ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/17/2018

Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) #2:  The crew opened the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) inner hatch and extended the Airlock slide table into the JEM. They detached and stowed samples for return to the ground from the Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP).  The ExHAM is a cuboid mechanism equipped with a fixture on the upper surface for grappling by the JEM Remote Manipulator System Small Fine Arm, and components on the under surface for attaching the ExHAM to the handrail on the JEM EF. 

Team Task Switching:  A crewmember completed a Team Task Switching survey today.  When crew members are often required to switch their attention between tasks, performance on each of the tasks can be affected.  The objective of the Team Task Switching investigation is to gain knowledge about whether or not crew members have difficulty in switching tasks and determine the impacts of these switches, in order to both reduce any negative consequences and improve individual and team motivation and effectiveness. 

Cygnus On-board Training: Today, the crewmembers scheduled to capture OA9 (Cygnus) performed a Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) session. ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback. OA9 is currently on track to launch on May 20th and be berthed to ISS on May 24th.

Post-Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Crew Activities:  Today the crew performed Post-EVA medical evaluations, airlock reconfigurations, and a water recharge on the Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) used during the EVA.  They also conducted an EVA debrief with ground specialists. 

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, robotics controllers supported post-EVA operations by unstowing the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) with the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and translating the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite (WS) 6 to WS 8. Today, ground controllers used the MSS to transfer and install of the spare Pump Flow and Control Subsystem (PFCS) to the P6 long spacer.  After the PFCS has was transferred, the ground robotics team began a series of follow-on tasks to get the MSS ready for OA-9 capture and berthing on Thursday, May 24. 

Post-Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Hardware Checkouts: Once the ground robotics flight controllers completed relocating the spare PFCS to the P6 long spacer, ground controllers were able to regain insight into the PFCS and perform a firmware prefresh. A checkout of the ammonia Flow Control Valve (FCV) is planned for tomorrow. Ground controllers were also able to verify proper functionality of the new Space to Ground Transmitter Receiver Controller (SGTRC) and the Camera Port #13 (CP13) External Television Camera Group (ETVCG). 

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

  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • Tension adjustment on БД-2 treadmill belt
  • Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
  • Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination
  • ISS HAM Radio and Video Power Up
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) KU Comm Unit Cable Swap
  • On MCC GO Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (БЖ) after Shutdown
  • Cupola Window Shutter 2 Close
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Veggie Ponds Hardware Deactivation
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Restart Tritel PL
  • Microbial Capture Device (MCD) and Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • RS ISS Internal Lights Audit
  • Study of cardiovascular system under measured physical CYCLE Ergometer load.
  • Cardiovascular evaluation during graded exercises on cycle ergometer
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
  • Handhold Exp Platform #2 (HXP2) Item Gathering part 1.
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
  • Handhold Exp Platform #2 (HXP2) Sample Detachment 2
  • PROBOY. RSЕ1 Laptop Ops.
  • PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops. 
  • Team Task Switching Experiment Survey – Subject
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Air Lock Deconfiguration
  • Handhold Exp Platform #2 (HXP2) Sample Stow
  • PROBOY. Copy and download data to memory card. Start
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Session
  • MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Airlock Restow
  • Handhold Exp Platform #2 (HXP2) Item Checking part 2
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Multi Omics Item Gathering
  • IMS Update
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)

Completed Task List Activities

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Ku-Band String 2 Activation
  • Lab MCA Full calibration
  • JEMAL Press Monitor
  • PFCS Transfer and Checkout
  • MT Translation

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 05/18: JSL Lab & Node 2 router configuration, ER7 Locker Relocate, SABL3 Relocate, BEAM EHS Sample Collect and WTS sensor troubleshooting, JEM A/L depress, WRS resupply tank pumping.
  • Saturday, 05/19: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off-Duty
  • Sunday, 05/20: Crew Off-Duty, OA-9 Launch (4:04 am CT)

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