ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/26/14

38 Soyuz (38S) Status:  38S is performing nominally following launch yesterday afternoon.  38S was originally planned to dock to the ISS to last night following a 4-orbit rendezvous plan.  The Soyuz was unable to perform the DV3 burn at the planned time and the 4-orbit rendezvous was down-moded to a 34-orbit rendezvous.  Tracking of 38S shows the vehicle in the expected trajectory to complete a 34-orbit rendezvous.  The cause of the delay in the DV3 burn is under investigation.  38S docking is now scheduled for tomorrow, March 27 at 6:58pm CDT, with hatch opening at 9:40pm CDT.

X2R12.1 Software Transition Delay: Transition to the X2R12.1 software suite was scheduled to begin today but was deferred due to the Soyuz docking delay.  The transition is now scheduled for no earlier than post docking Thursday. Ground specialists are reviewing options for a new transition schedule.

Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD) Session: ISS Commander (CDR) Wakata set up the SLAMMD hardware and then took body mass measurements for his fifth of six SLAMMD sessions. The SLAMMD hardware follows Newton’s Second Law of Motion by having two springs generate a known force against a crewmember mounted on an extension arm, the resulting acceleration being used to calculate the subject’s mass. The device is accurate to 0.5 pounds over a range from 90 pounds to 240 pounds.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: ISS CDR Wakata removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, which isolated the rack and allowed ground teams to start another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. The fuel mixture will consist of 25% Propanol and 5% glycerol for this test point with fuel droplets ranging between 2-4 mm depending on the Payload Investigator’s (PI’s) test matrix. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Water Container (EDV) samples: Flight Engineer (FE) Mastracchio collected samples from three EDVs that had been filled with Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) pretreated urine.  These samples will analyzed by ground teams following return to  help identify whether microbial growth could be contributing to the recent off-nominal performance of the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA).

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • CMS PFE Subject [Complete]
  • CMS PFE CMO [Complete]
  • Regen ECLSS PTU Sampling equip gather  [Complete]
  • ISERV Lab Window shutter open  [Complete]
  • CMS T2 monthly inspection  [Complete]
  • HRF1 SLAMMD setup  [Complete]
  • Body Mass Measurement Subject  [Complete]
  • Body Mass Measurement CMO  [Complete]
  • HAM Radio power up  [Complete]
  • CIR Align Guide removal  [Complete]
  • BASS H/W repair/checkout MWA prep  [Complete]
  • HRF1 SLAMMD stow  [Complete]
  • PAO HD Config LAB setup [Aborted]
  • PAO HD event [Aborted]
  • Regen ECLSS PTU EDV sampling  [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO Replace
  • WHC EDV Replace
  • EHS CSACP Battery Build
  • EVA UIA Filter Flash R&R  [Complete]
  • IFM MELFI Insulation Install [Complete]
  • HMS Med Kit Photos
  • JPM1F6 ZSR audit [Complete]


  • Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 03/27:  38S Docking
  • Friday, 03/28: Crew off duty
  • Saturday, 03/29: Crew off duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up