ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/29/2016

Fluid Shifts – Baseline Imaging: The first of three 49Soyuz subjects performed their Baseline Imaging measurements with assistance from both onboard operators and ground remote guiders.  Ultrasound imaging was taken of arterial and venous measures of the head and neck, cardiac, ophthalmic and portal vein, and tissue thickness of lower and upper body. Additional measurements using the Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), ESA’s Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Device, and Intraocular Pressure (IOP) using the tonometer were taken as well. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Optics Bench Configuration, Part 2: The crew continued the preparation for the Cool Flames Investigation (CFI) experiment by completing the reconfiguration and installation of the Optics Bench on the CIR.  The Hi Bit-depth Multi-Spectral (HiBMS) Imaging packages on Universal Mounting Locations 7 and 8 (ULM7 & ULM8). Ground teams are still evaluating how to remove the stuck FLame EXtinguishment (FLEX)-2 Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) trapped within the Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) of the CIR.  Once removed the MDCA will be reconfigured for CFI. CFI provides new insight into the phenomenon where some types of fuels initially burn very hot, then appear to go out — but they continue burning at a much lower temperature, with no visible flames (cool flames). Understanding cool flame combustion helps scientists develop new engines and fuels that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

ISS Safety Video Survey:  The crew recorded video of the interior volume of the ISS to allow ground teams to assess the current vehicle configuration and identify any safety concern. This survey is performed approximately every 6 months to identify ventilation blockage, flammability hazards, verify emergency egress paths, and confirm access to fire ports and safety equipment.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Conductivity Test: Today, the crew tested the conductivity of water samples obtained earlier this week from EMU 3008.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  The crew continued with preparations for the Battery Upgrade EVA. Today, the crew utilized Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software to review the translation paths during the upcoming EVAs, followed by a conference with ground specialists to answer any questions. Ground teams continue to monitor the discharge of the Channel 3A batteries.  The first of the two EVAs to replace the Channel 1A/3A batteries is scheduled Friday, January 9th. 

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Last night ground specialist powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body and Arm1 in order to grasp Robot Micro Conical Tool 2 (RMCT2) in the SPDM Tool Holder Assembly (THA).  SPDM Arm1 was then powered down and powered up back again and the Robotics Ground Controllers confirmed that the SPDM Orbital Replaceable Unit (ORU) Tool Changeout Mechanism 1 (OTCM1) Payload Status was still Secure.  This verified that the SPDM software update uplinked overnight corrected the anomaly where after power up of a loaded OTCM it no longer had a Payload Status of Secure.  RMCT2 was then released and SPDM Arm1 and the SPDM Body were then reconfigured for the start of the Battery replacement operations scheduled to start on GMT 366.  MSS performance today was nominal. 

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

  • Combustion Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • Fluid Shifts Urine Collection Stow
  • Hardware Setup and Connection for TV Greetings in MPEG2 via Ku-band.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Configuration 2
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Setup
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event using MPEG
  • Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject
  • Fluid Shifts CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Don – Subject
  • Deactivation of КСПЭ Hardware and Closing Applications on the Central Post SSC after the TV Session
  • Hardware Prep for Spacesuit #5 Functionality Check.
  • Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Baseline Scan – Subject
  • Spacesuit #5 Activation.
  • PELIKAN. FSS Batteries Charge (start)
  • Degassing of Spacesuit #5 Water System, [КВО] LCG and БСС interface unit in ПхО.
  • Partial Pressure СО check on the Central Post with CSA-CP 
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Leak Check of Spacesuit #5 Secondary Bladder.
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Test – Subject
  • Leak Check of Spacesuit #5, Onboard Interface Unit (БСС), and Spacesuit Valves.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Translation In
  • PELIKAN. Observation and Photography using FSS Hardware
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Exam – Subject
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Configuration 3
  • Fluid Shifts DPOAE Baseline Test – Subject
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Stow
  • Spacesuit #5 Prep for telemetry checks.
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Setup
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • Cleaning of the Screen of Fan Unit with Heater (БВН) in Soyuz 732
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Exam – Operator
  • ИП-1 Sensors Deployment Monitoring
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Exam – Subject
  • Fluid Shifts CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Doff Alternate – Subject
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Stow
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
  • COSMOCARD. Closeout Operations
  • Comm Setup and Transit-B Activation
  • Packed Bed Reactor Experiment Lab Video Setup
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • Photo and Video of Life on the ISS
  • Checking the Systems of Spacesuit #5, БСС, and Comm Assets
  • Restoration of Nominal Comm Config
  • Switching Spacesuit #5 and БСС to Stow Mode.
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
  • Hardware Restow after Spacesuit #5 Check
  • Soyuz 732 Samsung Tablet Charging (if the charge is less than 80%)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
  • Packed Bed Reactor Experiment Lab Video Return
  • Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE
  • Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test
  • Finish Soyuz 732 Samsung Tablet Charging

Completed Task List Items

  • Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
  • EVA Service and Cooling Umbilical Route
  • JEMRMS Bus Monitor cable Setup.

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • N2 Distribution System Leak Check 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 12/30: Fluid Shifts, Ultrasound/Ocular Health, EVA Equipment Lock prep/on-orbit fit check
  • Saturday, 12/31:  Crew off duty, Housekeeping
  • Sunday, 01/01: 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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