ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/17/2016

Fluid Shifts Operations In the Service Module: With ground team assistance, crewmembers performed Fluid Shifts Imaging exams by configuring the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and the Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) hardware, before completing a DPOAE test, OCT exam, and a Tonometry exam. The purpose of this investigation is to characterize the space flight-induced fluid shift, including intra- and extravascular shifts, intra- and extracellular shifts, changes in total body water and lower vs. upper body shifts. Results from this investigation are expected to help define the causes of the ocular structure and vision changes associated with long duration space flight, and assist in the development of countermeasures. 

Biological Research in Canisters Natural Products (BRIC-NP) Cold Stowage Preparation: The crew retrieved the BRIC-NP canisters from EXPRESS Rack 2 and inserted them in the Glacier for return on SpX-9. The BRIC-NP investigation, radiation-tolerant fungal strains isolated from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant are exposed to spaceflight conditions on board the ISS, then screened for the biological production of beneficial medical or agricultural substances. 

eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE the ISS (ViABLE) Payload Return:  The crew photographed all four ViABLE Bags inside the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) locker before removing and inserting each one into separate ViABLE Return Bags and placing them into Ziploc bags for return on SpX-9. ViABLE involves the evaluation of microbial biofilm development on metallic and textile space materials located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches. Microbial biofilms are known for causing damage and contamination on the Mir space station and the ISS.  The potential application of novel methodologies and products to treat space materials may lead to improvements in the environmental quality of confined human habitats in space and on earth.

Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of life onboard ISS, providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability 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.

Dose Tracker: The Dose Tracker app was configured and the crew completed entries for medication tracking on an iPad. This investigation documents the medication usage of crewmembers 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. 

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Hydrogen (H2) Sensor Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew completed OGS H2 sensor Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) purge adapter operations, R&R of the H2 sensor ORU and AAA cleaning with inlet inspection and cleaning. This activity was scheduled due to ORU end-of-life. 

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Sample Collection: The UPA Distillate Filter and Purge Filter were removed and replaced for return samples in support of the UPA elevated conductivity investigation.  The preceding UPA process cycle had elevated conductivity levels and the samples will help ground teams understand the difference in conductivity with the purge line reconnected. 

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Check Separator Light: To isolate the cause of Check Separator Light illumination, the crew performed an inspection of the hoses and electrical connections on the Urine Receptacle. They reported that the electrical cable on the Urine Receptacle was coiled tightly and may be kinked. They removed the zip tie that was holding the cable together to allow more slack and demated/remated the XT2 connector. Additional troubleshooting steps are in work for the crew to perform as a result of yesterday’s Flight Investigation Team (FIT) recommendations.

Extravehicular Robotics Operations: Yesterday afternoon, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM).  Following SPDM unstow, they maneuvered the SSRMS to position it over the SpX-9 Dragon Trunk and configured the SPDM to extract the International Docking Adapter 2 (IDA2) from the trunk later today. SPDM checkouts were also completed in preparation for the IDA2 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) this Friday.

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

  • Calf Volume Measurement / r/g 3080
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Comm configuration for the experiment /  r/g 9995
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering and Connecting Equipment for TV coverage
  • Soyuz 731 Samsung Tablet Recharge, initiate
  • Biological Research in Canisters Natural Products Stowage Preparation
  • Study of veins in lower extremities / r/g 3081
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Video file transfer to flash drive
  • BRICNP. Sample Insertion into Glacier
  • OGA Hydrogen Sensor R&R
  • Collecting surface samples from FGB equipment and structures / r/g 3083
  • Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Hydrogen Sensor ORU Purge Adapter (HOPA) Operations
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Hardware Setup in SM
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting [OCT] Laptop to BRI r/g 3104
  • DOSETRK iPad data entry
  • DRAGON. Transfers
  • RSS2 Laptop SW Upgrade for Auto Data Downlink via RSPI r/g 3105
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Power up in SM
  • Printing Housekeeping Procedure
  • DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
  • Soyuz 731 Samsung Tablet Recharge, – Terminate
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Operator Assistance with Chibis and Gamma-1 r/g 3103
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup / r/g 3103
  • FLUID SHIFTS. TONO Hardware setup in SM
  • OGA Hydrogen Sensor R&R, Part 2
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Data Gathering in the SM, Subject
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering Data in SM, Operator
  • Installation of ЗУ1А and Replacement of ЗУ1Б БР-9ЦУ-8 in FGB, Prep for Work, Clearing FGB panels r/g 3095
  • Fluid Shifts DPOAE Data Recovery
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops / r/g 3103
  • Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain, Initiate
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • IFM IMV Cleaning
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Power off in SM
  • OGA Hydrogen Sensor Cleaning
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting OCT Laptop r/g 3106
  • DRAGON. Cargo Transfer Tagup
  • Water Recovery System (WRS) Drain Waste Water Tank, terminate
  • FLUID SHIFTS. СУБА PDU De-Route / r/g 3106
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Hardware Stowage
  • Hygiene Procedures
  • Study of veins in lower extremities / r/g 3081
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet recharge, terminate
  • Private Medical Conference
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Crew Onboard Support System (КСПЭ) Hardware Deactivation and Closing Applications on CP SSC
  • MSG Transfer of Flash Drive File to Payload NAS
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Restoring nominal comm config
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Gathering before Transfer to USOS
  • MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops / Communications System
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Experiment Session r/g 3102
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Transfer to USOS
  • UPA Gathering Brine Filter
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Cable removal
  • BIMS. Experiment Ops r/g 3094
  • BIMS. Operator Assistance During the Experiment / r/g 3094
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT and Laptop Setup
  • Monthly Inspection of T2 Treadmill System
  • Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Brine Filter Changeout
  • MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops / Communications System
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup and Activation
  • DRAGON. Transfers
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 3102
  • Robotic Work Station (RWS), Display and Control Panel (DCP) Checkout
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Data Export
  • Crew Onboard Training (OBT), Self-Assessment Questionnaire
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware stowage
  • HABIT Data Recording to iPad
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Physical Fitness Evaluation (on the treadmill) r/g 3082
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • VIABLE. Bag preparation for return and photography
  • Countermeasures System (CMS), Sprint Exercise, Optional
  • On MCC Go Closeout ops with Komparus
  • Gathering Tools for IDA Installation
  • Relocating PBAs for upcoming EVA
  • Video Footage of Greetings / r/g 3107
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Buffer Container (BC) Changeout

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • MSS ops
  • ORU sensor R&R support
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 08/18: EVA procedures review/tool config/Equipment Lock prep, Mouse Epigenetics cage maintenance
  • Friday, 08/19: IDA2 EVA
  • Saturday, 08/20: Post EVA cleanup activities, EVA debrief, Heart Cells media change, Mouse cage maintenance, CMO OBT

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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