ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/12/2021


Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME):  A crewmember replaced the ACME Thermocouple Array with the ACME Chamber Insert partially installed in the chamber. The ACME Chamber was re-Inserted into the chamber, and the crew replaced three ACME controllers. The ACME project is a set of six independent studies of gaseous flames to be conducted in the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR). ACME’s primary and secondary goals are (1) improve fuel efficiency and reduce pollutant production in practical combustion on Earth, and (2) spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability.

GITAI S1 Robotic Arm Tech Demo:  A crewmember installed the NanoRacks GITAI hardware into the NanoRacks Air Lock (NRAL). GITAI S1 Robotic Arm Tech Demo (NanoRacks-GITAI Robotic Arm) demonstrates the versatility and dexterity in microgravity of a robot designed by GITAI Japan Inc. For the demonstration, the robot conducts common crew activities and tasks via supervised autonomy and teleoperations from the ground. Robotic labor could reduce the cost of spacecraft operations and improve safety by taking on tasks that could expose crew members to hazardous risks.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Public Relations Activity (JAXA EPO):  A crewmember recorded a video interview with QuizKnock, a YouTuber. The video taken will be posted in November. The JAXA EPO includes conducting cultural activities such as writing reports about and filming video of activities aboard the ISS. These tools can help inform the public about the importance of the ISS, JAXA’s Kibo module, and human spaceflight.

Maritime Awareness:  A crewmember removed and stowed the Maritime Awareness payload hardware. Nearly all commercial ships on the world’s oceans are being tracked and monitored using the Automatic Identification System (AIS), but the curvature of the Earth blocks the signals when ships are far from shore. The Global AIS on Space Station (GLASS) (Maritime Awareness) investigation uses a space-based AIS receiver system on the International Space Station (ISS) to acquire and disseminate ship information. During a 12-month test period, the system’s ability to continuously monitor ships for use in commercial, safety and security, environmental, and educational applications is investigated. Should the test period prove successful, the AIS data will be made commercially available.

NanoRacks Airlock (NRAL):  A crewmember installed four IP Cameras into the NRAL. The NanoRacks Bishop Airlock (NanoRacks Airlock) is the first-ever commercially owned and operated airlock on the International Space Station. It provides a variety of capabilities including jettisoning of payloads such as CubeSats, deployment of external payloads, support for small exterior payloads and locker-sized internal payloads, recovery of external on-orbit replaceable units (ORUs), and the ability to move hardware outside in support of extravehicular activities (EVAs). It is approximately five times larger than the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock so it can accommodate more and larger payloads. The Airlock’s capabilities support many different types of scientific investigations.

NanoRacks CubeSats Deployer-21 (NRCSD-21):  A crewmember took photos of the Satellite deployments. The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) is a self-contained CubeSat deployer system that mechanically and electrically isolates CubeSats and has been in operation since 2014. NRCSD-21 will be launching CAP Sat (Cooling, Annealing, and Pointing Satellite), PR-CuNa R2 (Puerto Rico CubeSat NanoRocks-2), and SPACE HAUC (Science Program Around Communications Engineering with High Achieving Undergraduate Cadres).

Ring Sheared Drop:  A crewmember removed the existing syringe and test cell and installed a new syringe and new test cell into Ring Sheared Drop hardware in MSG Work Volume. The Ring Sheared Drop investigation examines the formation and flow of amyloids without the complications associated with the solid walls of a container, because in microgravity, surface tension provides containment of the liquid. Fibrous, extracellular protein deposits found in organs and tissues; amyloids are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Results could contribute to better understanding of these diseases as well as to development of advanced materials.

Vascular Aging:  A crewmember initiated a 13-hour Blood Pressure measurement session by setting up the data session on the Mobil-O-Graph unit, the EPL laptop, and then donned the arm cuff hardware.  The crewmember also performed the setup for the Bio-Monitor garment and headband for data gathering during the sleep period.  Emerging data points towards linkages among cardiovascular health risk, carotid artery aging, bone metabolism and blood biomarkers, insulin resistance, and radiation. Data indicates that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crew members are analyzed. 


Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis & Data Record: Crew performed an analysis of the water processing assembly (WPA) using the TOCA. The TOCA unit oxidizes organic carbon species present in the water to carbon dioxide gas and measures the concentration using nondispersive infrared spectroscopy. Analysis of the potable water using the TOCA occurs on a weekly basis. The crew replaced the TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) just prior to the sample collection to preclude overfill.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Ground Control CubeSat Deployment
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table Extension to JEF side
  • JEM Airlock Capture Mechanism Capturing
  • Video System Port 1 Upper Outboard Luminaire Checkout
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table Retraction from JEF side

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, October 13 (GMT 286)

  • CIR Manifold 2 and 4 bottle exchange (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • Immersive Exercise session (ESA)
  • ISS HAM pass (NASA)
  • ManD print remove and stow
  • MMA to PLT3 adapter fix
  • POLAR desiccant swap
  • Standard Measures Saliva, body and fecal collect and presleep question (NASA)
  • Vascular Aging Blood Pressure Changeout (CSA)


  • Cargo Ops
  • EMU HUT Degas
  • Dragon Undock Prep
  • XF705 Camcorder Deploy
  • JPM Smoke Detector Cleaning
  • COL Hardware Trash
  • JSL 20-Port Switch

Thursday, October 14 (GMT 287)

  • Behavioral Core Measures ROBOT test (NASA)
  • CIR manifold 4 bottle exchange (NASA)
  • GLACIER desiccant swap
  • IPU2 Camcorder connect (JAXA)
  • POLAR desiccant swap
  • Standard Measures Saliva, body and fecal collect and presleep question (NASA)
  • TOILET PT tank install
  • Vascular Aging monitor data transfer and stow (CSA)


  • JSL 20-Port Switch
  • Clear Temperature and Humidity Control Keep Out Zone
  • Spaceflight Participant Cupola Escort and Familiarization
  • Cargo Ops
  • PAO Events
  • Setup XF305 Camcorder for real-time downlink
  • JEM Stowage Consolidation

Friday, October 15 (GMT 288)

  • Behavioral Core Measures test (NASA)
  • Immersive Exercise VR system charge
  • JAXA Video Take 10 (JAXA)
  • LSG port cycle
  • NanoRacks CubeSat-21 Deployer removal (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Saliva collect and Cognition test (NASA)
  • STPH5 – ICE Photo (NASA)


  • Spaceflight Participant Cupola Escort and Familiarization
  • XF705 Camcorder Deploy in JEM
  • Airlock Closeout Panel A/L1D0 Installation
  • Cargo Ops
  • EVA Battery File Transfer
  • Stall Handrail Offset Bracket Installation

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

  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion Operations
  • Vascular Aging 13-Hour Blood Pressure Monitoring Initialization
  • Troubleshooting activity for the VR Headset
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Gather
  • Vascular Aging 13-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring Crew Time Payback
  • Urine Transfer System Offload EDV Swap
  • JAXA Video Taking Part 9
  • IPU2 Checkout Part 1 Closeout
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing
  • NanoRacks NRAL GITAI Hardware Gather
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • GITAI XF305 Video Setup
  • NanoRacks Air Lock (NRAL) IP Camera Installation
  • ISS HAM Columbus Pass Kenwood
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Setup
  • MPCC DEMO Laptop De-installation
  • Columbus COL1D4 labels covering
  • CMAU Initial Installation
  • Vascular Aging Bio-Monitor Big Picture Words Review
  • Bio-Monitor Hardware Setup
  • NanoRacks CubeSat Deployment Photos
  • ODF update on iPad and Samsung tablets
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Hydrogen (H2) Foam Swap
  • BIOS Setup of the Columbus Monitoring and Administration Unit
  • Software Image Installation on the Columbus Monitoring and Administration Unit
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Verification of correct Software Installation and reboot of the Columbus Monitoring and Administration Unit (CMAU) laptop
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Chamber Open
  • NanoRacks Air Lock (NRAL) GITAI Installation
  • LUMINA data transfer and parameters changes with EveryWear
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • ACME Chamber Insert Configuration
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Setup
  • Light Ions Detector Data Acquisition Unit Move 2
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Wireless VR Headset charging for Immersive Exercise
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Close
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • Light Ions Detector Data Acquisition Unit Return 2
  • Ring-Sheared Drop Syringe and Test Cell Removal and Install
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Return
  • RSD MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Vascular Aging 13-hour Blood Pressure Monitoring Mobil-O-Graph Unit Power Off
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes