ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/14/2023


Actiwatch-Plus: Actiwatch units were hooked up to the HRF-1 rack for charging and data downlink. The Actiwatch-Plus is a waterproof, non-intrusive, sleep-wake activity monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember and contains a miniature uniaxial accelerometer that produces a signal as the subject moves. The data is stored in non-volatile memory within the Actiwatch until it is downloaded for analysis.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device – Kinematics (ARED-K): The ARED-K Multi-Use Bracket restraints were retrieved and the laptop battery was swapped and charged. The ARED-K investigation assesses the current exercise programs to allow for the improvement of exercise prescriptions by conducting a biomechanical analysis of exercise on the ARED onboard the ISS.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR): The CIR Input/Output Processor was rebooted using different hard drive configurations. Unfortunately, the troubleshooting steps to recover the processor were not successful. The CIR includes an optics bench, combustion chamber, fuel and oxidizer control, and five different cameras for performing combustion investigations in microgravity.

JAXA Media Take: JAXA Media Take 1 was performed. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Public Relations Activity (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, the JEM, and human spaceflight.

JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS): Water samples from the electrolysis water tank were taken. The JWRS demonstrates that potable water can be generated from urine. In the past, urine and wastewater were collected and stored, or vented overboard. However, for long-term space missions, water supply could become a limiting factor. Demonstrating the function of this water recovery system on orbit contributes to updating the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) to support astronauts on the space station and future exploration missions.

Sleep in Orbit: Crew Sleep in Orbit data recording was completed for pre-sleep and post-sleep sessions, and the EveryWear questionnaire was completed. The Long-term Sleep Monitoring Before, During and After Extended Spaceflight (Sleep In Orbit) investigation studies the physiological differences between sleep on Earth and in space using ear-EEG (electroencephalography) based sleep monitoring.

Vascular Aging: Glucose measurement protocols were completed. Data indicates that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crewmembers, 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, samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crewmembers are analyzed.

Z-Camera Virtual Reality (ZCAM VR) Livestream: ZCAM VR Livestream hardware was gathered per stowage note for upcoming operations. Felix & Paul Studios (FPS) ZCAM VR Livestream demonstrates livestreaming of 360-degree virtual reality video from the ISS to audiences on the ground. The project uses hardware that recorded 4K immersive video and audio for “Space Explorers: ISS Experience,” adding new software capabilities and an expanded ground segment. The VR livestream provides people on the ground the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of crew members on the orbiting lab.


European Drawer Rack 2 (EDR2) Operations: Yesterday, the crew transferred the EDR2 rack from its temporary location at NOD2D2 to COL1A2 in preparation for activation and checkout for upcoming science on NG-20. Today, the crew performed the umbilical mate of EDR2 to COL1A2, the laptop virtual machine setup and activation, file copy and terminal preparation, IP address reconfiguration, and relabeling of the stowage sectors. An EDR2 file transfer activity was unable to be completed due to unexpected troubleshooting.

ISS Crew Arrival Preparations: The crew prepared for the upcoming 70S arrival. On Friday, September 15th at 10:44 AM CDT, 70S is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome carrying NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub. Docking to the MRM1 docking port is planned to occur later that day at 2:09 PM CDT after completing a 2-orbit rendezvous.

Cygnus Power Down Converter (PDC) Enable: Today, the ground team enabled the Cygnus PDCs that supply ISS power to Fault Isolation Zone 3 (FIZ3). The PDCs are now considered as recovered. On August 9th, NG-19 experienced a disabling of both PDCs on FIZ3. This malfunction did not affect the functionality of FIZ3 and the vehicle was switched to onboard solar array and battery power.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • HRF Rack 1 & 2 Powerup & Powerdown
  • CIR IOP Boot Check
  • Cygnus PDC Enable
  • PPS SARJ Lock
  • MLM IWIS RSU Checkout
  • EDR2 Auxiliary Power Activation/Deactivation

Look Ahead Plan

Friday, September 15 (GMT 258)

  • ARED-K Science Run
  • CBEF-IUP-2 Connect
  • HRF Collections
  • MUSES Server Vent Clean
  • Z-Camera Hardware
  • EHS BioMole Part 3


  • 70S Launch and Docking
  • DOSIS PDP Relocation to COL1A2
  • CASA Outfitting for Crew Sleep
  • EHS BioMole Preparations & Sequencing
  • IFM CQ Starboard Cleaning

Saturday, September 16 (GMT 259)

  • CIPHER Exam-1 Operations
  • HRF Collections
  • THOR-Davis Session
  • Z-Camera Drive Remove and SSC Return


  • Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • LOAC Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • WHC Manual Fill

Sunday, September 17 (GMT 260)

  • No Payload Crew Activities


  • Crew Off Duty

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

  • HRF Generic Sample Collection and MELFI Insertion
  • JWRS Sample Collection & MELFI Insertion
  • EDR2 Umbilical Mate at COL1A2
  • ROBot Laptop Start Up
  • 70 Soyuz Bag Stage
  • ARED-K Multi Use Bracket & Surface Pro 5 Keyboard Retrieval
  • JAXA Media Taking Part 1
  • COL Payload Laptop Installation and Start of EDR2 Virtual Machine
  • Copy of Files from Perspective USB Key to the EDR2 Virtual Machine
  • Setting of Termite on the EDR2 VM
  • ISS Crew Departure Preparation
  • IFM CQ Battery Remove and Replace
  • CIR Hardware Gather, I/O Processor Boot Check, & Hardware Return
  • Actiwatch Plus HRF Rack 1 Setup, Swap & Stow
  • CMS ARED Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • OBT ROBoT T&C Self Study
  • EDR2 IP Address Modification
  • File Transfer Between EDR2 Virtual Machine and PCCU
  • Crew Arrival Preparations
  • Astrobee Parching Arm Removal
  • EDR2 Monitoring Tables Update
  • ELF Sample Cartridge Installation
  • EDR2 Virtual Machine Shutdown and Deinstallation of COL Payload Laptop
  • Immunity Assay Kit Gathering
  • EDR2 Stowage Sectors Relabel
  • Hatch Seal Inspection
  • EVA Battery Operations Terminal Procedure Print & Charge Initialization
  • Install Li-Ion Batteries into Battery Stowage Compartment
  • Mochii Fan Vent Cleaning
  • RFI Logistics Reader Lab Troubleshooting
  • CAL Power LED Check
  • Axiom Cosmic Multishield LED Check
  • USOS Window Shutter Close