ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/18/2020


Astrobee: The crew powered up the Astrobee free flyers and cleared away and stowed items within the JEM module in preparation for Astrobee flyer operations. Astrobee is made up of three free-flying, cube-shaped robots which are designed to help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in microgravity to assist astronauts with routine chores, and give ground controllers additional eyes and ears on the space station. The autonomous robots, powered by fans and vision-based navigation, perform crew monitoring, sampling, logistics management, and accommodate up to three investigations.


HTV9 Unberth: Today, both the crew and ground controllers worked together to prepare the HTV9 for unberth.  The crew activities included a Node 2 vestibule configuration for demate, followed by the depress of the Node 2 deck vestibule using the Pressurized Management Device (PMD).  The ground team utilized the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to maneuver the HTV9 vehicle for release from the ISS.  The crew completed release of HTV9 at 12:36 pm CT and atmospheric reentry over the south Pacific is planned for Thursday morning.

Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection: Today, the crew performed the periodic PEP inspection, which involves utilizing a PEPs matrix and inspecting various emergency provisions such as the Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE), Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA), Quick Don Mask (QDM), and Extension Hose Tee Assemblies at multiple locations throughout the space station.  The crew spends several minutes on each item and notes any visible damage.  Inspections are performed routinely to ensure the PEPs are in good operational condition.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Made In Space Wrench Historical Photo
  • Structures & Mechanisms (S&M) Vestibule Barrier Assembly Audit

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

  • Ground support for HTV9 Unberth/Release
  • IAS Russian Comm Config for MRM Ops
  • Vacuum Exhaust System PGT sensor bias update

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, 8/19 (GMT 232)

  • JPM Handheld Exp Adapter Plate & MPEP Removal (JAXA)


  • Recycle Tank R&R
  • TOCA PFU3 Cycle 

Thursday, 8/20 (GMT 233)

  • Myotones Ops (ESA)
  • Astrobee Off & JEM Cargo Replacement (NASA)


  • Isolation Prep/Gather

Friday, 8/21 (GMT 234)

  • Radi-N2 Retrieve (CSA)


  • WHC Ops Break
  • Isolation Prep/Gather
  • Hatch Closure 

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

  • Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС] laptops anti-virus scan and report
  • Node2 HD Camera On
  • Pressure Management Device (PMD) Equipment Setup Part 1&2
  • ТБУ (Universal Bioengineering Thermostat). Checking ТБУ-В No.07 thermostat temperature and unobstructed area near ТБУ-В inlet/outlet vents
  • HTV Vestibule Configure for Demate – Part 2
  • Filling (degassing) of ЕДВ-СВ or ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron-VM
  • [СТТС] Reconfiguration for MRM2
  • Deinstallation of a 3-m electrical umbilical and harness-insert in DC1 and installation in MRM2
  • Photo TV Robotic Workstation (RWS) Monitor High Definition (HD) Setup
  • N2 Deck MPEV open/close
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Session
  • Progress 444 (DC1) Transfers (ПТАБ-1М and БУПТ-1М) and IMS Ops
  • VIZIR. Conducting Coordinate Referencing System – Smart Drawers (СКП-УП) PL Session
  • Spill Purification Column Unit (БКО) water for Elektron-MV and Condensate Water Recovery System [СРВ-К2М]
  • Preparation for replacing Storage Battery Current Converter ПТАБ-1М (А308) and Current Converter Controller БУПТ-1М (A408)
  • LSG LLC Software Update
  • TERMINATOR. Closeout ops with Terminator-Nadir Electronics Unit. Turn off the electronics unit (БЭ)
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Monitoring closed covers on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
  • Astrobee Stowage Clear
  • Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection
  • MSS HTV Release Setup
  • HTV Departure Preparations
  • SSRMS HTV Release and Departure Monitoring
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Remote Workstation Monitor HD Video Downlink Deactivation RWS.
  • URAGAN. Installation and activation of Auto Orientation System For Video Spectral Equipment (SOVA) and photo equipment
  • Pressure Management Device (PMD) Teardown
  • Restow Node 2 Nadir Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK)
  • Power up Soyuz 745 Angular Rate Integration Unit (БИУС)
  • Astrobee On
  • URAGAN.  SM Window No.9 cover opening