ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/18/2016

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Launch:  The Cygnus spacecraft successfully launched from Wallops Island, Virginia atop an Antares rocket on Monday at 6:45pm CDT. The spacecraft will loiter until after 48S docking, scheduled for Friday, October 21st. Cygnus approach, capture, and berthing will occur on Sunday, 23-October. Cygnus will be delivering approximately 2,400 kg of pressurized cargo to the ISS.

RapidScat Troubleshooting:  On Friday, August 19, 2016 (GMT 232), the Columbus Module experienced a power anomaly where Power Distribution Unit 1 (PDU-1) and a subset of the loads on PDU-1 lost power.  Several pieces of equipment were affected, in particular RapidScat operational power, was lost.  After successful re-activation of Outlet 3, RapidScat could not be activated and follow up troubleshooting was also unsuccessful.   To recover power to the SOLAR payload the crew manually reconfigured the Payload Power Switching Box (PPSB) – Starboard Deck X-Direction (SDX) Switch 1 in order to isolate RapidScat from the circuit.  The outlet was then successfully reactivated with power to SOLAR and the source of the trips as isolated to RapidScat’s SDX site.  This morning FE-5 and ground teams attempted to activate PDU1 Outlet 3 with RapidScat as the sole external payload on the circuit to further troubleshoot the RapidScat issues.  During this morning’s attempt to repower RapidScat there was another Overcurrent Trip, which ended the troubleshooting steps for the day.  Ground teams have returned system back to the configuration prior to the troubleshooting.

Biological Rhythms 48-Hour Collection: FE-5 concluded the 48-hour data collection session this morning, doffing the Cardiolab Holter Harness and Actiwatch, then saved the data from the two devices for ground teams to download and review.  Biological Rhythms 48 hours is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) experiment that studies the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut’s electrocardiogram for 48 hours.

Cardio Ox Ultrasound: With scanning assistance from FE-6 and ground remote guidance specialists, FE-5 performed the Return minus 15 day (R-15) Cardio Ox ultrasound session.  Prior to scanning, FE-5 donned Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes, marked the Carotid and Brachial arteries to make locating them easier. The goal of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts.

Water Monitoring Suite (WMS): FE-6 configured the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) then the WMS’s Microbial Monitoring System (MMS) to test ISS unfiltered water from a Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) sample collection taken earlier in the day.  The two test runs were performed first using a low Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) concentration pouch and the second using a high DNA concentration pouch. The WMS is a set of hardware that monitors microbes, silica and organic material in the water supply on the ISS. The hardware ensures crew members can test and monitor the safety of their water supplies on future space missions, especially on long-duration missions to Mars, asteroids or other destinations where Earth-based testing would be difficult or impossible. 

Cardiac and Vessel Structure and Function with Long-Duration Space Flight and Recovery (Vascular Echo) Doppler Measurements: FE-5 configured the Cardiolab Portable Doppler (CDL PDOP) then donned the PDOP femoral probe.  The crew performed two data collection sessions, each after a 1-minute light exercise session.  The Vascular Echo experiment investigates the stiffening of the arteries and increased blood pressure (hypertension) observed in some returning ISS crewmembers.  By observing the changes in blood vessels, and the heart, while the crew members are in space and following their recovery on return to Earth, investigators hope to provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crew member health, and quality of life.

NanoRacks File Transfer Test: Ground controllers activated the NanoRacks Plate Reader 2 and successfully tested a file transfer capability to the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) facility.  This capability will be used for the NanoRacks Charge-Injection Device (CID) currently slated for launch on HTV-6. 

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

  • МОРЗЭ Evaluation using SPRUT-2
  • Crew reconfigures the SDN & SOZ switches on PPSB 1
  • Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect
  • Biological Rhythms 48 Holter data Save
  • МОРЗЭ Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Cardio Ox Ultrasound Scan
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis
  • МОРЗЭ Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Cattell’s Test
  • Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement – Subject
  • Microbial Capture Devices (MCD) and Coliform Water Processing
  • МОРЗЭ Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test
  • Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Doff – Subject
  • Biological Rhythms 48 Actiwatch Save
  • МОРЗЭ Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Crew reconfigures the SDX switch on PPSB 1
  • МОРЗЭ. Closeout Ops
  • Collecting atmospheric condensate samples [КАВ] from [СРВ-К2М] up to Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) to Russian Samplers, terminate
  • Sampling atmospheric condensate [КАВ] up to СРВ-К2М БКО (Water Purification Column Unit), configuration set up, sampler installation (drink bag)
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Microbial Monitoring System Hardware Gather
  • Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preperation
  • Vascular Echo Exercise PDOP Measurement – Subject
  • Sampling atmospheric condensate [КАВ] up to БКО СРВ-К2М, Sampler changeout (drink bag)
  • Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Microbial Monitoring System Sample
  • Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup
  • Microbial Monitoring System Data Transfer
  • Sampling atmospheric condensate [КАВ] up to БКО СРВК-2М, sampler (drink bag) removal, configuration teardown
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Stow

Completed Task List Items

  • Biomolecule Sequencer MELFI Retrieve 1 & 2
  • Biomolecule Sequencer Sample Initialization

Ground Activities
All activities were performed unless otherwise noted.

  • Lab MCA Full Calibration

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 10/19: 47S Return Preps, 48S Launch, MDCA Hose Replace
  • Thursday, 10/20: Off Duty
  • Friday, 10/21: 48S Docking

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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