ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/28/2019

Astrobee: The crew participated in an Astrobee conference, then assisted with collecting data inside the JEM for localization. Today’s tests were relatively advanced compared to previous tests. They involved undocking/docking, as well as several series of maneuvers including multiple 360 degree turns. Astrobee is a series of three free-flying, cube-shaped robots which are designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in microgravity to assist astronauts with routine chores, and give ground controllers additional eyes and ears on the ISS. The autonomous robots, powered by fans and vision-based navigation, perform crew monitoring, sampling, logistics management, and accommodate up to three investigations. 

EXPRESS Rack 1 (ER1) Acoustic Check: In response to the previously reported noise in the ER1 area, the crew checked ER1 Acoustic Levels while turning off the ER1 Avionics Air Assembly (AAA) Fan. During the troubleshooting, feedback from the crew indicated the noise persisted and was coming from ER2 rather than ER1 as previously believed. The AAA is the Avionics Air Assembly high speed fan that provides cooling air to the rear of the locker locations in the rack. The EXPRESS Racks support science experiments in any discipline by providing structural interfaces, power, data, cooling air, cooling water, and other items needed to operate science experiments in space. 

Human Research Facility (HRF) Rack Handle Replacement: The crew performed the HRF Rack 1 and 2 drawer handle replacement activities. There was some difficulty encountered with one of the handles and the ground team is assessing a forward plan. The HRF rack support human life science research that evaluates the physiological, behavioral, and chemical changes induced by space flight. Experiments that use the capabilities provided by the racks will produce data to help scientists understand how the human body adapts to long-duration space flight. 

JAXA Educational Payload Operations (EPO) Dry Run: Using the JEM camera Robot free flier, the crew performed a dry run for an educational live event by United Arab Emirates crewmember. This activity is currently scheduled for the end of Increment 60. JAXA EPO activities demonstrate artistic activities on board the ISS/JEM to enlighten the general public about microgravity research and human space flight.

MVP-Cell-02 Install: In response to difficulties retrieving data from some of the modules, today the crew swapped some of the modules as a troubleshooting step. The Experimental Evolution of Bacillus subtilis Populations in Space: Mutation, Selection and Population Dynamics (MVP Cell-02) investigation seeks to understand how organisms adapt to the space environment, an important component of future space exploration. Microbes may play fundamental roles in the development of biologically-based closed-loop regenerative life support, in-situ resource utilization, and will have extensive interactions with human and plant hosts. Further, microbes may pose challenges through virulence and contamination, and as nuisance factors such as biofilms in water supply and ventilation systems. 

Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor (SCRAM) Grab Sample Collection-LAB: In support of the SCRAM experiment, the crew collected an ISS atmosphere sample using a Grab Sample Container within two meters of the Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor. This Grab sample can be subsequently analyzed on the ground for data comparison purposes. The Spacecraft Atmosphere Monitor investigation demonstrates the capabilities of a small, reliable, portable gas chromatograph mass spectrometer instrument aboard the ISS to conduct major and minor elements of air measurement (Nitrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide, Methane, Water, etc). The instrument transmits data back to the ground research team every two seconds, providing a continuous analysis to the ground research team. 

Post International Docking Adapter (IDA)3 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Activities: The crew performed post EVA ionic and particulate filtration and biocidal maintenance of EMUs 3006 and 3008 cooling water loops. This is required for long term health monitoring and maintenance of EMUs. They also returned tools used during the EVA to their nominal location.

Columbus (COL) Condensate Water Separator Assembly Desiccant Module Replacement: The crew completed corrective maintenance activity that removed and replaced the Condensate Water Separator Desiccant Module. Assessments performed after the 2016 and 2018 inspections revealed traces of condensing inside CWSA’s cover. Based on these findings, a change of the maintenance requirement has been implemented with a planned maintenance every 12 ± 3 months. 

Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Updates: The crew incorporated updated depress, fire, equipment retrieval and ammonia response procedures to support 59S on MRM2 and 60S on SM Aft. This was required following 59S relocation from SM Aft to MRM2 and 60S docking to SM Aft instead of MRM2 as originally planned.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Operations: Following the successful release of SpaceX-18 Dragon, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was maneuvered as required to walk off onto the Mobile Base System (MBS) Power & Data Grapple Fixture 1 (PDGF 1). Next, the Mobile Transporter (MT) was translated to Worksite 2 and performed an imagery survey of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) Payload.

Robotic Work Station (RWS) Monitor Reconfiguration: During the SpX-18 capture debrief, the crew noted scratches & degradation on the Cupola RWS Monitor protective covers, affecting visibility. They suggested swapping the Cupola monitors with those from the Lab RWS, which are in much better condition. Today, the crew worked to swap two of the monitors between the Lab and Cupola RWS.  Additionally, one Cupola RWS Monitor was replaced with a new spare.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Astrobee battery ops
  • AstroPi IR check #2
  • ISS Experience spacesuit & EVA recording
  • MVP Cell-02 install

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • EVA Loop Scrub Assist
  • SSRMS Operations in support of upcoming MBSU IFM  (In Work)

Look Ahead:

Thursday, 8/29 (GMT 241)

  • Biolab maintenance
  • Food Acceptability
  • Fluid Shifts
  • ISS Experience
  • Kubik
  • NutrISS
  • RR hab restock and access unit clean
  • Slime check
  • Team Task Switching
  • Vascular Aging


  • EVA tool deconfig
  • JEMAL valve box remote controller frame swap prep

Friday, 8/30 (GMT 242)

  • CBEF cable check
  • Fluid Shifts
  • Veggie questionnaire
  • Microgravity Crystals
  • NutrISS
  • Space Moss maintenance
  • Standard Measures
  • Team Task Switching
  • Vascular Aging


  • Crew half duty day off

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

  • JEM Airlock Depressurization
  • MRM1 (MRM2) Comm Config
  • RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter Preparing Cuvette No.1 kit Mfr. No.05 for the activity. Setup of 3D-Magnetic Bioprinter for operation
  • JAXA EPO Procedure Review
  • TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Initiation
  • TOCA Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter Experiment Session 3.  Setup at ambient temperature
  • SODF EMER-1a and EMER-1c updates
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JAXA EPO Dry Run
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter Preparation of Cuvettes No.1 kit Mfr. No.07 for the activity and setup in ТБУ-В No.07
  • JEM Camera Robot Closeout
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops
  • HTV PROX C/O Review
  • HTV PROX Switch ON
  • NOD3F3 Intra-Module Ventilation Screen R&R Pre-Safing
  • Node 3 Forward 3 IMV Inlet Screen Remove and Replace
  • Soyuz 743 БО Transfers and IMS Ops
  • JEM Airlock Vent
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Express 8 Laptop Reboot
  • JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter Measuring temperature in Cuvettes No.1 Mfr. No.07 kit inserted in ТБУ No.07
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter Removal of Cuvettes No.1 Kit Mfr. No.07 from from ТБУ No.07. Shaking cuvettes No.1-1  No.1-6. Tagup with specialists
  • Astrobee Crew Conference
  • Astrobee Free Flyer Localization and Mobility Ops Part 1
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Up
  • Fluid Shifts Dilution Measures Setup
  • FOTOBIOREACTOR. Transfer of Biomodule kit in ТБУ-В No.07 (+4 deg С). ТБУ-В No.05 Deactivation
  • ISPYTATEL. ЗУКТ Exoskeleton Setup and Testing
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Cell-02 Remove
  • Microgravity Crystals Payload Review
  • ISS Crew Handover Questionnaire
  • Soyuz 743 БО Transfers and IMS Ops
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Express Rack 1 Acoustic Check
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • HTV PCS HCP Checkout (Side B)