ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/01/2018

J-SSOD-10: The crew performed part 1 of 2 of the JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) installation onto the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP).  This is being performed in preparation for the J-SSOD-10 deploys this Saturday, GMT 279.  The J-SSOD is a unique satellite launcher, handled by the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS), which provides containment and deployment mechanisms for several individual small satellites. Once the J-SSOD is installed on the MPEP by crewmembers, it is passed through the JEM airlock for retrieval, positioning and deployment by the JEMRMS. 

Functional Immune: The crew performed saliva collections as part of the Functional Immune experiment.  Functional Immune analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. The changes in the immune system are also compared with crewmembers’ self-reported health information. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to Mars, asteroids, or other distant destinations.

Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle (FROST): Today the crew replaced the failed FROST2 controller with new hardware that arrived on HTV-7. FROST is a Stirling cooler that is able to maintain temperatures under -70ºC.  FROST2 will be used to support JAXA’s Low Temperature Protein Crystallization Growth (LT-PCG) investigation.

Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools (EarthKAM): Shutdown and stow of mission 63 was completed today.  As of the final report, 28,438 students from 34 countries had signed up to request images and more than 8,000 images had been downlinked.  EarthKAM allows thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space crew’s perspective. Using the Internet, the students control a special digital camera mounted on-board the ISS. This enables them to photograph the Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other geographic items of interest from the unique vantage point of space. The EarthKAM team then posts these photographs on the Internet for viewing by the public and participating classrooms around the world. 

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003 Radio Troubleshooting: Last Friday, EMU 3003 experienced an unexpected loss of EMU data while on the primary (PRI) radio.  Today the crew configured the Ultra High Frequency (UHF)-2 radio for EVA communication and performed audio checks on EMU 3003 in conjunction with an ullage dump; while initial comm checks were nominal, and the ground received nominal data from the suit, they did not receive EDAR data as expected. After switching back and forth between alternate (ALT) and PRI radios, ground teams were able to isolate part of last week’s failure signature to a data timeout when switching between radios. At this time, however, experts remain unable to explain why data was initially lost during last week’s activity. Additional meetings are scheduled to discuss the results of today’s troubleshooting and the forward plan.

Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Nitrogen (N2) Transfer Terminate: The crew reconfigured the ISS N2 system and terminated the N2 transfer from the NORS tank to the High Pressure Gas Tank. The crew then removed the empty NORS tank and stowed it in preparation for return on a future flight.

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Rack Transfers: The crew completed all but one of the HTV-7 rack transfers today. Tomorrow, the crew will perform the final rack transfer and the post rack-transfer hatch seal inspections. The list of rack transfers completed today is as follows:

  • Life Science Glovebox (LSG) hardware temporarily installed into JPM1F5
  • Express Rack 9B transferred from HTV-7 to COL1F2
  • RSR transferred from JPM1A5 to HTV-7
  • Express Rack 10B transferred from HTV-7 to JPM1A5
  • RSR transferred from LAB1P1 to HTV-7
  • Life Support Rack (LSR) transferred from HTV-7 to LAB1P1

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Operations: Friday night, the Robotics Ground Controllers extracted the External Platform (EP) from HTV-7 and installed it on the Mobile Base System (MBS) Payload/Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Accommodation (POA).  Next, they walked SSRMS off from Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF4. When performing the base change, data was collected to capture the rigidization tension on both Latching End Effectors (LEEs). They then unstowed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from the Lab PDGF, completing initial operations to configure the MSS for the HTV-7 Battery Remove & Replace operations scheduled in mid-October. Tonight, Robotics Ground Controllers will be performing a Mobile Transporter (MT) translation to Worksite (WS)7.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • WHC KTO replace [Completed GMT 273]

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • MT Translate to WS7

Two-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 10/02:


  • Functional Immune (continuing)
  • MobiPV checkout
  • Plant Habitat – Plant Thinning


  • CQ Clean
  • PMM1O2 RSR Transfer
  • Hatch Seal Inspection
  • 54S packing

Wednesday, 10/03:


  • BEST experiment 3
  • Functional Immune (continuing)
  • LSG Software Load
  • J-SSOD 10 Install part 2


  • ER 9B and 10B umbilical mate
  • Change of Command
  • SSC Zbook Deploy
  • HTV Cargo Ops
  • 54S Packing

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry Subject
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 1
  • ISS imagery from Soyuz 738 БO: Photo Session Drill
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Charging Soyuz 739 IRIDIUM Phone, Configuration Setup
  • Soyuz 739 IRIDIUM telephone charging – charge monitoring
  • Recharging Soyuz 739 IRIDIUM Satellite Phone – End and Teardown
  • EarthKAM Node 1 Shutdown, Disconnect and Stow
  • Recharging Soyuz 738 IRIDIUM Satellite Phone – Initiate
  • Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Nitrogen Transfer Termination
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Soyuz 738 IRIDIUM telephone charging – charge monitoring
  • Charging Soyuz 738 IRIDIUM phone, terminate charge, tear down the setup
  • Relocate SSC5 back to the LAB
  • Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Prep
  • Transfer Operations – Pack and stow items on HTV
  • CALCIUM. Bioekololgiya Cases #13-3 & #13-4: Photography, Processing, and Imagery Downlink, Pre-pack for Return
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 13
  • Clearing psychological support files from Samsung N51 tablet
  • HTV-7 Rack Transfer Stowage Gather
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • LBNP training session (FINAL).
  • COL1F2 Rack Bay Closeout Removal
  • Transfer COL1F2 stowage
  • Stowage NORS Relocate
  • EarthKAM
  • Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Cleanup
  • Soft Dummy Panel Removal from JPM1F5
  • JPM1F5 HD Video Camera Setup
  • Life Science Glovebox (LSG) transfer from HTV to JPM1F5
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Assist with Life Science Glovebox (LSG) transfer from HTV to JPM1F5
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Preventive Maintenance of MRM2 Passive Docking Assembly [АСП] and Soyuz 738 Active Docking Assembly [ACA] Hatch Sealing Mechanisms
  • ASEPTIC. Photography of post-incubation samples, data transfer to HD for return.
  • Charging GoPro HERO3 camcorder battery in Soyuz 738 (10) – initiate
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Rad Detector Rotate
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Radio Troubleshooting
  • Express Rack 9B Transfer from HTV to COL1F2
  • Soyuz 738 Stowage Ops for Return (Note 5)
  • ASEPTIC. Removal of ТБУ-В No.2 Thermostat
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (FROST2) Controller R&R
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) Transfer from JPM1A5 to HTV-7
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • Express Rack 10B Transfer from HTV7 to JPM1A5
  • Clear LAB1P1 rack bay to prepare for Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) installation
  • Transfer Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) from LAB1P1 to HTV-7
  • Transfer Operations – Pack and stow items on HTV
  • Charging GoPro HERO3 camcorder battery in Soyuz 738 (10) – terminate
  • LAB1P1 Pivot Fitting Replacement for Life Support Rack (LSR) Transfer from HTV-7
  • Life Support Rack (LSR) Transfer from HTV to LAB1P1
  • Delta file prep
  • Binary Colloidal Alloy – Cohesive Sedimentation Camera Check
  • HTV Cargo Operations Conference
  • LAB1P1 Rack Bay Reconfig after Life Support Rack (LSR) Transfer
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record