ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/06/16

47 Soyuz (47S) Launch: 47S launched successfully at 8:36PM CDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome with Expedition 48 crew members Anatoly Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins on board. Docking is scheduled Friday at 11:12PM CDT. With this crew’s arrival, the ISS will be in 6-crew operations until 46S return on September 6.

3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment Operations: The ground team remotely operated the 3D printer to produce three more 3D printed test coupons in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), after which the crew removed and stowed them. The 3D Printing In Zero-G experiment demonstrates that a 3D printer works normally in space. A 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on top of layer to create 3 dimensional objects. Testing a 3D printer using relatively low-temperature plastic feedstock on the ISS is the first step toward establishing an on-demand machine shop in space, a critical enabling component for deep-space crewed missions and in-space manufacturing.

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the RaDI-N hardware from Russian crewmembers, the USOS crewmember deployed all 8 Space Bubble Detectors around the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels on the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation. 

European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Gas Valve Open and Water Pump Tube Installation: In preparation for the arrival of the Plant Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Regulation experiment on SpaceX-9, the EMCS gas valves were opened and three water pump tubes on each of the four Rotor Based Life Support System (RBLSS) modules were installed, for a total of twelve water pump tube installs. The EMCS is a European Space Agency (ESA) experiment facility that is dedicated to studying plant biology in a reduced gravity environment. It supports the cultivation, stimulation, and crew-assisted operation of biological experiments under controlled conditions (e.g. temperature, atmospheric composition, water supply, illumination, observation, and gravity). The facility has performed multi-generation (seed-to-seed) experiments and studies the effects of gravity and light on early development and growth, signal perception and transduction in plant tropisms.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Stowage Configuration: The crew relocated cargo that will be used frequently during SpX-9 docked ops from the Japanese Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (JLP) and JEM Pressurized Module (JPM). He also made room to stow cargo arriving on SpX-9 that is planned for frequent use.

Water Processing Assembly (WPA) Status: The WPA continues to experience faults of the Independent Shutdown Monitor (ISM) which causes WPA to isolate the potable water delivery system. The faults are due to increased delta pressure across the microbial check valve.  In addition, the Reactor Health Sensor conductivity has risen, causing the WPA to remain in Recycle and at higher risk for ISM faults.  Teams met and recommended to further reduce the process and low flow rates to lower the system pressure.  This can be accomplished by ground commanding only.  Reducing the flow rates would not prevent Independent Shutdown Monitor (ISM) faults, however, it will provide more margin and reduce the frequency of faults. 

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

  • JEM Airlock Pressurization
  • MELF3 Ice Brick Insert
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring r/g 1588
  • RASTENIYA-2. Equipment Audit / r/g 2706
  • 3DP Coupon removal and stowage
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download Data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (Start) r/g 2224
  • Biological Research in Canisters Natural Products (BRICNP)  Relocate the stowage in preparation for SpX-9 BRIC NP installation
  • Soyuz 717 Kazbek Fit Check
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Hardware setup r/g 2718
  • USOS Stowage Consolidation
  • Progress 432 [AO] Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1832
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment r/g 2718
  • JEM Dragon 9 Stowage Reconfiguration
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Observation r/g 2718
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout ops and hardware stow / r/g 2718
  • Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop  (Cleaning and rebooting) / r/g 1023
  • Exercise Hardware Gathering
  • BRI Monthly Maintenance r/g 2716
  • Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • NAPOR-mini RSA. Cleaning Onboard Memory Storage БЗУ-М vents / r/g 1906
  • 3DP Coupon removal and stowage
  • FS1 File Server S/W Update Installation r/g 2715
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors r/g 2717
  • ISS-HAM Radio Session
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start file compression r/g 2224
  • Dust Filter Replacement and MRM1 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (ГЖТ) Cleaning
  • RADIN Handover of RADI-N Detectors to RS
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters to USOS / r/g 2717
  • RADIN  Dosimeter Deployment
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment r/g 2717 
  • EMCS Valve Open
  • EMCS Water pump installation
  • MERLIN3 Removal of Used Desiccant
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise, Optional
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2714
  • 3DP Coupon removal and stowage
  • Final EWC WAP configuration and SM WAP stow
  • Geo-Physics Experiments (ГФИ-1). Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate) / r/g 0167

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal ground commanding 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 07/07: CBEF backup power prep for Mouse experiment, JEM stowage reconfig, Cupola ATU mod kit install, Lab RWS screen R&R
  • Friday, 07/08: CBEF video cable reconfig, 3D Printing cartridge exchange, Food Pantry install, 47S dock (begin)
  • Saturday, 07/09: 47S dock (end), leak check, hatch open, safety briefing

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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