ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/15/2018

Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10) Robotics Onboard Training:  Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) in support of the crew’s Cygnus Offset Grapple practice.  During the Off Set Grapple activity, the crew used the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) as the target to practice grapple approaches, maneuvering the SSRMS over the pin, and practiced pulling the trigger when they are in the grapple envelope.  Due to weather concerns, NG-10 Antares 230 Rocket is now scheduled to launch on Saturday, November 17 at 3:01AM CT.  Cygnus capture is planned for Monday, November 19 at 4:20AM CT.

Crew Interactive MObile companioN (Cimon):  The crew performed a successful checkout of the new Cimon artificial Intelligence free-flyer. Cimon was able to demonstrate free flying and absolute navigation in the Columbus Module.  The Pilot Study with 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.

Food Acceptability:  The crew completed a Questionnaire. The Food Acceptability investigation seeks to determine the impact of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system.  Results will be used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions.

Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle (FROST):  The crew opened up FROST-1 and removed condensation and some corrosion that was identified during the last use of the facility.  The FROST is a Stirling cooler that is able to maintain temperatures under -70ºC.

Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG):  As part of the continuing integration activity for the Life Science Glovebox, the crew connected the Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Supply Hose to the JPM1F5 Utility Interface Panel.  The Life Sciences Glovebox (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.

Meteor:  The crew performed On-orbit training of the Meteor experiment by watching a video provided by the Meteor experiment team.  The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument used to observe meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. The study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus Offset Grapple Practice Support

Three Day Look Ahead:

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)


  • Cygnus ROBOT OBT
  • Node 1 Centerline Berthing Camera System Install and checkout
  • Progress 71P Launch

Saturday, 11/17:

  • None


  • Housekeeping
  • NG-10 Launch
  • OBT TORU Conference

Sunday, 11/18:

  • None


  • 71P Docking

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

  • Cimon Free Flyer Commissioning
  • Cimon Operations
  • Condensate transfer from Lab Condensate tank to WPA Waste Water Tank
  • Data Preparation for Return
  • Environmental Health System Russian Condensate Sample Operations [Aborted]
  • Charging of ESA Power Bank for Acceleration with AstroPi demonstration
  • EPO Gerst Flying Classroom 2 – Acceleration with AstroPi Recording
  • EVA Procedure Review for Suit IV
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA)  Training Review
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan Prep
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Post Exam
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan performed by a Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan
  • In-Flight Maintenance Life Science Glovebox (LSG) Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Supply Hose Connection
  • IMS Tagup (S-band)
  • IMS Update
  • iPad Wireless Troubleshooting
  • International Procedure Viewer Tablet Questionnaire
  • FROST Condensation Water Wipe
  • Meteor On Board Training Review
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Offset Grapple
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Attached Phase Operations review
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup
  • Water Recovery and Management (WRM) Waste Water Bus (WWB) Recombine with Isolated Condensate Tank
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference(S-band)
  • SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (Individual strategy test)
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hygiene Procedures
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Preparation for the experiment
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Tenso- and thermoalgometry mode measurements. Closeout Ops
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure Algometry Measurement Ops Tagup with specialists
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Tenso- and Thermoalgometry setup and measurement session
  • Routine Maintenance of H2O [КВ], Air Pressure [КН], and Drainage [КД ]Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks
  • Sampling atmospheric condensate [КАВ] upstream of СРВ-К2М БКО (Water Purification Column Unit), configuration set up, sampler installation (drink bag)
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] to БКО [СРВ-К2М], removing sampler, equipment disassembly
  • Collecting condensate water samples [КАВ] to [СРВ-К2М] БКО, sampler replacement
  • Maintenance closures of Vozdukh emergency valves
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Sampling Condensate Water [КАВ] from СРВ-К2М before ФГС – Sampler removal, Disassembly Sample transfer from Condensate Water [КАВ] container to a drink bag, Closeout Ops
  • Visual inspection and leak check, using US leak detector ULD in the orbital compartment [БО] of Soyuz №739. Report to MCC during comm pass
  • Inspection and photography of ПГО-ГА rigid air duct latches