ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/19/2018

Northrop Grumman 10 (NG-10):  NG-10 Antares 230 Rocket successfully launched on Saturday, November 17 at 3:01AM CT from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  Once in orbit, Cygnus S.S. John Young performed a series of phasing burns over the course of two days to rendezvous with ISS. The crew successfully captured Cygnus with the Space Station Remote Manipulation System (SSRMS) today at 4:28AM CT. Once captured, they handed off control of the SSRMS to ground Robotics Controllers who then maneuvered the vehicle to the Node 1 nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) interface where it was securely bolted to the ISS. Once the CBM bolting operations were complete, the crew and ground teams worked together to perform Node 1 CBM vestibule pressurization followed by hatch opening and ingress at 11:17 AM CT. NG-10 brings ~3266 kg of cargo to ISS. 

Progress (71P) Docking:  Following Friday’s launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, 71P successfully performed a 34 orbit rendezvous with ISS and automatically docked to the Service Module Aft docking port on Sunday, November 18 at 1:28PM CT. The hatch was subsequently opened later that same day. 71P brings ~1404 kg of cargo to ISS.

Probiotics: Today the crew collected samples in support of the ongoing Probiotics investigation.  Some species of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella grow stronger and more virulent in the microgravity environment of space. At the same time, the human immune system is weaker in space, leading to increased health risks. The objective of the Probiotics investigation is to study the impact of continuous consumption of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) on immune function and intestinal microbiota in astronauts in a closed microgravity environment.  The results of this investigation may be used to support improvements in crew members’ intestinal microbiota and their immune function on long-duration space missions. 

Veg-03: The Veg-03 plants were checked for dryness, watered as necessary, and imagery was taken of the overall Veggie facility with the bellows up.  Per recent reports from the team, there are currently have 3 healthy plants and 3 delayed plants growing in the 6 plant pillows.  Veg-03G is currently in a 28 day growth cycle which began on October 25 for the Red Russian Kale and Dragoon Lettuce plants. The primary goal of the Veg-03 G/H/I testing is to demonstrate plant growth in the Veggie hardware using leafy green vegetables as a test crops. 

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus Berthing and CBM Operations

Two Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 11/20:

  • Probiotics (continuing)
  • BCAT-CS all sample photo
  • MERLIN4 status check


  • Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • Cygnus Emergency Review OBT

Wednesday, 11/21:

  • At Home in Space
  • MERLIN4 status check
  • Nanoracks Platform 1
  • JEMAL/Loop Heat Pipe retrieval
  • Probiotics (continuing)
  • Veg-03 plant check


  • Cygnus Cargo Operations

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

  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • R PAO event report preparation
  • Downlink Images of Berthing Cone Interior Surface
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Configuration
  • Cygnus PCS Command and C2V2 Link Verification
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Powerup
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Cygnus/Node 1 Pressurization and Leak Check Preparation
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
  • Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cuopla on SSC power recording
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach
  • Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Cygnus Capture
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Deployment Operations
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations
  • Probiotics Item Gathering
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample Operations
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Ghost camera teardown in Cupola
  • Node 1 Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Removal
  • Cygnus/Node 1 Pressurization and Leak Check
  • PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Visual Inspection with Photography
  • PRODUTSENT. Installation and Activation of [ТБУ-В] Thermostat #2 at +29°C
  • Remote Workstation Monitor HD Video Downlink Deactivation RWS.
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Cygnus Video Setup
  • Photography of Traces Left by the Active Docking Mechanism Probes on the SM Aft Passive Mechanism Receiving Cone
  • Node 1 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting, Part 1
  • Checking БД-2 Treadmill Carriage Position. Photograph [БД-2] Carriage Position Relative to the Pullout Roller by Lifting БД-2 Shield. Downlink Images Node 1 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting Part 2
  • PRODUTSENT. Retrieval from ТБУ-В #05 (+4°С) Thermostat and Transfer to ТБУ-В #02 (+29°С)
  • Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Rotation and Closeout
  • PRODUTSENT. Photography of Bioekologiya Case in ТБУ-В #02 Thermostat
  • Cygnus Ingress
  • Air Sample Collection Using AK-1M Adsorber in Cygnus (NG-10) Prior to Air Duct Laying
  • Progress 440 (DC1) Transfers of Priority and US Cargo Items, and IMS Ops
  • Cygnus Cargo Photo
  • VEG-03G Plant Check/Water
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Ops