ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/04/2020

Cerebral Autoregulation: The crew performed a Cerebral Autoregulation data session using the Cardiolab Portable Doppler (CDL PDOP) and the European Physiology Modules Facility Continuous Blood Pressure Device (EPM CBPD). As the body’s most important organ, the brain needs a strong and reliable blood supply, so the brain is capable of self-regulating blood flow even when the heart and blood vessels cannot maintain an ideal blood pressure. The Cerebral Autoregulation investigation tests whether this self-regulation improves in the microgravity environment of space. 

Bio-Monitor: The crew changed out the wearable body monitors as part of the hardware swap during a 48hr data recording session. The doffed garment was allowed to dry and then stowed. Although the ISS is equipped with health and life sciences research tools, the existing instrumentation for continuous and simultaneous recording of several physiological parameters is lacking. To tackle this issue, the Bio-Monitor Commissioning activity tests the Bio-Monitor facility; a wearable garment capable of monitoring relevant physiological parameters for up to 48 hours in a non-invasive and non-interfering way.  The physiological parameters which can be monitored consist of heart rate, respiration rate, Electrocardiogram (ECG), skin temperature, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, etc.

NanoRacks External Cygnus CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD): The crew installed the NRCSD-17 mission CubeSats deployer onto the JEM MPEP (Multipurpose Experiment Platform) in preparation for next week’s deployment operations. Nine satellites will be deployed for this NRCSD mission. The quad deployer will launch SOCRATES, Argus-02, HARP, RadSat-u and Phoenix. The Triple deployer will launch SORTIE, QARMAN, CryoCube and AztechSat-1. The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer is a stackable, modular, ground loaded launch case.  Each NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer accommodates up to eight launch cases are stacked for each JEM Airlock opening. The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer meets the growing demand to deploy CubeSat format satellites from the International Space Station for a variety of customers.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Protein Crystallization Growth (JAXA-PCG): The crew retrieved the PCG 17 samples and placed them in the FROST2 cold stowage facility in preparation for 59S return. The objective of the JAXA PCG investigation is to grow high quality protein crystals in microgravity. The crystals are returned to Earth to determine protein structures in detail; the structures are used to develop pharmaceutical drugs, and to explore the mystery of our lives. The protein samples are launched to the ISS by a Soyuz or Progress Vehicle, and crystallized at 20℃ using the counter-diffusion method.

Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL): The crew swapped out the CO2 incubator controller in the SABL-3 unit. 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.


In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Port and Overhead Cleaning: A USOS crewmember cleaned the Overhead and Port CQ today. During this activity, the crew cleaned behind panels, intake and exhaust ducts, fans and airflow sensors as required.

Cygnus On-board Training: Today, the crewmembers scheduled to capture NG-13 (Cygnus) performed a Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) session. ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback. NG-13 is currently on track to launch on February 9th and be berthed to ISS on February 11th.

Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review: All 61S crewmembers participated in this required training. Some of the topics covered were crew accountability during emergency situations, escape vehicle readiness, ISS Commander responsibilities and safe haven plan.

Columbus (COL) Centralized Cabin Filter (CCF) R&R: A USOS crewmember gathered equipment and replaced the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) CCF in the COL Cabin Heat Exchanger (CHX) located in the COL1D1 Forward Rack.

Completed Task List Activities:

Standard Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC1

Station Support Computer (SSC) 16 Shell Swap

Crew Quarters Fastener Audit

AC Dry Vacuum Cleaner Debris Bag and filter R&R

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • HTV PROX Activation & Checkout

Wednesday, 2/5 (GMT 036) – Midday Nap and 59S Departure

  • BioMonitor wearable removal and stow (CSA)
  • Probiotics Capsule stow (JAXA)
  • Standard measures ambient blood collect (NASA)
  • Confined Combustion Ops (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • JEM A/L depress for NanoRacks CubeSats (NASA)
  • Food Physiology sample collect and Processing (NASA)
  • Functional Immune Questionnaire (NASA)
  • AWP Watch Doff (NASA)


  • 59S Soyuz Undock/Landing
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Self Study Session
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Maintenance
  • Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Filter Remove and Replace (R&R)
  • JEM Stowage Consolidation for NG-13

Thursday, 2/6 (GMT 037) – Off Duty Long Sleep

  • HRF urine collect (NASA)


  • No activities scheduled

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • Functional Immune Saliva Collection Dry Book
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Survey
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Collection
  • Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Cartridge, initiate
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion Operations
  • Probiotics Saliva Operations
  • Probiotics Saliva Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ [КОВ] for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ (flush water container)
  • HTV PROX Switch ON
  • Probiotics Question
  • Photo TV Battery Charge Initiation
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Iridium 9505A phone: setup, start charge
  • Cerebral Autoregulation Data Measurement
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Samsung Tablet after OBT, end recharge
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Iridium 9505A Phone, Battery Status Check
  • Recharging Soyuz 746 Iridium 9505A phone – Photography of configuration setup, disconnect the charge, disassemble the setup and stow
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC1
  • LBNP Training (CLOSEOUT)
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Stow
  • ESA Crew Conference with two way Audio and video
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection
  • Cerebral Autoregulation Closeout
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Stow
  • Bio-Monitor Data Unit Battery Replacement And Synchronization Using Bio-Monitor App
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Port Cleaning
  • Sanitary & Hygiene Status Monitoring
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • Perform a Test of EDV 1257
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • 120 to 24 VDC Conv Cable Connection
  • HTV PROX Switch OFF
  • Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, CO2 Incubator Installation
  • NREP XF305 Video Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Microbial Sample Collection
  • NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Installation on the MPEP
  • Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Setup
  • COL1D1 cargo cleanup and stowage retrieval from COL1D2, PMM.
  • Columbus Centralized Cabin Filter R&R
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • COL1D1 restore Rack Front and stow items per Stowage Note
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Overhead Cleaning
  • Food Physiology Fecal Reference Material Review And Sample Collection Hardware Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Hardware Setup
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Change Out
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • STRUKTURA.  Deactivation of crystallization process
  • STRUKTURA.  Post-deactivation photo
  • JAXA PCG Sample Retrieval B for 59S return
  • STRUKTURA.  Pre-pack Luch-2 kit for return on Soyuz 746
  • JAXA PCG Sample Handover
  • KRISTALLIZATOR. Inspection and reception of PCG samples, pre-packing for return on Soyuz 746
  • KRISTALLIZATOR. Photo of PCG Kits Handover
  • Soyuz 746 Stowage Ops for Return
  • Signing ISS RS Handover Protocol
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Stow
  • Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Absorption Cartridge, terminate