ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/05/2017

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Universal Docking Port (UDP): The crew completed a test run for the SPHERES UDP payload. They loaded the test software and performed the session with ground support staff direction. Objectives of the UDP session are to demonstrate a reliably successful docking through running multiple, repeatable docking maneuvers using both global metrology and docking port cameras; perform joint maneuvers of docked satellites using the thrusters from two satellites to demonstrate controllability; and test an algorithm for docking to a satellite which is tumbling in a slow, known manner. The addition of the Docking Ports is a critical upgrade to the SPHERES facility aboard the ISS. With the new ability to dock and undock, SPHERES provides a test bed to address many of the challenges of combining autonomous spacecraft. Mated spacecraft can assemble complex systems in orbit or combine sensors and actuators for satellite servicing and repurposing missions. The SPHERES-UDP enables testing of complex tasks through optimal and adaptive control, autonomous decision-making processes, and real-time image processing.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Holder Exchange: The crew performed the first of two days of operations in support of the JAXA ELF Sample exchanges in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack-2 (MSPR2) facility.  They removed the sample holder and installed the new cartridge into the holder. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate/melt/solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved. 

Story Time From Space Light Demo: The crew narrated and recorded a video to demonstrate the spectrum of the light from the sun and the attenuation of the light intensity as the sun is viewed through the atmosphere. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related childrens’ books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials. The narrated demonstration is based on the childrens’ books Max Goes to Mars, The Wizard Who Saved the World, and Max Goes to Jupiter.

Multi-Omics Mouse Preparations: In preparation for the JAXA Rodent Research experiment hardware launching on SpaceX-11 (SpX-11), the crew installed the Glove Box Panel on the Kobairo Rack front in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). Following installation, the attachment points for the Working Table were marked with Kapton tape for easier operations on SpX-11. 

In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Overhead Cleaning: In preparation for departure from the ISS next week, the CDR cleaned his CQ intake and exhaust ducts as well as fans and airflow sensors while targeting areas behind applicable panels.  

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: During today’s post Extravehicular Activity (EVA) EMU suit maintenance, a step to switch the suits to battery power from Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) power was missed. While powering up for a cooling loop scrub, both EMU 3006 and 3008 were configured for station power during the power up sequence rather than battery power. Powering EMUs from battery power is to protect from power spikes that may occur when the DC to DC converter is powered. During the activity, there were no DC-DC converter trips, no EMU current limiter trips and nominal suit data was observed immediately after power up on both suits. Ground teams are evaluating further for any unknown impacts.  The cooling loop scrub was completed with no further issues.

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

  • Columbus Module Light Unit 3 Lamp Housing Assembly Remove and Replace.
  • Test video recording for RT TV channel
  • Prep of personal data for return
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Reminder
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample. Psychological Test
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • SPHERES Battery Swap
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Removal
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 2
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Indicator Position
  • BIOCARD. Experiment Ops.
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Holder Removal
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Test
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Cartridge 2 Install
  • OTKLIK. OTKLIK memory buffer clearing
  • MERLIN 2 Desiccant Swap
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) EpiPen Ziplock Modification
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Pre-Multi-Omics Mouse Item Gathering
  • Glove Box Panel Setup and Working Table position marking
  • SPHERES Battery Stow
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Setup
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Copy Data to Laptop
  • Export MBI Experiment Data to a memory card for return
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Preparations to connect the AstroPi Vis to the ISS Joint Station LAN.
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
  • SPHERES File Delete
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Stow Operation
  • AstroPi status check
  • SPHERES Test Session Setup
  • Cycle 14.1 Laptop & CD Audit
  • EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
  • Google Street View Cupola Photo Operations
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Overhead Cleaning
  • On MCC Go Removal of unit 800А (А103)
  • Replacement of SM 800А Battery Modules No.2, No.3, Operator
  • StoryTime from Space GoPro video transfer
  • Story Time from Space Light Demo
  • On MCC Go Removal of 800А unit (А102)
  • Replacement of SM 800А Battery Modules No.2, No.3, Operator
  • SPHERES Docking Port Test Run
  • Story Time From Space Historical Photo
  • Meteor Hard Drive Swap and LED Cover
  • Reinstallation of unit 800А from position А102 to А103
  • Replacement of SM 800А Battery Modules No.2, No.3, Operator
  • Reinstallation of unit 800А from position А103 to А102
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Samples Collection
  • EarthKAM Node 2 Lens Change-Russian

Completed Task List Items

  • SPHERES Tank Audit

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • EMU Loop Scrub support
  • CQ cleaning support

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 04/06: Galley PWD install, OA-7 trash pre-gather, ELF sample removal
  • Friday, 04/07: Crew off duty, housekeeping
  • Saturday, 04/08: 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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