ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/21/2017

Preparation for Dragon Arrival:  Dragon successfully lifted off on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida Sunday 19-February at 8:39 am CST.  Today Dragon will continue to phase towards the ISS for a planned capture on Wednesday 22-February at approximately 5:00 am CST.  Onboard the ISS the USOS crew participated in a Dragon cargo transfer conference with ground specialist. 

Miniature Exercise Device (MED-2): The crew was unable to locate the one-of-a-kind power cable and stood down from MED-2 technical evaluation operations while ground teams investigated the potential locations. The crew was able to provide input for potential placement of cameras for future MED-2 exercise investigations. The microgravity environment of space weakens muscle and bone, so orbiting crew members spend significant amounts of time exercising. The ISS’s exercise equipment is large and bulky, while the MED-2 aims to demonstrate small robotic actuators can provide motion and resistance for crew workout sessions, reducing the size and weight of exercise equipment for long-duration space missions. The MED-2 investigation is a system to test key technologies needed to develop space based exercise equipment that may provide appropriate countermeasures to the adverse effects of microgravity. This technology is critical for the initial design and development of second and third generation Counter Measure Systems (CMS) hardware that is an order of magnitude lighter and smaller than existing ISS class of CMS hardware and that has significantly greater reliability.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tag Installation and Calibration: Last week the crew installed the RFID antennas around the hatchways of the US Lab, Node 1 and Node 2, which are continuously scanning to measure the RFID tags that are transported through the hatchways and modules.  Today the crew installed 16 marker tags in each the US Lab, Node 1 and Node 2 in a roughly uniform distribution throughout the module.  The crew then performed a calibration by attaching an RFID tag to a video camera.  They then translated through the three modules at different rates of speed.  Ground teams will then take the time-tagged video data and RFID collected data to calibrate the antennas. The RFID Logistics experiment aims to utilize RFID enabled tags on hardware throughout the ISS, and assist in the tracking of the hardware as it is moved around the station.  

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Camera Cover Removal: The crew translated and rotated the CIR Optics Bench in order to access the Intensified Camera Package. They uninstalled the camera at Universal Mounting Location-2 (UML-2) at the back of the Optics Bench and removed the CIR Soft Window cover. The Intensified Camera Package was reinstalled and Optics Bench rotated back into position. During a ground checkout on February 10, teams were unable to complete a calibration of the camera packages for the Cool Flames Experiment.  After investigation by ground specialists it was determined that the Window Cover was still attached. Teams will resume checkout and calibration activities of thee CIR for the Cool Flames experiment following today’s completed activities.  The Cool Flames Investigation will provide 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.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) Exchange: The crew changed out the SCA in the Solidification Quenching Furnace (SQF), removing the calibration cartridge and inserting the first test sample. Ground teams will initiate the runs next week. The Batch-2b of the Materials Science Laboratory Sample Cartridge Assemblies serves two projects investigating how different phases organize in a structure when metallic alloys are solidified. The project Metastable Solidification of Composites (METCOMP) studies the phase formed by the reaction of the remaining liquid phase with an already formed solid, to form a second solid phase on cooling. For this purpose, Bronze (Copper-Tin Alloys) of different compositions will be processed. The other project, Solidification along a Eutectic path in Ternary Alloys (SETA), looks at how two phases that form together organize into lamellar, or fiber, structures when cooling Aluminum (Copper-Silver Alloys). Both projects will provide benchmark samples that will enable to test numerical models that aim to predict these structures. 

Lighting Effects Vision Test: The crew performed a Visual Performance Test in which they configured the Solid State Lighting Assembly (SSLA) in their Crew Quarters (CQ) to the correct mode, turning off all other light sources, then performed one Numerical Verification Test and one Color Discrimination Test. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

Microscope Setup: In support of the Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) payload to be delivered by SpX-10 the crew configured a microscope outside the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). MESC will aid researches determine the efficiency of using a microgravity environment to accelerate expansion (replication) of stem cells for use in terrestrial clinical trials for treatment of disease.

Haptics-2: During today’s Haptics-2 experiment the 1-Degree of Freedom (1-DOF) joystick failed.  No resistance was felt when moving the handle without pressing the yellow activation button. When the crew pressed the activation button and moved the joystick an off-nominal mechanical/electrical sound was heard, suggesting a possible mechanical failure. Teams decided to stand down for operations and downlink the log files to investigate the issue. Haptics-2 is a technology demonstration experiment aimed at validating control interactions to take place between space and ground. In particular, this experiment allows for an astronaut crew in space to control, in real-time, robotic assets on Earth, using force feedback. The operational experience gained from Haptics-2 could be vital for future exploration missions beyond Earth orbit, where astronauts would be able to control robotic assets to maximize scientific operations on Mars, asteroids, and other exploration targets.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) Routine Maintenance:  The crew performed a change out of the WHC UR and insert filter. After replacement, a functionality test of the WHC was successfully performed.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Rope Replace: As part of routine maintenance, the crew replaced both ARED cable arm ropes.

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

  • HEMATOKRIT. Determining hematokrit number
  • HEMATOKRIT Equipment Stowage
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • EML High Speed Camera Lens Switch
  • ESA Monthly Management Conference
  • MERLIN 2 Desiccant Swap
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops
  • Lighting Effects Visual Performance Tests Light Setting – Subject
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Hardware Gather
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Marker Tag Installation Node 1
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Marker Tag Installation in US Lab
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Marker Tag Installation in Node2
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Calibration Test
  • Miniature Exercise Device Hardware Checkout [Paused]
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • ISS HAM Video Power Down
  • Haptics-2 Setup for Operations
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Translation Out
  • RELAXATSIYA. Hardware setup.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Camera Cover Removal
  • Haptics-2 Protocol B Operations
  • RELAXATSIYA. Parameter settings.
  • Ambient micro-ecosphere monitoring. Register results per Habitat 2 (Т0+7days) and downlink
  • RELAXATSIYA. Observation.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Translation In
  • RELAXATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Teardown
  • HAPTICS-2 Stow
  • Miniature Exercise Device Hardware Gather
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • BIMS. Experiment Ops. Tagup with specialists
  • Miniature Exercise Device Camera Placement
  • PFS Gas Delivery System Portable PFS Photography
  • Ghost camera setup in Cupola
  • Microscope Hardware Setup for MESC
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops
  • ISS HAM Video Power Up
  • MOTOCARD. Assistance during the experiment
  • Material Science Laboratory SCA Exchange2B #6
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
  • Multi Omics FOS Stow
  • RELAXATSIYA. Battery Charging for RELAXATSIYA Experiment (init)

Completed Task List Items

  • KTO Replaced when full.
  • Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training [Completed Monday]
  • Expedition New Earth Video-PROXIMITY [Completed Monday]
  • Expedition New Earth Video-RESUPPLY [Completed Monday]
  • Gather Tools for Inc 50 EVAs [Completed Monday]
  • JLP Cleanup [Completed Monday]
  • Replace the failed LAB1OP5 LHA with a light (SSLA). [Completed Monday]
  • Crew Evaluation of New Food Items [Completed Monday]
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Review [Completed Monday]
  • Columbus Meteron Laptops Stowage [Completed Sunday]
  • Extra Vehicular Activity EMU Resize [Completed Sunday]
  • Google Street View Columbus Photo Operations [Completed Sunday]
  • Google Street View LAB Photo Operations [Completed Sunday]
  • Treadmill 2 (T2) Quarterly Maintenance [Completed Saturday]
  • ISS FIT and iPad Troubleshooting [Completed Saturday]
  • Node 3 Nadir Hatch Seal Inspection [Completed Saturday]
  • RFID Node 2 Hardware Relocate [Completed Saturday]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • N3 MCA Full Calibration
  • CUCU Broadcast Test
  • S-Band string 2 activation
  • Node 2 CBM Prep for Mate
  • Node 2 Nadir ACBM Inspection 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 02/22: 66Progress Launch, Dragon capture and berthing, Dragon/N2 Vestibule outfitting, Node 2 CPA Removal, ARED Arm Cable Replace
  • Thursday, 02/23: Dragon Ingress, Dragon Center Stack transfer, Double Cold Bag unpack, SABLE CO2 Incubator Install, TangoLab-1 card replace, MERLIN3 install, Polar 1 transfer and install, Glacier 3 transfer and install, MESC first microscope ops,
  • Friday, 02/24: 66P Dock, 66P ingress, 66P transfer operations, RR-4 transfer, JEMAL depress

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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