ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/30/2020

Electro-static Levitation Furnace (ELF): The crew removed and cleaned sample cartridge #3 from the ELF and installed a new sample cartridge. The ground then initiated an experiment run. ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the electrostatic levitation method.  With this facility thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Confined Combustion: The crew continued the experiment using an acrylic sample with a combination of black and transparent baffles to ignite and observe combustion results. This project aims to study flame spread in confined spaces—specifically the interactions between spreading flames and surrounding walls. Flame spread in confined spaces (such as buildings and vehicles) may pose a more serious fire hazard than flame spread in open spaces because of acceleration caused by radiative heat feedback from the surrounding walls and a tunnel flow acceleration effect. However, several aspects of flame spread are difficult to study in normal gravity conditions. Gravity-driven buoyancy flow complicates the fire growth process and prohibits a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics. However, in microgravity, buoyancy is eliminated, allowing scientists to better study the physics of flame spread.

SlingShot: The crew completed the installation of the SlingShot Deployer onto the closed Cygnus hatch prior to Cygnus release. The Satellites will be deployed after the Cygnus is released from the ISS. Deployment is scheduled for GMT 032. SEOPS’ SlingShot is a small satellite deployment system that fits inside the Cygnus spacecraft’s Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (PCBM). SlingShot can accommodate up to 18 satellites that are deployed post Cygnus unberth.

Hourglass: The crew installed the Hourglass box into the CBEF 1g Centrifuge and the ground initiated an experiment run. The Hourglass investigation examines the relationship between gravity and the behavior of granular materials such as regolith that covers the surface of planets and planetary-like bodies. Researchers observe various granular materials inside an hourglass and a measuring cylinder under different gravity conditions. Better understanding of the behavior of these materials supports the design of spacecraft for future missions landing on the surfaces of planets and other celestial bodies.

Vascular Aging: The crew completed right leg femoral artery ultrasound scans and Blood Pressure measurements in support of the Vascular Aging Experiment. Emerging data point towards linkages among cardiovascular health risk, carotid artery aging, bone metabolism and blood biomarkers, insulin resistance, and radiation. Data indicate that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crew members are analyzed.


Northrop Grumman 12 (NG-12) Departure Preparation: Today, the crew closed the Cygnus hatch, installed the starboard and port Controller Panel Assemblies (CPAs), re-installed the Node 1 Nadir thermal cover and closed the Node 1 Nadir hatch. The crew then completed the Pressure Management Device (PMD) setup for the N1n vestibule depress tomorrow morning. Cygnus unberth is scheduled for tomorrow morning with release at 14:35 GMT (8:35 AM CT).

Completed Task List Activities:

  • OPTIMIS Tablet Troubleshooting
  • Cygnus Cargo Ops

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload operations support
  • Cygnus departure support

Friday, 1/31 (GMT 031)

  • Vascular Echo Leg Doppler scan (CSA)
  • DOSIS-3D passive detectors de-install (10 PDP and 1 TDP) (ESA)
  • HOURGLASS removal from CBEF (JAXA)
  • LSG Work Volume Illumination Trouble shoot (NASA)
  • CYCLOPS hardware JEM table retract and stow (NASA)
  • CBEF Disinfect prep and Humidifier 2 installation (JAXA)
  • JEMAL Slide Table retract and Cyclops hardware stow (NASA-JAXA)
  • Food Acceptability Survey (NASA)
  • VEGGIE Monitoring Review and surface Sample collect Photo (NASA)
  • MIS-RECYCLER Trouble Shooting (NASA)
  • CAL Fiber Inspection closeout (NASA)


  • 59S Crew Departure Preparations
  • Cygnus Command Link Verification
  • Cygnus Release Command and Monitoring
  • N1 Nadir VOK Stow
  • PMD Teardown 

Saturday, 2/1 (GMT 032) Crew Off-Duty

  • CIMON procedure review, unstow, battery charge and soundcam chk (ESA)
  • Probiotics Fecal collect (JAXA)
  • HRF Saliva setup (NASA)


  • 59S Crew Departure Preparations
  • Portable Computer System (PCS) Connect
  • ISS Housekeeping

Sunday, 2/2 (GMT 033) Crew Off-Duty

  • CIMON commissioning and Mood detect (ESA)
  • HRF Saliva collect (NASA
  • Vascular Aging Bio Monitor review (CSA)
  • LIDAL Orientation chk (NASA)
  • BioMonitor H/W setup (ESA)


  • 59S Hero-3 charging start/end

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

  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • Reminder Max CEVIS Exercise E-1
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • Reminder HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Reminder Probiotics Intake
  • Reminder Probiotics Operations
  • Reminder 2 Vascular Aging Resting Ultrasound Scan
  • Reminder 1 Vascular Echo Leg Doppler Measurement
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection OPS
  • Hourglass Box installation to Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF)
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Cygnus Egress
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Samsung PC after OBT, start recharge
  • PROBIOVIT. Glovebox-S Removal
  • Setup and Activation of Crew Onboard Support Kit (КСПЭ) Equipment for mpeg2 TV coverage of Wide Band Communication System (ШСС) Test
  • Locking Collar visual inspection and Retrieving Sample Cartridge 3 from Electrostatic Levitation Furnace.
  • ISS Experience Hardware Stow
  • Remove Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assemblies (CPA) Removal
  • Gathering and connecting КСПЭ hardware to ШСС video server.
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) sample Cartridge Cleaning
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Stow
  • SlingShot BPW and Procedure Review 2
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Personal Medication Stow
  • Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Rotation and Closeout
  • Vascular Aging Resting Ultrasound Scan
  • Cygnus/Node 1 Vestibule Configuration for Demate – Part 1
  • BIOCARD. Operator Assistance During the Experiment
  • BIOCARD. Experiment Session.
  • SlingShot Bracket Installation
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Sample Holder Exchange
  • Soyuz 746 Transfer Ops
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) sample Cartridge Installation
  • SlingShot Deployer Install
  • Vascular Aging CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement
  • PROBIOVIT. Deactivation of ТБУ-В No.04. Transfer of Probiovit kits No.3 and No.4 from ТБУ-В No.04 to ТБУ-В No.07 for stowage. Photography
  • SEPARATION. Activation of [СРВ-У-РС] system. Starting distillation cycles.
  • Test comm sessions via Luch-5V Relay Satellite (95°) and 2-way audio/video comm check with ШСС video server АРМ.
  • Confined Combustion Test Operations
  • INTER-MAI-75. Hardware Setup And HAM Radio Activation.
  • Closeout ops after comm sessions via Luch-5V (95°) relay satellite.
  • Troubleshooting FGB Power Supply System Filter Units (БФ-1М) and Main Bus Assembly (БСШ-1М), Preparation
  • Node 1 Nadir CBM Control Panel Assembly (CPA) Installation
  • Vascular Aging Ultrasound Echo
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Samsung PC after OBT, remove from charge
  • СОЖ Maintenance Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Cygnus/Node 1 Vestibule Configuration for Demate – Part 2
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Pressure Management Device
  • SEPARATION. Deactivation of [СРВ-У-РС] system. Log-file downlink.
  • SEPARATION. Collecting condensate (water) sample from ЕДВ-Д
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation
  • INTER-MAI-75. Equipment deactivation and cleanup
  • N1 Deck hatch MPEV open
  • Reminder 2 Vascular Echo Leg Doppler Measurement