ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/22/2020


Materials Science Laboratory- Sample Cartridge Assembly-Gravitational Effects on Distortion in Sintering (MSL SCA-GEDS)-German: The crew performed the activities needed to exchange the processed science sample cartridge assembly (SCA) with a new SCA for run C3. Liquid phase sintering is an important means to fabricate net-shape composite materials for applications over a range of industries. The science of liquid phase sintering is about 50 years old, but practice dates from the 1400s when gold was used to bond platinum in Columbia and Ecuador. Today, it is a mainstay in a diversity of fields, such as metal cutting tools, armor piercing projectiles, automotive engine connecting rods, and self-lubricating bearings. Future applications include use of liquid phase sintering as a means to perform in-space fabrication and repair, and for example using lunar regolith to fabricate structures on the moon or using metal powder to fabricate replacement components during extraterrestrial exploration. The MSL SCA-GEDS-German experiment focuses on determining the underlying scientific principles to forecast density, size, shape, and properties for liquid phase sintered bodies over a broad range of compositions in Earth-gravity (1g) and microgravity (μg) conditions.

Capillary Driven Microfluidics: The crew performed a plate changeout in order to begin the 3rd cartridge run. Capillary-Driven Microfluidics in Space (Capillary Driven Microfluidics) examines the drawing of fluids into a tiny narrow tube in microgravity. Results may improve current mathematical models and understanding of microfluidic systems and improve fluid control in various devices. Diagnostic devices require separation of blood cells and plasma, which have different densities, and the absence of sedimentation and buoyancy-driven convection in microgravity improves the efficiency of this separation.

RED-EYE: The crew depressed the JEM airlock in preparation of the JEM slide table extension. The Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) will capture and then maneuver the REDEYE-3 satellite for deployment. The RED-EYE program develops and demonstrates technologies which increase the utility of low-cost microsatellites using the Kaber Micro Satellite Deployer attached to the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM).


S6 Battery Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  Today, the ISS crew continued preparing for the upcoming S6 battery upgrade EVAs by performing an equipment lock prep activity for Extravehicular Activity Mobility Units (EMUs) 3004 and 3006.  Additionally, procedure reviews and a procedure conference were also completed by the ISS crew and ground support teams.  The first of two S6 channel 1B battery EVAs is planned for June 26, 2020.

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)9 Cargo Operations: Today, the crew continued to perform HTV9 cargo transfer operations.  Ground teams estimate ~8 hours of cargo operations remain to complete available cargo ops.

Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Maintenance:  Today, the crew removed and replaced (R&R) the WHC Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter.  After replacement, a functionality test of the WHC was performed and the WHC was declared operational. During previous maintenance, crew discovered precipitates in the pre-treated urine lines downstream from the WHC Pump Separator. Prior to the R&R, the crew inspected the lines to ensure precipitates had not returned to the WHC.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • EVA Airlock Unstow Part 2
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Power Cycle

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

  • Robotics SPDM Targetless Grasp Demonstration
  • ATS PPL Update
  • Airlock LTL initiation
  • Parallel DDCU Reconfiguration

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, 6/23 (GMT 175)

  • REDEYE-3 Deploy Imagery


  • Acoustic Monitors Surveys 

Wednesday, 6/24 (GMT 176)

  • FSL SMD sample exchange (ESA)
  • Space Studio KIBO laptop setup (JAXA)
  • CDM Plate Changeout (NASA)
  • EM Hardware Stow (NASA)


  • HTV Cargo Ops
  • OBT Med Contingency Drill
  • EVA Safer C/O
  • EVA Suit IV Review
  • EVA Cuff Print 

Thursday, 6/25 (GMT 177)

  • RADIN Deploy (ESA) 


  • EVA Tool Audit
  • EVA Procedure Review/Conference
  • EVA Equipment Lock Prep Pt 2
  • EVA PGT Battery Install

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

  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Crew Worn Measurements
  • JEM Airlock Depressurization
  • PK-4 data hard drives exchange
  • VECTOR-T. Installation of Nikon till Camera on window No. 9, settings adjustment, start imagery+C19. Setup and Checkout
  • Capillary Driven Microfluidics Plate Changeout
  • Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Configuration
  • Packing of PK-4 Hard Drives inside Bubble Wrap Bags for return stowage on Soyuz
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Hose Inspection
  • Configuration Setup and SW Installation on RS Remote LP
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) & Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace with Pre-Treated Urine Inspect
  • Testing RS Remote Laptop with Central Post Computers КЦП1 and КЦП2 in USOS
  • ISS repress with O2 from Progress 443 (DC1) СрПК Section 1
  • Material Science Laboratory Big Picture Words & Operations Review
  • Transfer Operations – Pack and stow items on HTV
  • Material Science Laboratory SCA Exchange NB1#4
  • Photo/TV JEM HDSDI Cable Swap
  • [СТТС] comm assets switchover to the primary string
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Anti-Virus Software Update
  • Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop
  • SSC-16 Logout
  • Routine monthly maintenance of BRI
  • Cleaning Nikon still camera Digital Image Sensor
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review & Conference
  • Current converter fan (ВПТ) screen cleaning
  • Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [СМОК], preparation
  • Fan screen cleaning in MRM1 (group В)
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Equipment Lock Preparation Part 1
  • Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap
  • Preparing for SW Antivirus Scan on Auxiliary Computer System Laptops