ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2018

Ku Control Unit (KCU) Software Transition: Following yesterday’s swap to KCU2, running the new R4 software, the KCU2 modem card stopped processing Ku forward commands. An eventual power cycle of the entire KCU2 unit recovered KCU2 forward link. Later the KCU2 modem card once again stopped processing Ku forward commands. Ku was transitioned back to ICU 1, which is running ICU R3 software, and we have recovered nominal Ku coverage. Ground teams continue to troubleshoot KCU2 following the transition to R4. 

Progress 69P ISS Reboost: This morning the ISS completed a nominal reboost using the 69P thrusters.  The purpose of the reboost was to start phasing for 53S landing in June and 70P 2-orbit constraints in July.  The reboost time of ignition (TIG) was at 108/10:50:00 GMT (Wednesday, April 18, 05:50:00 AM CDT), with a burn duration of 2 m 06 s. 

Human Research Program (Biochemical Profile and Repository):  A 53S crewmember collected blood and urine samples for his FD120 sessions of the Biochem Profile, Repository and Cell Free Epigenome investigations.  A 54S crewmember collected urine samples for his FD30 sessions of the Biochem Profile and Repository investigations.

  • The Biochemical Profile investigation 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.
  • The JAXA Cell Free Epigenome investigation tests blood samples collected from astronauts and cellular genes are analyzed.  Blood carries molecular signals released from the cells inside the body. The analysis results provide insights to scientists on how human bodies function during space flight.

Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) Protein Crystal Growth (PCG)-9:  The crew extracted liquid from the eight sample bags used for crystal growth, photographed the bags before and after the extractions, and then inserted the sample bags into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return on the SpaceX-14 vehicle. The Wisconsin Crystal Growing Contest-Wisconsin Space Crystal Mission (CASIS PCG 9) investigation provides student researchers the opportunity to explore crystal growth in the microgravity environment of the ISS. Crystals grown without the influence of gravity have shown to contain fewer imperfections and grow to larger sizes. Middle and high school students compete to grow the most perfect ground-based crystal, as judged by experts in the crystallography field. The students who present the crystals with the fewest imperfections have the opportunity to fly their experiments to the space station.  

Mouse Stress Defense:  The crew temporarily relocated the Mouse Habitat Cage Units from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) to the Glove Box to take blood samples. They then processed the samples in a centrifuge and placed them into a MELFI.  Microgravity provokes cellular mechanical stresses and perturbs cellular signaling, leading to reduction of muscle and bone density. To overcome these stresses, one of the promising strategies is to activate Nrf2, a master regulator of antioxidant pathway. Mouse Stress Defense investigates how Nrf2 contributes to effective prevention of space-originated stresses.  

Metabolic Tracking (MT): The crew took BioCell samples today for the MT investigation and then placed them into a 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.

Story Time From Space:  A crewmember participated in the Story Time from Space project by reading “You are the First Kid on Mars” while being videotaped.  The recording will be downlinked and used for educational purposes. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded onboard the ISS. Crew members read science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books on orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials. 

Joint Station LAN (JSL) Firewall Install in Lab and NODE 2 (N2): Today the crew installed a hardware JSL firewall, power supply, and networking cabling in the US LAB in preparation for the JSLv11 transition. This transition will provide additional security to ISS computer assets and facilitate smoother integration of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) hardware into the ISS JSL network. 

Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Oxygen Repress Termination: Today ground controllers terminated an oxygen repress, initiated on GMT 44, from the NORS system. The crew closed the oxygen isolation valve and removed the oxygen recharge tank for return to the ground. A leak check of the oxygen system confirmed a successful repress.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night, robotics controllers used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to transfer one MISSE Sample Container (MSC) from the MTT to the MISSE Flight Facility (FF).  Tonight, controllers will transfer the final three MSCs. 

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

  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Check that the Shutters of SM Windows #6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 are Closed.
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire – Subject
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Educational  Imagery Recording
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Installing Updates on RSS1 Laptop.
  • Comm Config to Set Up Communication from MRM1
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
  • SEPARATION. Installation and Connection of the Heat Exchanger Assembly ([ТОА]).
  • Mouse Stress Defense Item Gathering and Blood Drawing Preparation
  • Multi-Use Variable-G Platform MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Filling In (Degassing) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV.
  • Miniature Exercise Device Surface Pro 3 Charge
  • SEPARATION. Routing СБИ Onboard Measurement System 521ГК.40Ю5020-570 Cable.
  • SEPARATION. Cable Routing and Connection to the Onboard Equipment Control System (СУБА).
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Mouse Stress Defense MELFI Retrieval
  • SEPARATION. БЕ Reservoir Assembly Setup.
  • Joint Station Lan (JSL) Firewall Install in US LAB
  • Mouse Stress Defense Blood Drawing
  • Joint Station Lan (JSL) Firewall Install in NODE 2 [Aborted]
  • SEPARATION. БД Distillation Assembly Setup.
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Mouse Blood Centrifuge Processing Start
  • SEPARATION. Control Panel and New Panel 205 Installation. Connection of Cables to the Control Panel.
  • Multi Omics Item Gathering
  • Mouse Stress Defense Blood Drawing Closeout
  • SODF hardcopy updates
  • Mouse Blood Centrifuge Processing Stop
  • Mouse Stress Defense MELFI Insertion
  • TangoLab-2 Card Exchange
  • Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System(NORS) Oxygen Transfer Termination
  • SEPARATION. Mating Telemetry Connectors and Closeout Operations.
  • Retrieval of PCG-9 Hardware from MELFI
  • Second Inspection of Sample Bags for Crystal Growth
  • Extraction of Liquid from Sample Bags and Association Photos
  • Interest Photos and Recorded Video for Downlink
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Earth Imagery from ISS Nikon Target Operations
  • 24-Hour ECG Recording (end)
  • SEPARATION. Connection of Replacement EDV Units.
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup
  • 24-Hour Arterial Pressure Recording (start)
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Open
  • Restoration of the Nominal Comm Config
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #4 Bottle Replacement
  • Check the Correct Position of ИП-1 Sensors
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Photo/TV, Checking Camcorder Settings
  • Start the Nominal Use of BD-2 Harness Software Control Panel
  • Mouse Stress Defense Blood Drawing Closeout
  • Crew retrieves Water Drink Bags from BOB that currently in use at NOD1_S1 and fills the bags with hot water for return and subsequent ground analysis.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Close
  • Story Time Book Mars Read
  • Metabolic Tracking Plate Reader Insertion/Removal
  • Story Time Historical Photo Documentation
  • Miniature Exercise Device Procedure Review
  • Metabolic Tracking Biocells Sampling BioCell B
  • Miniature Exercise Device Hardware Gather
  • Start the Nominal Use of BD-2 Harness Software Control Panel
  • Photo/TV JEM HDSDI Cable Swap [Aborted]
  • Metabolic Tracking MELFI Sample Bag Insertion
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Stow
  • GREAT BEGINNINGS. Battery Charging
  • HRF Columbus HD Video Setup 

Completed Task List Activities

  • NIH & CASIS-D/L Message

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • 69P Reboost
  • MISSE Robotics Operations
  • HRF-1 Rack Commanding 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • 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
  • Saturday, 04/21: Housekeeping, EEIISS Target, US LAB Edge Router to BRI Troubleshooting, Mouse Stress Defense Cage Maintenance, 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