ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/02/2016

Group Combustion Leak Check: CDR retrieved the Combustion Chamber from the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Work Volume and installed a top plate on the Combustion Chamber.  The crew then installed a gas bottles and air supply lines to configure for a leak check.  Ground specialists are focusing the leak check on the Group Combustion quick disconnect and seals. 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.

Veg-03 Operations: Today, CDR thinned out the plants in the Veggie facility to promote growth of the larger plants.  The crew then watered the plant pillows. The overall goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows using ‘Outregous’ Red Romaine lettuce.  Future long-duration missions into the solar system, will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which means growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments, but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and ISS made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the new Veggie hardware, which crew members will soon use to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables in space. Tests determine which types of microorganisms are present in space-grown cabbage, providing baseline data for future crop-growing efforts.  Behavioral health surveys assess the impact of growing plants on crew morale and mood.

Meteor Operations: CDR changed out the hard drive and diffraction grating on the Meteor camera located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).  The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Reboost:  Last night the ISS performed a reboost using the SM main engines. The purpose of the reboost was to finalize the planned conditions for the upcoming launches of 49S on 17-November 17 and 65P on 01-December. 

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

  • Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Removal
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry preparation for and measurement session
  • Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Cartridge (start)
  • Meteor Shutter Open
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Retrieval.
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • TV-Conference with the Participants of the Russian Engineering Festival
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • 24-hour ECG Recording (start)
  • Combustion Chamber (CC) Top Plate Attachment
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Installation
  • CONTURE-2. Installation of SW on RSK2 Laptop for Conture-2 Experiment on the RS.
  • 24-hour Blood Pressure Recording (start)
  • CONTURE-2. Experiment (Session 1).
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Leak Trouble Shoot part 2
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • CONTURE-2 Experiment (Session 2).
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS)
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • VEG-03 Plant Thin
  • VEG-03 Plant Pillow Prime.
  • CONTURE-2. De-installation of master arm with adapter from panel 418
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure Algometry Measurement Ops
  • Familiarization with Auxiliary Computer System
  • Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ. Fill ЕДВ (КОВ) No.1242 from ЕДВ No.1233
  • METEOR Grating Configuration
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops.
  • Video Footage of Greetings
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Stow
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurement Session. Closeout Ops
  • Regeneration Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Absorption Cartridge (end)

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • SSRMS Power Up and Maneuver to Park Position
  • P4 IEA Survey

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 11/04: Cygnus cargo transfer, HRF blood collection setup,
  • Friday, 11/05: HRF centrifuge setup & blood collection/stow, Recycle tank drain to EDV, Cygnus cargo transfer
  • Saturday, 11/06: Weekly Housekeeping 

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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