ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/22/2016

Sarcolab-3 Deconfigure and Stow: After successful completion of the Flight Day (FD) 30-60 sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, the crew deconfigured and stowed the Muscle Atrophy Research & Exercise System (MARES). Later today, the crew will verify and downlink the data and stow the remaining ancillary Sarcolab-3 hardware. The next session will be in the FD 30-60 window. Myotendinous and Neuromuscular Adaptation to Long-term Spaceflight (Sarcolab) investigates the adaptation and deterioration of the soleus, or calf muscle, where it joins the Achilles tendon which links it to the heel and carries loads from the entire body. Muscle fiber samples are taken from crew members before and after flight and analyzed for changes in structural and chemical properties. MRI and ultrasound tests and electrode stimulation are conducted to help assess muscle and tendon changes caused by microgravity exposure.

Japanese-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) Exchange: On Monday, the satellite housed in J-SSOD #5 was successfully deployed and the launcher was returned to the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table.  Today, the crew removed J-SSOD #5 and installed J-SSOD #6, the first Enhanced J-SSOD which is able to launch twice the satellites when compared to previous deployers.  J-SSOD #6 will deploy the following experiments:

  • AOBA-Velox-III (2U): A demonstration of Pulsed Plasma Thruster
  • TuPOD (3U): Deployment of two CubeSat daughter satellites
  • EGG (3U): Demonstration to unfold a toroidal inflable structure for aeroshells
  • ITF-2 (1U): Builds a network for people using satellite data
  • FREEDOM (1U): Demonstrate a de-orbit devices using a thin-film unfolding mechanism in space
  • WASEDA-SAT3 (1U): Image projection on the surface of a drag chute with a micro-projector

Manufacturing Device: With ground support, the crew was able to recover the Manufacturing Device capability.  The crew was able to trim the printing filament to prevent jamming then they reinstalled the canister into the 3-D printer.  Ground teams report that the Manufacturing Device is ready for printing operations.  Manufacturing Device consists of the Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF), a permanent manufacturing facility on the ISS, providing hardware manufacturing services. The ability to manufacture on the ISS enables on-demand repair and production capability, as well as essential research for manufacturing on long-term missions. AMF allows for immediate repair of essential components, upgrades of existing hardware, installation of new hardware that is manufactured, and the manufacturing capability to support commercial interests on the ISS.

Advanced Colloids Experiment Temperature Control-1 (ACE-T-1) Module Installation: On Tuesday, the crew successfully replaced the failed Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Image Processing and Storage Unit (IPSU).  Today, the crew replaced the ACE-T-1 module with the next experiment module that was flown up on HTV-6.  ACE-T-1 studies tiny suspended particles which have been designed by scientists to connect themselves in a specific way to form organized structures within water. The particles that were flown on HTV-6 are cylindrical in shape, versus bullet-shaped as the previous ACE-T-1 module investigated.  Materials having complex structures and unique properties potentially can be made with more knowledge of how these particles are joined together and the conditions which control their behaviors. FIR is a complementary fluid physics research facility designed to host investigations in areas such as colloids, gels, bubbles, wetting and capillary action, and phase changes, including boiling and cooling. 

Aerosol Sampling: Today was the fourth of five Active Aerosol Sampler (AAS) deployments.  The samplers were placed in the LAB and Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) near the deployed Passive Samplers. The LAB location was chosen to capture particle samples for a “typical” day, to compare with a LAB sampling session performed on December 8.  The PMM location was chosen to capture particle samples in a “low people traffic” area, i.e. stowage. The battery powered AAS, actively pulls in air and collects particles using the principal of thermophoresis. This is accomplished by flowing the sampled air through a large thermal gradient in a narrow channel. During this process, particles are driven to the cold side of the channel, where an electron microscope (EM) grid is held in place by a tiny magnet. When returned to Earth, these grids are easily removed and placed directly in the EM for analysis.

Node 1 (N1) Galley Rack Operations: The crew completed steps to provide Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) utilities to the N1 Galley Rack. They routed ITCS Jumpers from the N1 Forward Port Alcove into, and along, the Deck Port Standoff area to the Utility Interface Panel on the rack which will provide Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) cooling to the rack. Per the plan, no connections were made to the Galley Rack or Node 1 Forward Port Alcove QDs which will be planned in the future. 

H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Cargo Operations: The crew has unloaded all cargo from the vehicle. They are now ready to load the vehicle. 

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

  • Crew Evaluation of New Food Items
  • Video Footage of Greetings
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • PAO hardware setup
  • Personal CO2 Monitor iPad Application Restart
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • Aerosol Samplers Battery Charge
  • TV conference  Russian Father Frost Greetings to the ISS Crew (S + Ku-band)
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • SARCOLAB. PL and Laptop Activation
  • Measuring Partial CO Pressure at RS Central Post using US portable CSA-CP analyzer
  • Audit of Docking and Internal Transfer System (ССВП) Items
  • SARCOLAB. Initiate Battery Discharge
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment
  • Manufacturing Device Filament Trim.
  • SARCOLAB. Removing MARES knee mechanisms
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • HRF2 Supply Kit Inventory
  • PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment
  • MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops
  • Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run
  • Galley Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Jumper Installation
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
  • Story Time Too Much of a Good Thing Read
  • MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – ESA Nutritional Assessment
  • KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Copying data to removable hard drive
  • Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 and IMS updates
  • Fluid Shifts Dilution Measures Reference Material Review
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Fluid Shifts Dilution Measures Setup
  • SSOD MLI removal from Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform
  • SSOD One Deployer onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Removal
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
  • Aerosol Active Samplers Hardware Installation
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • JEM SSOD Multi – 4 Deployers onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 1
  • SARCOLAB. Battery Discharge Status
  • Inspection of SM space behind panels for contamination
  • В3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2
  • SARCOLAB. Columbus – Stowage
  • LMM ACE-T1 Module Changeout
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • SARCOLAB. Files transfer verification and shutdown
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
  • VEG-03 Plant Photo
  • Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
  • CIR Endoscope Handover
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Doff
  • Russian Endoscope (PCE-VE-330) Charging Initiate.
  • SARCOLAB. PEMS and EMG Stowage
  • PAO HD Config LAB Setup
  • PAO Preparation
  • PAO Event in HD – Lab
  • SARCOLAB. EPM Laptop relocation for file downlink prep
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Photo Equipment Cleaning Set Audit
  • PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
  • MARES disconnection and stowage
  • EMU LLB Charge Terminate
  • SARCOLAB. Hardware Stowage Assistance
  • EMU LLB Charge Initiate
  • Delta file prep
  • BSA Operation Termination
  • ЭА025М ЗУ2Б (А56) R&R Prep in FGB
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • REBA Installation
  • Russian Endoscope (PCE-VE-330) Charging Terminate.

Completed Task List Items

  • Holter swap
  • TOCA WRS data record
  • EVA CLPA IVA unpack
  • PBRE test module exchange

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Galley rack ops support

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 12/23: EVA loop scrub/water conductivity test, VEG03, Galley rack data cable install, Fluid Shifts
  • Saturday, 12/24: Crew off duty, housekeeping
  • Sunday, 12/25: 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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