ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/02/2018

SpaceX-14 Launch: SpX-14 launched nominally today at 3:30:38 pm CDT. In preparation for vehicle arrival, the crew performed an Onboard Training (OBT) session to practice offset grapples. After the crew’s training session, ground specialists relocated the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Dragon Park Position. In addition, all USOS crew participated in a conference with ground cargo transfer specialists to discuss the SpX-14 cargo unloading and loading plan. Capture and berthing is scheduled for this Wednesday at 9:47 CDT. 

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) SmoothNav: A crewmember set up and performed a SPHERES SmoothNav test run today. SmoothNav uses 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.

Veg-03:  Yesterday the crew watered the plants and continued with the photo-documentation of plant growth for the Veg-03 investigation. Veg-03 supports the proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows. Future long duration space missions will require a fresh food supply grown in space to supplement crew diets. 

Microbial Tracking-2 (MT-2): To support the MT-2 investigation, a 53S crewmember collected his Flight Day 105 saliva and body samples and inserted them into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  He also completed a body sample questionnaire. The MT-2 series continues the monitoring of the types of microbes that are present on the ISS. It seeks to catalog and characterize potential disease-causing microorganisms onboard the ISS. Crew pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight samples and environmental samples are collected to identify any associations between the microbial content of the samples, as well as potential health effects. 

Human Research Facility (HRF)-2:  Today the crew verified that blood collection processing in the HRF-2 Refrigerated Centrifuge has not been affected by troubleshooting of the Rack Interface Controller (RIC) on HRF-2.  Communication to the rack was lost on March 25th.  Ground teams are currently developing additional troubleshooting steps. 

Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Activities: Following last Thursday’s successful EVA, the crew completed an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) #3006 and #3010 loop scrub, iodination of the ion filters, and water conductivity tests. The crew also conducted a checkout of the Metal Oxide (MetOx) canister (SN 0013) that was removed prior to EVA 49 when EMU #3006 failed the pre EVA leak check.  Today’s loop scrub was completed successfully, exonerating the MetOx canister as the cause of the failed leak check.  

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Robotics Operations: Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS in support of crew Dragon Offset Grapple practice. During this On-Board-Training (OBT) session, the crew maneuvered the Canadarm2 for training/familiarization in preparation for SpaceX CRS-14 capture. Later, flight controllers performed MSS diagnostics and checkouts on the arm’s “Redundant” string which passed nominally. The arm was left at the Dragon Rendezvous Park position in preparation for Wednesday and the flight controllers then performed data gathering to further investigate a previous Video Distribution Unit (VDU) #3 anomaly.

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

  • Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Insert
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Attached Phase Operations Review
  • Crew Prep for Audio Conference
  • SPHERES Battery Swap
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
  • Pre-Mouse Stress Defense Item Gathering
  • PAO Audio Conference
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Body Questionnaire
  • Inspection and photo RS windows
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Body Sample Collection
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Insert
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Power Up
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • ACME MWA Prep
  • SPHERES Battery Swap
  • COUNTERMEASURES (PROFILAKTIKA). Preparation for the Experiment.
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS [Aborted]
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
  • COUNTERMEASURES (PROFILAKTIKA). PROFILAKTIKA. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (MO-3 Test in Passive Mode).
  • JEM System Laptop Terminal Reboot
  • SPHERES Crew Conference
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • Delta file prep
  • SPHERES Test Session Setup
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Stow
  • EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Gather
  • CONSTANTA-2. CONSTANTA-2. Cassette Retrieval from ТБУ-В and Setup on a panel for a 1-hour warmup
  • Test of ВСБ-95 devices in MRM2 and FGB.
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple
  • CONSTANTA-2. Preparation and Execution 3.
  • INTER-MAI-75. Setup, config set-up and HAM Radio activation.
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple
  • Checking БД-2 treadmill carriage position. Photograph position of БД-2 carriage relative to pullout roller by lifting БД-2 curtain. Downlink photo via OCA. Downlink photo via OCA.
  • Prep for ВСБ-95 Checkout in DC1.
  • Preparation for ЗПЛ-1М2 (Ф-1, Ф-2) Cartridge Replacement in СБМП.
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Conclude
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Attached Phase Operations Review
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Checkout of СБМП ЗПЛ-1М2 cartridges, Preparation.
  • Demate ЗПЛ-1М2 telemetry connectors (Ф-1, Ф-2).
  • Checkout of СБМП ЗПЛ-1М2 cartridges (Ф-1, Ф-2).
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Review
  • SPHERES USB Download
  • Mating ЗПЛ-1М2 telemetry connectors (Ф-1, Ф-2).
  • Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test
  • Checkout of СБМП ЗПЛ-1М2 cartridges, Closeout ops.
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • INTER-MAI-75. Hardware deactivation

Completed Task List Activities

  • EKAM Lens Transfer [Completed GMT 90]
  • Hefty Bag Consolidate [Completed GMT 90]
  • JEM Wireless Instrumentation System Environmental Monitor Remote Sensor Unit Battery R&R [Completed GMT 90]

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • EVA Loop Scrub support
  • MSS Configuration
  • SSRMS Maneuver to Dragon Park Position
  • MCA Zero Calibration
  • N3 CDRA Activation 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 04/03: ACME Chamber Insert Config, Mouse Habitat Prep, Dragon ROBoT OBT, MAX CEVIS, SPHERES Conference, POLAR OBT.
  • Wednesday, 04/04: SpaceX-14 Capture and Berthing, SPHERES Run, Veggie03, Mouse Habitat Setup
  • Thursday, 04/05: Dragon Cargo Ops, Mouse Stress Defense, TangoLab 2 Install, TangoLab 1 Card R&R, POLAR Sample Xfr, MVP Install, NanoRacks Plate Reader2 Ops

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