ISS Daily Summary Report – 09/30/14

Rodent Research:  The Crew set up and configured the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and installed various tools, supplies, and equipment in preparation for future planned Rodent Research activities.

Micro-8:  Gerst terminated Micro-8 Group Activation Packs (GAPs) C,D,E,F,G.  GAP’s D,E,F,G will be returned to Commercial Generic Biologic Apparatus -5  (CGBA-5) to await packing for SpaceX-4 return.  GAP C will be inserted into the General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER) frozen cold stowage.  Micro is a biology experiment which will expand our understanding of the fundamental basis of how space flight affects the biological and molecular functions of the cell and the molecular mechanisms by which cells and tissues respond to spaceflight conditions.

RapidScat:  On day two of external payload transfer operations, Robotics Ground Controllers removed the RapidScat Instrumentation Assembly from the SpaceX-4  Dragon trunk and installed it to the RapidScat Nadir Adapter on the Columbus Exposed Facility Unit (EFU). The transfer of the instrument only used 2 hours 20 minutes of its 4 hour thermal clock. No issues were encountered.  ISS-RapidScat is a space-based scatterometer that measures wind speed and direction over the ocean, and is useful for weather forecasting, hurricane monitoring, and observations of large-scale climate phenomena. The ISS RapidScat instrument enhances measurements from other international scatterometers by cross-checking their data, and demonstrates a unique way to replace an instrument aboard an aging satellite. 

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  The crew performed several tasks today in preparation for EVA 27, which will relocate a Pump Module (PM) and install the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly (MTRA) on October 7th and EVA 28 which will change out a Sequential Shunt Unit on October 15th.  Gerst, Wiseman and Wilmore set up the Equipment Lock, Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs) and ancillary hardware to support EVA preparations.  Wiseman performed conductivity tests on the EMU water samples collected during yesterday’s EMU loop scrubbing activities. Wiseman and Gerst also obtained measurements to support EMU fit checks planned for tomorrow and completed a review of the EVA worksite and translation paths. Wilmore reviewed the robotics support procedures for EVA 27 and initialized another charging cycle for the Long Life Batteries (LLBs).

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS):  This morning, CEVIS experienced an issue that prevented the Crew from being able to pedal forward.  After some troubleshooting, Ground teams determined that a change out of CEVIS hardware components would be necessary. Later in the day, the crew replaced the CEVIS Ergometer and Inertial Vibration Isolation System (IVIS) Boxes. Once the change out activity was complete, Gerst successfully checked out CEVIS by exercising for approximately 30 minutes. 

Due to the unscheduled work performed on CEVIS, several activities were deferred from today’s plan. These activities include: MTRA preparation, EVA Caution & Warning System On-Board Training (OBT), SpaceTex, and Robotic software review for Gerst and Wiseman.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities have been completed unless otherwise noted

  • HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
  • Hematocrit. Test
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Hematocrit. Hardware Stowage
  • SM window Nos.6,8,9,12,13,14 shutter closure
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters
  • Video Camera Assembly (VCA1) Adjustment
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • ZEBRA – Samples Retrieval from MELFI, water sampling, measurements, and MELFI sample insertion
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment
  • Checking condition and cleaning ТГК 714 and MRM2 hatch sealing mechanism drives after docking
  • VIRTUAL. Experiment Ops
  • RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Rodnik БВ2 Tank Bladder Compression
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • SAFER – Training
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Familiarization with Auxiliary Computer System.
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • EVA Procedure Review
  • MTRA Unpack and Prep  [Deferred]
  • DOUG Software Review [Deferred]
  • SpaceTex [Deferred]
  • ECWS (OBT) [Deferred]
  • 24-hour BP Monitoring (terminate)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • 24-hour BP Monitoring (start)
  • RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
  • БКИПН. БКИПН (ТВМ-1Н) R&R r/g Review
  • ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization OBT
  • BRIC19-CAN- Activation
  • BRIC – Photography
  • Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Rodnik БВ2 Bladder Compression Closeout Ops
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • EMU LIB battery Charge (end)
  • EMU Battery/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation
  • CIR – Hardware Setup

Completed Task List Items

  • ISS Crew Handover [In Work]
  • CMS-T2 Assembly Part 1
  • CMS-T2 Assembly Part 2
  • CMS-T2 Assembly Part 3

Completed Ground Activities

  • Rapidscat Instrument Assembly Removal from SpX-4/Dragon
  • Rapidscat Instrument Assembly Installation onto COL EFU
  • ATV Propellant Transfer

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 10/1:  EMU Fit check, PCSC Sample Prep, IMAK Unpack
  • Thursday, 10/2:  Zebrafish water quality measurment, EVA MTRA Prep, Emer H/W  Fam, BRIC-19 activation
  • Friday, 10/3:  USOS Crew Half Duty Day, PGS PEU insertion, Drug Metabolism Biocell, EVA ECWS OBT

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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