ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/17/2018

Metabolic Tracking (MT): The crew set up the hardware and materials to support two separate sessions of thawing and inoculation today for the MT investigation. They injected the thawed inoculum into multiwell BioCells, and inserted them into a NanoRacks Plate Reader.  Samples were placed into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  The Metabolic Tracking investigation evaluates a rapid, low-cost method for assessing the effects of therapeutic compounds in microgravity. The method contributes to development of custom plans for emergency medical treatment for crew members, using primary tissue samples. This investigation also determines the feasibility of developing improved pharmaceuticals in microgravity using a new method to test the metabolic impacts of drug compounds. This could lead to more effective, less expensive drugs.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile and Repository):  A 53S crewmember collected urine samples for his FD120 sessions of the Biochem Profile and Repository investigations.

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results; which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
  • Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. The repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Space Station Computer (SSC) Printer Deploy: Earlier today, the crew installed the new HP Printer, brought to ISS by SpaceX-14, in the US Lab.  Crew reported excellent print quality from the new printer.  The legacy Epson printer will be kept onboard as a backup unit. 

Integrated Communications Unit (ICU) R4 Software Transition: Yesterday, ground teams redirected Joint Station LAN (JSL) network traffic to KU Communication Unit (KCU) 2 in order to update KCU 2 Kernal 0 with the new R4 Software. Today the crew installed a Gigabit Ethernet cable from KCU 2 to the JSL router and loaded R4 to KCU 2 Kernal 1 while ground teams loaded the new firmware/coefficient files. After the loads were complete, ground teams activated KCU 2. This completes the first part of the ICU R4 software transition.  The second part of the transition, the load of R4 to KCU 1 Kernal 0 and Kernal 1, will be scheduled in about 1 week to allow for testing of the new Ku-Band return link data rates of 450 and 600 mbps during defined test windows on GMT 110, 111, and 112. The intent of ICU R4 is to increase the return link bandwidth from 300 Mbps to 600 Mbps.  

Eye Exams: This morning the 54S crew completed routine Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Fundoscope eye exams.  Eye exams are routinely performed onboard 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. 

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Activated Carbon/Ion Exchange (ACTEX) Replacement: Earlier today the crew collected samples from the OGS recirculation loop for return and replaced the ACTEX cartridge. This loop sample is performed every 180 days and the ACTEX cartridge is changed out every 730 days as part of scheduled ISS preventative maintenance.

Dragon Cargo Operations: The crew has completed more than 42 hours of unloading and loading of the Dragon vehicle.  At this time cargo specialist on the ground estimate the crew will need approximately 31 hours to complete the Dragon vehicle packing in preparation for Dragon unberth, planned on 02-May. 

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Operations:  Later today, controllers will use the SSRMS and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to transfer the MISSE Sample Container (MSC) from the MTT to the MISSE Flight Facility (FF). 

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

  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Mouse Blood drawing Familiarization
  • Check the Results of Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Auxiliary Computer System Laptops; Report the Status
  • APEX-06 MELFI Insertion #2
  • Mouse Stress Defense Item Gathering
  • PHASE TRANSITION. Experiment Setup and Start of Operations.
  • Hardware Setup for the PAO Event. Check Video and Audio Signals.
  • ZBOOK Hard Drive Installation
  • SSC HP Printer Deployment to Replace Lab SSC Epson Printer
  • Crew Preparation for the PAO Event
  • TV Session with Artek Children and Youth Center
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 17 Laptop Relocate
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Glove Box Bench Setup
  • BIOCARD. Assistance during the Experiment
  • BIOCARD. Experiment Operations.
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Setup
  • Mouse Stress Defense Cage Maintenance for Water 3
  • KU Comm Unit Cable Route
  • Metabolic Tracking Inoculation Preparation
  • Crew Preparation for the PAO Event
  • TV Session with Moscow Economic School Students
  • Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • PHASE TRANSITION. Closeout Operations.
  • Metabolic Tracking MELFI Metabolic Tracking Group Retrieve
  • Metabolic Tracking Biocells Inoculation
  • Comm Config for Communication from MRM1
  • SEPARATION. Fitting of Delivered Panel #205.
  • ZBOOK Hard Drive Installation
  • SEPARATION. Installation of the Mounting Hardware of the БД Distillation Unit and БЕ Reservoir Unit
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT Exam
  • SEPARATION. Hoses Mating and Routing behind the Panels (including БД Installation behind Panel 205).
  • Metabolic Tracking Plate Reader Insertion/Removal
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Stow
  • Metabolic Tracking Session Cleanup
  • SSC HP Printer Checkout
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Gather
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Galley food warmer door troubleshoot
  • SEPARATION. БВ Vacuuming Unit Installation.
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Internal ACTEX Pre-Flush
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • Restoration of the Nominal Comm Config
  • 24-Hour ECG Recording (start)
  • Metabolic Tracking Inoculation Preparation
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Internal ACTEX Remove and Replace
  • Metabolic Tracking MELFI Metabolic Tracking Group Retrieve
  • Metabolic Tracking MELFI Inoculation Bag Retrieve
  • Metabolic Tracking Biocells Inoculation
  • Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • APEX-06 Adjust Light
  • Cargo Transfer to Dragon
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Operations
  • Metabolic Tracking Session Cleanup
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Stow
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • HRF Columbus HD Video Setup 

Completed Task List Activities

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • MISSE MSC Transfer
  • ICU R4 Software Transition
  • LAB MCA Full Calibration

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 04/18: JSL Firewall Deploy, PCG9 Sampling, CIR Bottle R&R, NORS O2 Transfer, Mouse Stress Defense Ops, Metabolic Sampling, ISS Reboost
  • Thursday, 04/19: LAB IMV Valve R&R, Mouse Stress Defense Ops, Miniature Exercise Device Ops, N3 MCA VGA R&R
  • Friday, 04/20: MSL Furnace Swap, APEX6 Harvest, Mouse Stress Defense, EIISS, PEPS Inspection, MSG VUE Removal

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