ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/21/2016

Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber Adapter Plate Attachment: FE-5 installed the Combustion Chamber adapter plate in the MSPR Work Volume.  Next week, the crew will be installing and with ground support, initiating the Group Combustion experiment. The Group Combustion investigation tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack in the Kibo module, droplets of decane, a component of gasoline or kerosene, are arranged randomly on thin-fiber lattice points, and the flame and droplet positions and temperature distribution are measured as the flame spreads. Microgravity blocks convection, which on Earth would quickly disperse the droplets and combustion products before such measurements could be made.

Personal Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitor: FE-6 donned four Personal CO2 Monitors, wearing them for several hours attached to various locations on the crew’s clothes.  The crewmember then doffed the monitors, downloaded the data, powered off and stowed the monitors.  The Personal CO2 Monitor demonstrates a new capability to continuously monitor the astronauts’ immediate surroundings on the ISS.  All human spacecraft must be designed with environmental control systems that remove CO2 from the air that their crews breathe, but the space environment can still lead to “pockets” of CO2 that are difficult to detect and remove. The Personal CO2 Monitor demonstrates a system capable of unobtrusively collecting and downlinking individual crew members’ CO2 exposure for weeks to months.  The Personal CO2 Monitor also demonstrates Modular Wearable Architecture Base Board, allowing rapid certification of future wearable devices. 

Story Time From Space: FE-6 was scheduled to record a demonstration using a balance scale to show how a balance can be used to compare mass in a free-fall/microgravity environment.  The setup of the activity ran longer than expected, and the crew will perform the actual experiment in the morning.  Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials.

Eye Exams:  FE-5 and FE-6 assisted each other in performing routine eye exams using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and fundoscopy hardware. OCT is used to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer, and the fundoscope is used to obtain images of the retinal surface.  

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • In Flight Maintenance Starboard Crew Quarters Light Installation
  • JAXA Video Taking Part 6
  • JEM OA-5 Trash Preparation
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
  • EHS Carbon Dioxide Monitor Data Download
  • Biochemical urine test
  • Regenegation of Micropurification unit (БМП) Ф2 cartridge (begin)
  • Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
  • Multi Omics FOS Preparation
  • Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
  • PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber Adapter Plate Attachment.
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
  • Manufacturing Device Velcro Attach
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Coliform Water Sample Analysis
  • Crew Arrival Prep
  • PILOT-Т. Closeout
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Setup
  • Filling ЕДВ (KOВ) for Elektron
  • Story Time from Space Balance Demonstration
  • Story Time From Space  Historical Photo
  • Clean Bench (CB) Valve Checkout (Deferred)
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System O2 Repress Part 1
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT Exam
  • Cleaning of ЦВ1 circulation fan mesh screen
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Stow
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Crew Survey
  • Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System O2 Repress Part 2
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Eye Exam – Fundoscope
  • SPLANH. Preparation for experiment
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) CMO – Fundoscope
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow

Completed Task List Items

  • Node 1 Dragon Unpack
  • EVA Tool Stow Part 4 (Active)

Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

  • PCA Repress from NORS O2 Tank
  • BEAM SSC software update
  • TRRJ Survey 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 09/22: Ultrasound Scan, Water Hydraulics Components R&R, MMS sample, Increment 48 Safety Video Follow-Up
  • Friday, 09/23: Plant RNA, Cubesat Deployer Removal from MPEP, HRF Resupply, Lab MCA Pumpdown
  • Saturday, 09/24: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty

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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