ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/14/2018

Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Gas Trap Degassing IFM-return line:  A crewmember installed a gas trap into the return line of the LSG in preparation for removing trapped gas from system lines.  During the activity, ground teams observed a 93mL accumulator drop, which then leveled off.  The LSG was subsequently isolated by closing the Flow Control Valve (FCV) via ground command. Teams are reviewing the telemetry and are developing a forward plan. The LSG is a sealed work area that accommodates life science and technology investigations in a “workbench” type environment. Due to its larger size design, two crewmembers can work in the LSG simultaneously.

BioServe Protein Crystallography (BPC)-1 Microscopy Ops:  A crewmember performed the final Microscopy operations Phase 2 by placing samples under the microscope for observation and providing photographic documentation.  BPC-1 seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of conducting protein crystal growth in real time onboard the ISS. Crewmembers add solutions to the hardware, observe the crystals that form and adjust for follow-on experiments. This approach gives scientists the ability to optimize crystal growth in microgravity instead of waiting for samples to return and then launching them again.

Veggie:  Veggie-03 plants were checked for growth progression and watered as necessary. Photos were taken and placed on a flash card for downlink to the ground. The Vegetable Production System (Veggie) is a deployable plant growth unit capable of producing salad type crops to provide the crew with a palatable, nutritious, and safe source of fresh food and a tool to support relaxation and recreation.

Cimon (MObile companioN):  Sound and Camera Check:  The crew performed a Cimon microphone adjustment and camera view check with the ground in preparation for upcoming Cimon demonstrations. Both the sound and camera checks were deemed successful. The Pilot Study with the Crew Interactive MObile companioN (Cimon) is a technology demonstration project, and an observational study, that aims to obtain the first insights into the effects on crew support by an artificial intelligence (AI), in terms of efficiency and acceptance during long-term missions in space. Spaceflight missions put the crew under a substantial amount of stress and workload, and it is thought that AI could provide operational support to crewmembers.

Robotics On-Board Training (OBT):  Today the crew performed a self-study training session using the Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT). They exercised Cygnus approach and retreat monitoring, as well as capture, using a simulated Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback. Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10) Antares 230 Rocket is scheduled to launch from Wallops Flight Facility on November 16 at 09:27 GMT and Cygnus capture is planned for November 18 at 09:35 GMT.

TORU Training Session:  Alexander Gerst and Sergey Prokopev participated in a TORU training session today. During the session the crew practiced working through TORU procedures and expected docking data, prepared for TV coverage and photography, and practiced rendezvous and docking using an onboard simulator. TORU is a manual docking system for Soyuz and Progress spacecraft that serves as a backup to the automatic Kurs System. Today’s training was performed in preparation for Progress 71P docking scheduled for November 18.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • LSR Checkout [Ongoing]

Two Day Look Ahead: 

Thursday, 11/15:

  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • LSG Gas Trap Degassing IFM Supply Line (NASA)
  • Cimon Activation and Checkout (ESA)
  • FROST1 Condensation and Corrosion Removal (JAXA)
  • Meteor On-Board Training (NASA)


  • Cygnus Offset Grapple Practice
  • Cygnus Attached Phase Operations Review 

Friday, 11/16:

  • LSG Act and Checkout-Integration and Work Volume Stow (NASA)
  • POLAR Transfer Review (NASA)
  • RR-08 Hardware wanted poster (NASA)
  • VEG-03 CHK and Watering (NASA)
  • METEOR Hard Drive Swap (NASA)


  • Life Science Glovebox (LSG) Integration to Express Rack 4
  • Node 1 Centerline Berthing Camera System Installation and Checkout
  • Cygnus ROBoT Training Session 2

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

  • IMS Update
  • Video recording of greetings and of a footage for the Dobroye Utro (Good Morning) show
  • SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • FGB Gas Analyzer Vacuum Cleaning
  • MORZE. Evaluation using SPRUT-2. Tagup with specialists
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
  • Cimon Unstow and Setup
  • JEM Stowage Consolidation
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • Setup and configuration of КСПЭ camcorder in SM for mpeg2 TV broadcast of TORU OBT
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • Material Science Research Rack (MSRR-1) Accumulator Connection
  • NOD1D2 Clear
  • Microscope Reposition Preparation
  • BioServe Protein Crystallography Microscope Phase 2 Final Operations
  • Microscope Reposition Post Ops
  • Cimon sound and camera check
  • On MCC Go Deactivation of camcorder, TV System monitoring equipment and closing applications
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Power On
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check Data Record
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Self study Session
  • In-Flight Maintenance Life Science Glovebox (LSG) Gas Trap Fill Fixture Installation
  • End discharge of the 2nd Orlan Battery Pack 825М and remove from discharge the 2nd Battery Pack No.1267421122 (00073849R, stow in ФГБ1ПГО_2_221_1)
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
  • MORZE. Closeout Ops
  • VEG-03G Plant Check/Water
  • Replacement of Voltage Converter ПН28-120
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Self study Session
  • Cimon stowage
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Prep
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Setup
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Eye Exam – Fundoscope
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow