ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/14/2018

ISS Reboost: On Saturday, May 12th, at 05:07:00 pm CDT the ISS performed a nominal 2 minute and 52 second reboost using the 69P thrusters.  The purpose of the reboost was to set up proper phasing for the 53S landing in June and the 70P 2-orbit rendezvous in July.

Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) #2:  The crew brought the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table into the JEM this morning and replaced the J-SSOD deployers with the Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP) Adapter on the Multipurpose Experiment Platform (MPEP).  They then returned the slide table to the Airlock and depressed and vented the Airlock.  Later today the crew will extend the slide table to the exterior of the ISS.  Tonight ground robotics controllers will use the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Small Fine Arm (SFA) to transfer the HXP from the JEM External Facility to the Slide Table. On Wednesday the Slide Table will be brought back into the JEM and ExHAM samples will be exchanged before the HXP is returned to the JEM External Facility.

Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS):  On May 9th the crew reported what appeared to be mold growing on some of the plants. Today the crew aborted the Veggie PONDS run, photographed the plants and harvested some of them for return to the ground for evaluation.  After removing the plants, the crew cleaned the Veggie PONDS hardware and set it up for drying.  Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food. Understanding how plants respond to microgravity and demonstrating reliable vegetable production on orbit are important steps toward that goal. Veggie PONDS uses a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system and the Veggie plant growth facility aboard the ISS to cultivate lettuce and mizuna greens which are to be harvested on-orbit, and consumed, with samples returned to Earth for analysis. 

Vascular Echo:  Earlier today a 53S subject collected blood samples for the Vascular Echo investigation. Using the CardioLab Portable Doppler (PDOP), the crewmember donned the femoral probe and performed a 1-minute exercise followed by a resting period during which data was collected. Vascular Echo examines changes in blood vessels and the heart while the crew members are in space, and then follow their recovery on return to Earth. The results could provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crew member health, and quality of life for everyone. 

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR): The crew replaced CIR manifold bottles today to support the ongoing microgravity combustion research operations in the CIR. They also replaced a seal as part of routine CIR maintenance. The Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME) experiments being performed in the CIR include five independent studies of gaseous flames.  The primary goals of ACME are to improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollutant production in routine fuel combustion activities on Earth.  Its secondary goal is to improve spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability. 

Cygnus OA-9 Capture On-board Training (OBT):  Today the crew reviewed the OA-9 mission profile, rendezvous crew procedures, and interfaces necessary for monitoring and commanding to the Cygnus vehicle.  Once completed, they participated in a conference with ground specialists to discuss the overall capture training plan and reviewed the Backaway and Capture Cue Cards.  OA-9 is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on 24-May. 

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle Remove and Replace (R&R): Today the crew Removed and Replaced (R&R) the WHC Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter. After the R&R, the crew performed a functionality test with nominal results. 

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: In preparation for Wednesday’s US EVA 50 Pump and Flow Control Subassembly (PFCS) Relocate, the crew completed additional EVA tool configuration and performed an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003 and 3006 water recharge and ullage dump.

Public Affairs (PAO) Event: Today the crew participated in an educational event with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Participants in the Live Downlink were Oklahoma students in 5-12th grades that competed in an essay contest. Student essays described what they would ask an astronaut and how that question relates to their own life on earth. 

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

  • CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • CSA Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configure
  • Atmosphere Revitalization System (ARS) Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Jumper Install
  • Veggie Ponds MWA Preparation
  • CSA Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • CSA Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
  • CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
  • Veggie Ponds Growth Abort
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Experiment Setup and Start Ops.
  • Opening of Lab MCA Hand Valve 01
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment setup.
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • Veggie Ponds MELFI Insertion
  • Veggie Ponds Clean and Dry
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Assistance with МО-3 Test.
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Removal
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (MO-3 Test in Passive Mode).
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops.
  • Handhold Exp Platform Adapter installation
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Review
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hygiene procedure
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Closeout Ops.
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  •  FAZOPEREKHOD. Experiment Setup and Start Ops.
  • JEM Airlock Depressurization
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous Review
  • Preparing to monitor condition of RS structural surfaces using МВП-2К device.
  • 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.
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous Review
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Conference
  • Vascular Echo Exercise PDOP Measurement – Subject
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Closeout Ops.
  • VIZIR. Preparation Steps and СКПИ Science Hardware Calibration.
  • Urine Receptacle (UR) and Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron-VM or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Monitoring RS structural shell surfaces using Multipurpose Eddy Current Device МВП-2К. Combustion Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • HRF MARES Power Interface Unit Stow
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Open
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Chamber Seal Replacement
  • JEM Airlock Vent
  • Preparation for downlink data on monitoring RS structural surfaces
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops.
  • JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Close
  • MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with Experiment
  • Closure of Lab MCA Hand Valve 01
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #2 Bottle Replacement
  • MELFI 3 Ice Brick Insert 1
  • Delta file prep
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #4 Bottle Replacement
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • AMS Laptop Battery Replace
  • External Television Camera Group Reconfiguration Part 1
  • VIZIR. Closeout Ops
  • External Television Camera Group Reconfiguration Part 2
  • Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)

Completed Task List Activities

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • ESA COL-CC 2018 Patch
  • JEMAL Depress
  • JEMRMS  HXP Transfer
  • Lab MCA Activation Pt 3 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 05/15: EVA Prep (Cuff Checklist print, EVA Tool Config, Equip Lock Prep, Procedure Rvw/Conf), CGBA relocate, Water samples, Two Phase Flow Experiment, MCA Jumper Teardown
  • Wednesday, 05/16: US EVA #50 with Robotics Support (Swap PFCS, R&R CP13 ETVCG, R&R SGTRC), CSA-CP maintenance
  • Thursday, 05/17: Cygnus OBT, Post EVA Ops (A/L deconfg/restow, EMU Water recharge, debrief), PFCS XFER, Team Task Switching, HXP2 Sample Detach, HRF samples, KU cable swap

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

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Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3