ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/28/2020


Combustion Integrated Rack/Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (CIR/ACME)/BRE-2: The crew exchanged a GC (gas chromatograph) argon bottle and opened the valve on the 40% O2/60% N2 bottle on manifold 2.  This was performed in support of the continuing BRE part 2 (Burning Rate Emulator) investigation, which is one of the ACME suite of five gas combustion experiments.  The BRE experiment runs are focused on spacecraft fire prevention. More specifically, BRE’s objective is to improve our fundamental understanding of materials flammability and to assess the relevance of existing flammability test methods for low and partial-gravity environments.

EarthKAM/Node 2 setup: EarthKAM (Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools): The crew performed the setup and activation of the EarthKam hardware in Node 2. As of this report, 223 schools representing 19,822 students and 33 countries have signed up to request images.  This includes one Russian school with 150 students participating.  EarthKAM allows thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space crew’s perspective. Using the Internet, the students control a special digital camera mounted on-board the ISS. This enables them to photograph the Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other geographic items of interest from the unique vantage point of space. The EarthKAM team then posts these photographs on the Internet for viewing by the public and participating classrooms around the world.


Cygnus On-board Training: Today, the crewmembers scheduled to capture Northrop Grumman (NG)-14 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-14 (Cygnus) is currently scheduled to launch on October 1st and be berthed to ISS on October 4th.

Northrop Grumman (NG)-14 Arrival Preparations: In preparation for Cygnus arrival, currently planned for October 4th, the crew installed the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) in Node 1 Nadir hatch window and performed a video system checkout with the ground. The CBCS supports Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) mating alignment operations necessary to berth the Cygnus NG-14 capsule (S.S. Kalpana Chawla) to Node 1.

ISS Leak Isolation Operations: The crew ingressed the USOS segment today after spending the weekend in the Russian Segment to allow ground teams to monitor module pressures. The crew closed several module hatches on GMT 269 as part of a leak isolation test.  Following USOS ingress, the crew reactivated the Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) for operations and restowed items that were transferred to the Russian segment during the USOS isolation period.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Acoustic Monitor Static Deploy for PMD operations
  • USOS Isolation Restow
  • Extravehicular (EVA) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Hardware Gather
  • Weekly Cleaning
  • Starboard Crew Quarters (CQ) Clear
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 8 Swap
  • Columbus K-Bar Gather
  • PMM1O2 Cleanup Part 3

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

  • N1 CBCS Video Support
  • ATS PPL Update
  • OGA Activation
  • Shell Heater Cmding for EPS Max Power Test
  • Equinox Max Power Testing
  • USOS Module Re-Ingress Ground Support
  • Lab MCA Zero Calibration

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, 9/29 (GMT 273)

  • Astrobee On
  • Radi-N2 Retrieve


  • UPA Brine Filter Gather
  • Recycle Tank Drain/Fill
  • OBT Cygnus ROBoT SS
  • WHC Pump Separator R&R 

Wednesday, 9/30 (GMT 274)

  • HXP2 Safing Ops
  • Robo-Pro Rehearsal 2


  • OBT Cygnus Offset Grapple

Thursday, 10/1 (GMT 275)

  • Avatar-x setup
  • Astrobee Off 


  • EMU Loop Scrub
  • HMS PHS Exam
  • EMU Swap

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

  • Joining of ROS and USOS volumes
  • USOS Ingress
  • DC1+Progress #444 Volume Opening
  • ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM pass with the students of the International Aerospace School in Blagoveshchensk
  • Performing of MRM1 hatches opening
  • Galley Reactivation
  • Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Reactivation
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open/Close
  • USOS Item Transfer
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Valve Cover Photo
  • USOS Isolation Restow
  • Combustion Integrated Rack GC Bottle Replacement
  • PILLE dosimeters readings taking. Memory card replacement
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Photo Assist
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Bottle Valve Open
  • JEM Camera Robot Preparation for Robo-Pro Challenge Final Round
  • N1 Nadir Hatch to Unlatch Hardstop
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) and Vestibule Outfitting Equipment Gather
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout
  • ISS RS Window Glass Inspection and Photography – [ВЛ1], [ВЛ2] in MRM2 and [ВЛ1] in DC1
  • Regular Maintenance of Broadband Comm System (ШСС) MDM Vent Screens and [ВОЛ] Equipment Fan
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
  • EarthKAM Node 2 Setup and Activation-Russian
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • Test activation of Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valve [АВК СОА] using spares
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
  • Astrobee Stowage Clear
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Ops
  • Preparation for Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Laptops