ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/31/2018

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) SmoothNav: The crew set up the SPHERES work area to activate and check out the hardware and EXPRESS laptop computer (ELC) before conducting the SmoothNav experiment run. SmoothNav develops an estimation algorithm aggregating relative state measurements between multiple, small, and potentially differently instrumented spacecraft. The algorithm obtains the most probable estimate of the relative positions and velocities between all spacecraft using all available sensor information, including past measurements. The algorithm remains portable between different satellite platforms with different onboard sensors, adaptable in the case that one or more satellites become inoperable, and tolerant to delayed measurements or measurements received at different frequencies.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Configuration Change: The crew changed the configuration of the CBEF and cleaned the inside of the incubator unit to prepare the facility for the Mouse Stress Defense investigation arriving on SpaceX-14. The CBEF is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sub-rack facility located in the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack. The CBEF is used in various life science experiments, such as cultivating cells and plants in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and consists of an incubator and control equipment for control and communications.

Tropical Cyclone: The crew configured the camera settings in the Cupola to take untended images of the Category 4 Typhoon Cebile in the Southern Indian Ocean. The Tropical Cyclone investigation captures images of tropical cyclones and hurricanes that are rated at Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson scale. A pseudo-stereoscopic method is used to determine the altitudes of the cloud tops near the center (eye) of a cyclone by precisely tracking the apparent positions of cloud features with respect to the Earth and how those positions change over time as an observer (the ISS in this case) passes over the storm. The photographic images will be used to demonstrate that pseudo-spectroscopy can be used to measure the cloud altitudes to sufficient precision so that, when combined with other remote-sensing data, an accurate determination of the intensity of hurricane or cyclone can be made. 

Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Water Sampling:  Today the crew sampled fluid from the ITCS for return and analysis on the ground.  This is regularly scheduled preventive maintenance to verify health of the ITCS.

Eye exams:  The crew completed routine OCT and Fundoscope eye exams today.  Eye exams are performed regularly onboard in order to monitor crewmembers eye health.  Eyesight is one of the many aspects of the human body that is affected by long-duration stays in a microgravity environment. 

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Tropical Cyclone Untended Operations
  • Tropical Cyclone Hardware Closeout
  • OCT Laptop Ethernet Cable Swap
  • Columbus ITCS water sample  using Columbus Coolant Fluid Servicer for Return to Ground
  • Preparing comm assets for EVA Training
  • Air Duct Disassembly in DC1 before Training (without removal of В3 fan)
  • Retrieve ECOM Adapter for RS EVA 44 use.
  • Orlan MKS No.4 Systems Checkout during pre-EVA Training
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect
  • JEM System Laptop Terminal Reboot
  • COL1D1 FWD cargo restore.
  • Orlan Interface Unit (БСС) Check in DC1.
  • SPHERES Crew Conference
  • Donning Gear
  • SPHERES Test Session Setup
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Configuration Change
  • Comm check and medical parameter check
  • Orlan Systems и БСС Checkout during pre-EVA training
  • Entry into Orlan No.4, No.6, and sealing off backpacks
  • Suited Pre-EVA training – Assistance
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Processing
  • Orlan Suit and Orlan Interface Unit (БСС) Controls Check
  • Orlan and БСС preliminary leak check
  • Orlan Fit Check at Suit Pressure = 0.4
  • JEM Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Sample Collection
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Wipe Previous to Mouse breed
  • Suited Exercise Dry Run in Orlan-MKS No.4 and Orlan-MK No.6.
  • COL1O3 Hardware Relocate
  • Exit Orlan
  • COL1O4 HRF Hardware Relocate
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Fixation Fastener Repair
  • Reconfig comm assets after EVA Training
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Setup
  • SPHERES VERTIGO Test Session Run
  • Post-exercise cleanup, air duct assembly
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Exam
  • Installation of Orlan-MKS No.4 ORUs for before EVA
  • Installation of Orlan-MK No.6 ORUs before EVA
  • БК-3М oxygen tank replacement
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Stow
  • Installation of GoPro 360 camera No.1 on the H/R inside DC1
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
  • Node 3 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Sample Collection
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain Part 2
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Eye Exam – Fundoscope
  • SPHERES USB Download
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow

Completed Task List Activities

  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 5 and 23 Swap

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Standard commanding.

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 02/01:  EMU loop scrubs, CIR bottle R&R, eye exams
  • Friday, 02/02:  JPM rack swap, Russian EVA
  • Saturday, 02/03:  Housekeeping, 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

Full Up

Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3