ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/31/2020


BioMole: The crew performed BioMole part 3 of the science session, which consists of preparation of the previously amplified DNA (DeoxyriboNucleic Acid), followed by sequencing using the MinION.  The BioMole Facility non-culture based samples are capable of providing microbial identification on-orbit within days of sampling.  The goal of this tech demonstration is to conduct comparative analysis for possible replacement of current microbial monitoring systems. 

Droplet Formation Study (DFS):  The crew performed the setup and initiation of recording for additional runs of the DFS investigation.  Data will be archived by an alternate method which will actually result in a quicker delivery time to the experiment team.  Droplet Formation Studies in Microgravity (Droplet Formation Study, or more simply DFS) evaluates water droplet formation and water flow of Delta Faucet’s H2Okinetic shower head technology.  To conserve water, flow rates in shower devices have been reduced, but this lower flow rate also reduces the effectiveness of these devices and often causes consumers to take longer showers, undermining the goal of using less water. Gravity’s full effects on formation of water droplet size are unknown, and research in microgravity could help improve the technology, creating better performance and improved user experience while conserving water and energy. 

Radi-N2 deploy: Following initialization and handover from the Russian crew, all eight bubble detectors were deployed in the US Lab Panel 1S4 location.  They will remain in this location for a week to collect data on the neutron radiation environment in that location.  The objective of this Canadian Space Agency investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment, define the risk posed to the crew members’ health, and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future spaceflight.  It’s been recognized that neutrons make up a significant fraction (10-30%) of the biologically effective radiation exposure in low-Earth orbit.  The bubble detectors used in the investigation are designed detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.


On-Board Training (OBT) Crew Dragon Depart Review: In preparation for their departure from ISS, the crew completed this proficiency training covering the departure profile, crew procedures, interfaces, nominal and off-nominal actions. SpaceX Demo-2 is currently planned for undock on Saturday, August 1 at 6:34 pm CT with splashdown on Sunday, August 2 at 2:42 pm CT.

Cabin Fan Assembly 1 (CFA1) R&R Closeout Operations: Today the crew completed the final closeout activities after successfully installing the new cabin fan in the CO1D1 rack yesterday. As part of closeout, the crew installed the vacuum and vent hose, the high speed camera and the Electromagnetic Levitation (EML) sample chamber back into the experiment module. The R&R activity required approximately a half hour to perform but equipment had to be removed to allow rack tilting to access the fan. The suite of activities was subdivided across three consecutive days.

Crew Dragon Prepack Transfer: The crew continued to perform Dragon cargo transfer operations. Ground teams estimate approximately 1 hour remains to complete available cargo ops.  The remaining time will be performed per dedicated activities on undock day. 

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Crew Dragon Tablet Sync

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

  • C2V2 Checkout
  • Ground Support for JEM RMS Ops
  • LAB S6 CCAA TCCV Troubleshooting

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 8/1 (GMT 214)

  • BioMole Stow
  • GLACIER Transfer 


  • Emergency Equipment Transfer
  • Dragon Cargo Ops/Closeout
  • Dragon IDA Egress
  • Dragon Undock 

Sunday, 8/2 (GMT 215)

  • No Utilization Activities 


  • Crew Off Duty 

Monday, 8/3 (GMT 216)

  • MELFI Icebrick insert
  • Plant Hab-02


  • EHS Benzene CMS Operations
  • IFM N1 Filter R&R

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

  • Droplet Formation Study Water Charging Test Operations
  • ТБУ. Check ТБУ-В #07 Thermostat Temperature and Keep Out Zones in front of ТБУ-В Inlets and Outlets
  • SCENARIO. Observation and Photography of Catastrophic Events and Their Impact
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Biomole Maintenance Work Area Prep 2
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • MELFI 2&3 Ice Brick Insert 3
  • Transfer Crew Dragon Forward Prepack
  • ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
  • On-Board Training (OBT) Crew Dragon Depart Review
  • Charging D4 Battery for return
  • ШСС Video Server Setup and Test
  • ASEPTIC. Surface Sample Collection and Start of Air Samples Collection.
  • Post-Installation ШСС Video Server Test
  • Elektron-VМ post-deactivation purge
  • DUBRAVA. Observation and Photography using [BCC] Equipment
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons & Handover
  • MATRESHKA-R. BUBBLE Dosimeters Setup, Activation, Deployment and Handover to USOS
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Node 2
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Don Orthostatic Intolerance Garment (OIG) & Doff
  • Connecting Hose EDR LUDP
  • Polar Cygnus Uninstall, Transfer, And EXPRESS Rack Install
  • Crew Dragon Seat Actuator Checkout
  • Crew Dragon Hand Held Gas Detector Battery Swap & Stow
  • Vacuum Cleaning of the FGB ГА and [ВТ-7] Screen on ГЖТ4 behind Panel 108 in the FGB
  • Installation of EML Sample Chamber & High Speed Camera
  • BioMole MELFI Retrieve
  • URAGAN. SOVA Equipment and Photo Equipment Setup/Activation (with closeout/teardown)
  • Gather D4 Battery for visiting vehicle return
  • Astrobee Off
  • OBT debrief conference for after DM-2 OBT events related to departure
  • Dragon Departure Conference