ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/07/2020


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.

JEM Payload Laptop Terminal (PLT3/PLT4) Swap: The crew performed the necessary steps to swap the PLT3 (payload laptop terminal) and PLT4 to support upcoming ELF (Electrostatic Levitation Furnace) and Space Studio Kibo science.  ELF is currently hosting NASA’s Round Robin investigation which seeks a better understanding of how to measure liquid metal properties.  Space Studio KIBO is a broadcasting studio that is constructed and operated in the Japanese Experiment Module that can support livestream activities, interactive entertainment, and communication from space.

Radi-N2 Retrieval and Handover: The crew retrieved eight neutron bubble detectors and pouches from the MSRR (Materials Science Research Rack) rack front deployed location and handed them over to the Russian crew for processing.  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.


Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Sample Analysis: Today the crew completed post processing analysis of the coliform detection bags. The water samples were acquired on GMT 218 and allowed to incubate to check for the presence of Coliform bacteria. Following the incubation period, the crew visually analyzed the coliform detection bags and recorded the results. Visual confirmation must be performed within 40-48 hours of the initial sample collection.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Max CEVIS Consumables Kit Reorganization
  • JEM Bag 14 Audit
  • EVA Safety Tether Cable Inspection

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

  • RGA 2 Shutdown after RGA Characterization
  • CCS Monthly File D/L
  • PCS Reboot and PCS Log File Downlink
  • PLUTO H/W Consolidate Part 2 (on-going)

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 8/8 (GMT 221)

  • No utilization activities


  • Crew Off Duty 

Sunday, 8/9 (GMT 222)

  • No utilization activities


  • Crew Off Duty

Monday, 8/10 (GMT 223)

  • Biolab BGB Health Check
  • Droplet Formation Study
  • TReK Laptop Deploy 


  • SAW Mast Starboard Survey

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

  • ТБУ (Universal Bioengineering Thermostat). Checking ТБУ-В No.07 thermostat temperature and unobstructed area near ТБУ-В inlet/outlet vents
  • JEM Payload Laptop Terminal 3 (PLT3) and Payload Laptop Terminal 4 (PLT4) Swap
  • Laptop RSK1 battery checkout
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference (S-band)
  • ISS repress using air from Progress 448 (SM Aft) СрПК Section 2
  • RS trash gathering for disposal via HTV9
  • Installation of СУБА cables for Payload Server Unit (БСПН) commanding via Payload Interface Monitoring Unit (БКИПН) (SM Terminal Computer [ТВМ1-Н])
  • URAGAN Ops. Installation and activation of Auto Orientation System for Video Spectral Equipment (SOVA) and photo equipment
  • Installation of video cable between Broadband Communication System (ШСС) connectors
  • Russian Video Recording of Greetings
  • Droplet Formation Study Test Operations 11 & Water Charging
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements
  • Monthly health check of RS video recording equipment
  • Radi-N Detector Retrieval/Readout
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R.  Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters from USOS
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • Space Acceleration Measurement System Screen Cleaning
  • Benzene Chip MELFI Insert
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Glacier 4 & 5 Desiccant Swap
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Relocate
  • Space Automated Bioproduct Lab 3 Unit Relocate