ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/16/2018

Progress (71P) Launch:  71P successfully launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 12:14PM CT.  71P will be performing a 34 orbit rendezvous with ISS, which sets the stage for docking on Sunday at 1:29PM CT.  

Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Integration:  The crew performed tasks to install work volume filters, deploy the LSG Laptop, and made rack-to-rack connections to EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments for Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 4. The LSG was then successfully commissioned by ground teams. 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. 

Meteor:  The crew removed and replaced the hard drive in the Meteor laptop. 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. 

Veggie-03:  Veggie-03 plants were checked for growth progression and watered as necessary.  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.

Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10) Cygnus On-board Training:  Today, the crew performed a second training session utilizing the Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT). ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback. NG-10 Antares 230 Rocket is on track to launch on Saturday, November 17 at 3:01AM CT.  Cygnus capture is planned for Monday, November 19 at 4:20AM CT. 

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • CBCS Checkout Support
  • LSG Commissioning

Three Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 11/17:

  • None


  • Housekeeping
  • NG-10 Launch at 3:01AM CT
  • OBT TORU Conference

Sunday, 11/18:

  • None


  • 71P Docking at 1:29PM CT

Monday, 11/19:

  • Probiotics Sampling
  • Veggie-03 Plant Check


  • Cygnus Rendezvous, Capture, Berth, and Ingress

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

  • Making a documentary about life onboard the ISS
  • R PAO event report preparation
  • SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo (Task list)
  • Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Integration
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Preparation for the Experiment
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (MO-3 Test in Passive Mode) Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintanence
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) and Vestibule Outfitting Equipment Gather
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops. Tagup with specialists
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hygiene Procedures
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout
  • Replacement of the control Laptop RS1 with the control Laptop RS3
  • LSG Glove Port Removal and Install
  • HRF Supply Check
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Polar Cygnus Uninstall, Transfer, And EXPRESS Rack Install Review
  • Vacuum Cleaning area behind panels 405, 406 and MRM1 Interior
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
  • PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Glovebox-S Setup
  • Ghost camera setup in Cupola
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Setup and moding ТБУ-В No.05 to +4 deg С
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus
  • Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
  • Cygnus Capture Review
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
  • LSG Work Volume Stow
  • VEG-03G Plant Check/Water
  • Overlay Camera Calibration
  • Rodent Research Hardware Wanted Poster