hardware Stowage
  • Cleaning fan screens on FGB interior panels (116, 316, 231, 431)
  • Genes in Space (GIS). MELFI Sample Insertion
  • CORRECTSIYA. Experiment Setup / r/g 2086
  • HABIT Terminate Video
  • HABIT Application Update
  • DRAGON Transfers
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2083
  • DOSETRK Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • DRAGON Transfers
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2084
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • ARED Exercise Video Equipment Stowage
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2047
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • JSSOD M-1 deploy
  • Nominal ground commanding


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 04/28: ENERGY, CMS3 closeout, HRF resupply

Friday, 04/29: SmartCycler, METERON, ENERGY

Saturday, 04/30: Crew off duty; housekeeping


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 Standby
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) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up