ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/07/2019

SpaceX (SpX) Crew Dragon Demonstration 1 Departure Preparation: Today the crew performed refresher training in preparation for tomorrow’s Crew Dragon departure. In addition, they loaded final cargo, obtained closeout imagery, acquired samples of the atmosphere, then closed the hatches between ISS and Crew Dragon. Undocking is planned for Friday, March 8 at 01:26 AM CT with splashdown in the Atlantic Ocean taking place at ~7:45 AM CT the same day. This uncrewed flight test marks a significant step towards returning capability to launch astronauts on a U.S. built spacecraft from U.S. soil.

Plasma Krystall-4 (PK-4): Today a crewmember initiated three runs for group 3 of the PK-4 Experiment and reconfigured the hose connection to use the Neon Gas supply. PK-4 is a scientific collaboration between the European Space Agency and the Roscosmos, performing research in the field of “Complex Plasmas”: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas, and micron-sized particles.

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)-02:  A crewmember relocated the AMS laptop from the Lab Express Rack (ER)-1 to Columbus module ER-3. The move was required in preparation for upgrading Lab ER-1 with an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) next week. AMS-02 is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that uses the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe’s origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and measuring cosmic rays.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Crew Dragon / Node 2 Vestibule depressurization and successful leak check

Look Ahead:

Friday, 03/08 (GMT 067):

  • Standard Measures Questionnaires (NASA)
  • BCM Questionnaires (NASA)
  • PK-4 group 4 runs (RUS)
  • Microscope H/W teardown (NASA)


  • Dragon Undock and Splashdown
  • EMU 3008 On Orbit Fit Verification (OFV)

Saturday, 03/09 (GMT 068):

  • PK-4 Chamber Gas neon xchange and stow and Data HD changeout (RUS)
  • VEG-03H install (NASA-Virtual task list)


  • None

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

  • ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations
  • MegaHEPA Seal Remove
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • PK-4 data hard drives exchange
  • ALBEDO. Setup, VSS Imagery, Closeout Ops
  • Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules Hardware Setup
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 3
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) conference
  • Vozdukh Deactivation
  • Temporary Swap of Power Switching Unit БСК-0.5В #10Ю=А434 with БСК-1В #10Ю=А41.
  • Dragon Forward – Station Support Computer Relocate
  • Mating БИТС2-12 Telemetry Connector.
  • Dragon Forward Monitoring Setup in Cupola
  • Temporary Swap of Power Switching Unit БСК-0.5В #10Ю=А434 with БСК-1В #10Ю=А41. Closeout Ops.
  • SpX-DEMO1 Departure review CBT
  • VOZDUKH Atmosphere Revitalization Subsystem [СОА] Activation.
  • MELFI 2 Ice Brick Transfer
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 3
  • On-Board Training (OBT) SpX-DEMO1 OBT Conference after Departure CBT review
  • Recharging Soyuz 741 Samsung PC after OBT, start recharge
  • Weekly monitoring of video recording equipment performance on the ISS RS
  • Enviromental Health Systems (EHS) Air Quality Monitor (AQM) Relocation
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 3
  • Dragon-Forward Cargo Transfer Operations
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Dragon Forward Departure Photos
  • Recharging Soyuz 741 Samsung PC after OBT, remove from recharge
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Dragon-Forward Cargo Operations Conference
  • Dragon Forward Egress in Preparation for Departure
  • PMA2 Egress Desiccant install
  • AMS Laptop Relocate