ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/01/2020


Astrobee: The crew powered on the Astrobee system, and the ground team performed a series of file transfers and commands.  The goal was to perform several tasks as a continuation of the checkout for the upcoming Robo Pro Challenge.  The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Robo-Pro Challenge), also known as Kibo-RPC, allows students to create programs to control Astrobee, a free-flying robot aboard the International Space Station (ISS). This opportunity provides hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and mathematics in space and inspires the next generation of explorers. This activity is based on Japan-U.S. cooperation through the Japan-US Open platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3).

Avatar-X Setup: The crew performed part 1 of the setup for the Avatar-X system.  This involved installing the Avatar-X camera to the JEM airlock handrail.  Setup will continue next week.  JEM Commercial (Avatar-X, or Kibo Avatar-X) demonstrates remote robot technology, Avatar-X, a 4K Camera, a new encoding method developed by ANA HOLDINGS INC. (All Nippon Airways). A user on Earth remotely controls a camera, installed near the window of the Japanese Experiment Module, to see the view from space.

Nanoracks Platform-2 (PF-2) Troubleshooting: In response to communication issues first seen on 24-September, the crew performed a more in-depth troubleshooting of the connections from Platform-2 to the EXPRESS rack.  Unfortunately, they encountered what Nanoracks believes is a failed computer in PF-2 and were not able to recover it.  The Nanoracks ground team is discussing a forward plan.  Nanoracks Platforms are multipurpose research facilities on board the ISS. Nanoracks Platforms support Nanoracks Modules in the CubeSat form factor by providing power and data transfer capabilities to operate investigations in microgravity. 

Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL3) Controller Swap: The crew performed the steps necessary to replace the currently-installed CO2controller with another unit.  The current CO2 controller is having difficulty reaching the 5% concentration set point needed for upcoming experiment activities.  SABL supports a wide variety of experiments in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has over 23 liters of temperature controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and experiments. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 for cell cultures and has two USB 2.0 ports and two Ethernet LAN connections. It also has switchable 28 Vdc and 5 Vdc power supplies for experiment use.


Max Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS): The crew completed Max CEVIS today which is used by the medical community to evaluate astronauts’ aerobic fitness. The test is performed every 90 days and upon the crew’s arrival and departure from the ISS.

Periodic Health Exam (PHS): Today the crew completed a periodic health evaluation. During the evaluation, vital signs are obtained and an ear examination is conducted by taking images of the tympanic membranes and the external ear. The data and imagery is then downlinked for review by a medical specialist. This is the final PHS for the 62S crew prior to their return home.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pump Separator Replacement:  Today the crew replaced the pump separator (MHP-HC) in the Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC). Since September 12, the WHC check separator light has illuminated numerous times, an indication the pump separator was approaching its end of life and would likely fail in the near future. Ground specialists opted to preemptively remove and replace (R&R) the pump instead of running the hardware to failure in anticipation of upcoming vehicle traffic. Following the R&R, the pump separator and WHC System are performing nominally.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Quarterly Inspection
  • Portable PFS PuFF Volume Calibration Syringe Maintenance

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

  • Electrical Power System (EPS) Solar Array Maximum Output Test
  • Thruster disable for 75P Hatch Closure
  • ATS PPL Update
  • Shell Htr commanding in support of Max Power Test
  • LS FDIR inhibit/enable during thruster disabled period
  • Atmosphere Revitalization System (ARS) Thermal Amine Vent
  • IAS RS to USOS Comm Config for MRM Ops

Look Ahead Plan

Friday, 10/2 (GMT 276)

  • Echo Hard Drive Install
  • Payload NAS Vent Clean
  • Robo-Pro Checkout 


  • Cygnus Capture Rvw
  • Cygnus Cargo Rvw/Conf
  • PCS Relocates
  • Cygnus ROBoT OBT – Session 2 

Saturday, 10/3 (GMT 277)

  • Astrobee Off


  • Crew Off Duty

Sunday, 10/4 (GMT 278)

  • No Utilization Activities


  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Configuration
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach
  • SSRMS Cygnus Capture
  • Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Removal
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Cygnus Video Setup
  • Vestibule Outfitting
  • Cygnus Ingress
  • Cygnus Cargo Photo 

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
  • URAGAN. SOVA PL and photo equipment closeout ops and stowage
  • Avatar-X Setup
  • NanoRacks Platform-2 Troubleshooting
  • WHC Pump Separator R&R
  • [СТТС] comm configuration for MRM1
  • SEPARATION. Urine distillation in auto mode using [СРВ-У-РС] urine water regeneration system.
  • Glacier 2 Desiccant Swap
  • INTER-MAI-75. Moding HAM Radio Hardware to SSTV with deactivation/cleanup
  • Conference with Search and Rescue Team (ГПСК)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – Subject
  • Vacuum cleaning ventilation grilles on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – Crew Medical Officer (CMO) [ABORTED]
  • Weekly c/o of RS video recording equipment
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Subject
  • IMPACT. Photography of IMPACT plate No.1 from DC1 EVA hatch 1 window.
  • Vacuum cleaning dust collectors ПC1, ПС2 filter cartridges in FGB (panels 203, 403)
  • SEPARATION. Collecting condensate (water) sample from ЕДВ-Д
  • Progress 444 (DC1) Rodnik H2O Tank 2 Shell Compression w/ Closeout Ops
  • VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Ops
  • Astrobee On
  • URAGAN. Installation and activation of Auto Orientation System For Video Spectral Equipment (SOVA) and of photo equipment
  • Space Automated Bioproduct Lab, CO2 Incubator Swap