ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/08/2019

SpaceX (SpX) Crew Dragon Demonstration 1 Undock and Splashdown: Following five days docked to the ISS, today the SpX Crew Dragon Demo 1 successfully undocked. Physical separation occurred at 1:32 AM CT with splashdown within the anticipated landing zone in the Atlantic Ocean at 7:45 AM CT. SpX’s two recovery ships were positioned nearby to recover the spacecraft and return it to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. 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 the crew initiated 3 runs of group 4 for the PK-4 study, performed a chamber cleaning and deinstalled the video monitoring equipment. PK-4 is a scientific collaboration between the ESA 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. Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL): The crew completed teardown of the Microscope hardware from the SABL-E2 unit in preparation for upgrading Lab ER-1 with an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) next week. The Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL) supports a wide variety of experiments in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has over 23 liters of temperature-controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and experiments. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 for cell cultures and has 2 USB 2.0 ports and 2 Ethernet LAN connections. It also has switchable 28vdc and 5vdc power supplies for experiment use. Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Today the crew completed an On-orbit Fit Check Verification (OFV) for ExtraVehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3008 in support of upcoming P4 Integrated Equipment Assembly (IEA) Channels 4A and 2A Battery EVAs planned for March 22 and 29. Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities: All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • SpX undock activities
  • EMU 3008 OFV

Look Ahead:   Saturday, 03/09 (GMT 068): Payloads:

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


  • EMU Li-Ion battery charge initiate
  • Weekly housekeeping 

Sunday, 03/10 (GMT 069): Payloads:

  • Off-duty 


  • Off-duty 

Monday, 03/11 (GMT 070) Payloads:

  • Glacier4 Desiccant swap (NASA)
  • Circadian Rhythms (CSA)


  • None – crew off duty

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

  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Dragon Forward ISS Video Setup
  • Dragon Foward Departure Monitoring
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • PK-4 data hard drives exchange
  • Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (ГЖТ) Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
  • Water Recovery and Management (WRM) Waste Water Bus (WWB) Split
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Session
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 4/1
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Microscope Hardware Teardown
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 4/2
  • Node2 Forward Stowage Restow Part 1
  • PCS Laptop Relocate
  • Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection
  • PK-4 Experiment Run 4/3
  • Dragon Forward Monitoring Tools Teardown
  • Dragon Forward – Station Support Computer Relocate
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Equipment Lock Preparation Part 1
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • EMU OFV Extravehicular (EV)
  • EMU OFV Intravehicular (IV)
  • PK-4 Chamber Filling with Cleaning Gas
  • PK-4 Video Monitor Deinstallation