ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/15/2018

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test – Cohesive Sediment (BCAT-CS): Over the Weekend, the crew checked the camera alignment and focus settings by viewing the latest BCAT images on a laptop. BCAT-CS focuses on the study of forces between particles that cluster together by using sediments of quartz and clay particles. Conducting the research in the microgravity environment of the ISS makes it possible to separate the forces acting on the particles over a short range (adhesive forces) versus those acting over a long range (cohesive forces). The quartz/clay system is commonly found in a wide variety of environmental settings (such as rivers, lakes, and oceans) and plays an important role in technological efforts related to deep-sea hydrocarbon drilling and carbon dioxide sequestration 

Loop Heat Pipe Radiator LHPR): ISS crew reconfigured the cable connection for the JEM Ethernet Extender in preparation for the Loop Heat Pipe Radiator. The LHPR is an advanced two-phase heat transfer device that utilizes the evaporation and condensation of a working fluid to transfer heat, and the capillary force to circulate the fluid. This investigation demonstrates the heat transfer performance/functions under microgravity conditions using the LHPR experimental apparatus, which is grappled by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). This technology can be applied in the thermal control system of future satellites that generate large amounts of heat that could negatively affect satellite operations.

Life Support Rack (LSR): ISS crew continued configuration for the Life Support rack by installing the CO2 absorbers and setup of the Air Water Management System. LSR is a European Space Agency technology demonstrator for closed loop air revitalization. It captures carbon dioxide from cabin air and recovers 50% of its oxygen for use by the astronauts. LSR operates for a minimum of one year on the ISS to demonstrate the robustness of the technology for future Exploration Missions

Zero-g Battery Testing: A crewmember completed testing of a sample alkaline batteries. All batteries passed and were restowed for return. Over many years, some crewmembers have reported that batteries on orbit do not last as long as they do on the ground. In the Zero-g Battery Testing experiment, an ISS crew member installs several sets of batteries into a standard camera flash, identifies batteries that fail to work, and returns them to the ground for analysis. If battery life is, in fact, shorter in space, this knowledge could lead to development of better batteries for use in space and on the ground.

HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-7 Cargo Transfer: The crew continued HTV-7 cargo transfer operations today. Ground specialists estimate approximately ~7 hours remain to complete transfer of identified items.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Spacetex-2 questionnaire filling 1-4 (Completed Sunday, GMT 287)

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Two-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 10/16:  


  • CAL HE Monitor (NASA)
  • LTE Visual GLA Test  (NASA)
  • RADi-N2 Retrieve and Handoff
  • Actiwatch Spectrum Setup and Stow (NASA)
  • Biolab Maintenance (ESA)
  • HRF PFM H/W Trash (NASA)
  • PFS Maintenance (NASA)
  • BPC Sample Mix (NASA) I


  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Water Operations
  • EMU Long Life Battery (LLB) auto-cycle maintenance
  • HTV-7 Cargo Operations

Wednesday, 10/17

  • BCAT Camera ops (NASA)
  • FROST2 ICE pack insert (JAXA)
  • BPC Plate sample load (NASA)


  • ARED Quarterly Maintenance
  • HTV-7 Cargo Operations
  • SODF Warning Book Updates

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

  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis and Record
  • mobiPV Questionnaire
  • Record COP24 script
  • Record UN Forum Script
  • Record VDE Summit Script
  • EVA Procedure Review for Suit IV
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Training Review
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Personal hygiene items audit. Personal hygiene items selection for priority use
  • International Procedure Viewer Tablet Questionnaire
  • Loop Heat Pipe Demo Cable Reconfiguration1
  • Life Support Rack Air Water Management Drawer Preparation
  • Life Support Rack CO2 Management Drawer Preparation
  • Photo and Video Recording of Life on Station
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos web site and social media
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • HTV Transfer Operations
  • HTV Cargo Operations Conference
  • Zero-G Battery Testing MWA Preparation
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • SCENARIO. Observation and photography using the camera
  • Preparation for the Antivirus Scanning of [ВКС] Laptops
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • ECON-M. Observation and photography
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment setup
  • МО-8. Setup and closeout
  • Body Mass Measurement – BMMD
  • МП urine receptacle and Ф-В filter insert replacement in [АСУ]. [АСУ] activation after replacement
  • ELEKTRON pre-activation purge [Aborted]
  • Visual inspection and leak check, using US leak detector ULD in the orbital compartment [БО] of Soyuz №739. Report to MCC during comm pass