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NASA Cargo Headed to Space Station Includes Important Experiments, Equipment

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Feb 19, 2017

Major experiments that will look into a range of scientific disciplines from human health to atmospheric conditions on Earth are on their way to the International Space Station following liftoff at 9:39 a.m. EST aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Read full story.

NASAs Juno Mission to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

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Feb 17, 2017

NASAs Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission. Read full story.

NASA to Televise International Space Station Cargo Ship Launch, Docking

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Feb 17, 2017

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the launch and docking of a Russian cargo spacecraft delivering almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station beginning at 12:30 a.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 22. Read full story.

NASA Selects Proposals for First-Ever Space Technology Research Institutes

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Feb 16, 2017

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system. Read full story.

NASA to Air Prelaunch Briefing, Launch of Next Space Station Resupply Mission

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Feb 15, 2017

NASA provider SpaceX is scheduled to launch its 10th Commercial Resupply Services mission to the International Space Station no earlier than 10:01 a.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 18. Live coverage of the launch will begin at 8:30 a.m. on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

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NASA Selects Proposals for First-Ever Space Technology Research Institutes

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Feb 16, 2017

NASA has selected proposals for the creation of two multi-disciplinary, university-led research institutes that will focus on the development of technologies critical to extending human presence deeper into our solar system. Read full story.

Texas Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on International Space Station

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Feb 7, 2017

Students from the Weslaco Independent School District in Weslaco, Texas, will speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:05 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 9. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

Experience NASA at Super Bowl LIVE Fan Festival in Houston

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Jan 24, 2017

Space exploration will feature prominently at Super Bowl LIVE, a nine-day fan festival running Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI. Read full story.

Oklahoma Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on Space Station

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Jan 24, 2017

Students from Jenks Middle School in Jenks, Oklahoma, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:35 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 26. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

Experience NASA at Super Bowl LIVE Fan Festival in Houston

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Jan 24, 2017

Space exploration will feature prominently at Super Bowl LIVE, a nine-day fan festival running Jan. 28 through Feb. 5 in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI. Read full story.

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Liftoff of SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon From Launch Complex 39A

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Feb 19, 2017

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is the company's 10th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station. Liftoff was at 9:39 a.m. EST from the historic launch site now operated by SpaceX under a property agreement with NASA. Read full story.

Falcon 9 Rocket With Dragon Spacecraft Vertical at Launch Complex 39A

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Feb 17, 2017

NASA provider SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are vertical at Launch Complex 39A at NASAs Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Liftoff of SpaceX's tenth Commercial Resupply Services cargo mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for 10:01 a.m. EST on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. Read full story.

Thomas Byrdsong, Aerospace Engineer at NASA Langley Research Center

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Feb 16, 2017

On March 2, 1963 Engineer Thomas Byrdsong checks the Apollo/Saturn 1B Ground-wind-loads model in the Transonic Dynamics Tunnel at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Read full story.

Glacial 'Aftershock' Spawns Antarctic Iceberg

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Feb 15, 2017

Pine Island Glacier has shed another block of ice into Antarctic waters. The loss was tiny compared to the icebergs that broke off in 2014 and 2015, but the event is further evidence of the ice shelfs fragility. Read full story.

Space Station Flight Over Venice

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Feb 14, 2017

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency shared this photograph from the International Space Station on Feb. 14, 2017, writing, "Venice, city of gondoliers and the lovers they carry along the canals. Happy Valentine's Day!" Read full story.

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ISS Daily Summary Report 2/16/2017

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Feb 16, 2017

Transition to (X2) R15 Software: As part of the R15 software transition, the Starboard 1 (S1) and Port 1 (P1) Multiplexer/Demultiplexers (MDMs) were transitioned to updated software S1P1 R6. Updates to the S1 and P1 MDMs include: Longeron Fault Detection Isolation & Recovery (FDIR) updates to protect for Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA) stall conditions Thermal Radiator Rotary Joint (TRRJ) shutdown sequence improvements TRRJ Toothcrash Recovery update This completed the X2R15 software load. Robonaut Troubleshooting: Today the crew continued with the debugging of the Robonaut Compact Peripheral Component Interconnect (CPCI) Power Supply fault. These activities built upon the troubleshooting performed on February 1 and other previous operations to remove cables, computer cards and investigate the intermittent fault the Robonaut is currently experiencing. Removal of all cards and an inspection of the CPCI chassis, where the computer cards were previously located, may also be required. Robonaut is a humanoid robot designed with the versatility and dexterity to manipulate hardware, work in high risk environments, and respond safely to unexpected obstacles. Robonaut is comprised of a torso with two arms and a head, and two legs with end effectors that enable the robot to translate inside the ISS by interfacing with handrails and seat track. Robonaut is currently operated inside the ISS; in the future, it will perform tasks both inside and outside the ISS. The Robonaut Teleoperations System enables Robonaut to mimic the motions of a crewmember wearing specialized gloves, a vest and a visor providing a three-dimensional view through Robonauts eyes. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Logistics Installation: The crew continued to install the readers and antennas today, in the Node 2 module. Due to cable routing issues, the crew was unable to fully mate the power cables to all of the deployed equipment. Ground teams are looking into potential work-arounds and corrective actions. Cabling issues identified yesterday were corrected and the deployed antennas and readers in the Lab and Node 1 are all nominal. The RFID Logistics experiment aims to utilize RFID enabled tags on hardware throughout the ISS, and assist in the tracking of the hardware as it is moved around the station. Google Street View: After having a conference with ground support teams, the crew configured on-board digital cameras with a fisheye lens to capture 360 degree images of the Cupola, Node 3, and PMM modules. Additional ISS modules will be mapped to provide an imaged topology to be used for educational community outreach. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to stow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) on Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). Then the SSRMS was walked off MBS PDGF1 onto Node2 PDGF. Finally, SSRMS was maneuvered to the Offset Grapple Park position for the SpX-10 Crew Offset grapple practice. MSS performance today was nominal. SpaceX-10 (SpX-10) On-Board Training (OBT) Offset Grapple Practice: Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Serving System (MSS) and performed a SpX-10 Offset Grapple practice session.Ground Controllers also performed the MSS Pre-Launch Checkouts.The USOS crew practiced maneuvering the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). After the Offset Grapples Practice session, the crew participated in a conference with ground specialists. Robotics ground controllers then maneuvered the SSRMS to the Rendezvous Park Position in preparation for SpX-10 capture on February 20th. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nikon still camera sync with station time Audit of Crew Onboard Support Kit () Equipment Robonaut Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup Robonaut Lab Camcorder Video Setup Robonaut CPCI Fault Backpanel UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKNANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets ARED Crank Handle Cap Screw Torque Google Street View Procedure Review Google Street View Crew Conference Google Street View Node 3 Camcorder Video Setup HRF Generic Urine Collection Cleaning FGB 1 Circulation Fan Screens Google Street View Cupola Photo Operations HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow Vacuum cleaning of 7 screens on 4 behind FGB panel 108 Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (TEPC) Reorientation HRF Ultrasound Battery Removal Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Stow Operation Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject Photo of the Crisstal experiment and Trash -21. Data Analysis (Sample1) Robonaut CPCI Fault Backpanel ESA Weekly crew conference Audit of Crew Onboard Support Kit () Equipment -3. Physical Fitness Evaluation (on the treadmill) On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple Onboard Training (OBT) SSRMS Debrief Conference On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Attached Phase Operations Review CONTENT. Experiment Ops MSG MLC Software Load Fundoscope Prep Multi Omics Item Gathering Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire Fundoscope Eye Exam Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill Completed Task List Items Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Install Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow SPHERES USB Stow Veggie 03 Pillow Watering Exploration New Earth – Life Support Exploration New Earth – Stowage JPM1OA5 Lamp Housing Assembly (LHA) Replacement LAB1OP5 SSLA Install Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. X2R15 Software transition – PL and LA-1 MDMs Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 02/17: Dragon ROBoT Session, Cubesat Deployer Install Saturday, 02/18: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty, SpaceX-10 Launch Sunday, 02/19: Crew Off Duty QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Standby Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 2/15/2017

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Feb 15, 2017

Transition to (X2) R15 Software: As part of the R15 software transition, the Payload (PL) Multiplexer/Demultiplexers (MDMs) were transitioned to updated software Payload Executive Processor R12 (PEP R12) today. Updates to the PL MDMs include: Redundancy Management Time Reduction Additionally, the Lab-1 (LA-1) MDM was transitioned to Lab System-R5 (LSYS1-R5) software. Updates to the LA-1 MDM includes: Checksum region expanded to include restart vector Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) setpoint telemetry updates Tomorrow, the Port 1 (P1) and Starboard 1 (S1) MDMs will be updated to new software. Capillary Flow Experiment-2 Interior Corner Flow-9 (CFE ICF-9): The crew used a CFE-2 vessel to perform several Interior Corner Flow tests that show the passive capillary driven redistribution of liquid in a container in low-gravity due to the specific fluid properties and 3-D geometry of the container and the spontaneous phase separation characteristics of such flows when bubbles are introduced into the liquid. CFE-ICF studies capillary flow in interior corners. Structured inside tanks providing interior corners are used in the design of fuel tanks so that the fuel will always flow to the outlet of the tank in the absence of gravity. The equations governing the process are known but, to date, have not been solved analytically because of a lack of experimental data identifying the appropriate boundary conditions for the flow problem. Experimental results will guide the analysis by providing the necessary boundary conditions as a function of container cross section and fill fraction. The benchmarked theory can then be used to improve propellant management aboard spacecraft. JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: The crew removed the Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) and JEM ORU Transfer Interface (JOTI) from the JEMAL Slide Table this morning following this past weekends successful operations. The crew then installed the Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table. Later this week, the crew will install NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #10 which will be deployed after SpaceX-10 and 66 Progress have docked to the ISS. Human Research Facility (HRF) Collections: Upon wakeup the crew performed their Flight Day 120 (FD120) Biochemical Profile and Repository blood and urine collections. The samples collected were placed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repositoryis a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Logistics: Yesterday, the crew installed antennas in the Lab and Node 1 modules. After activation, ground teams identified Node 1 Reader 1 was not providing data. Based on downlink photos teams determined that a power cable was not connected. Today, the crew completed the RFID Logistics hardware in Node 2 and successfully connected the power cable to the Node 1 Reader 1 recovering the Node 1 capabilities. The RFID Logistics experiment aims to utilize RFID enabled tags on hardware throughout the ISS, and assist in the tracking of the hardware as it is moved around the station. Solar Platform Powerdown: With the completion of the Solar experiment the Solar platform was unpowered for the final time. The Solar platform is planned to return on SpaceX-12. Solar is a monitoring observatory that will measure the solar spectral irradiance. Apart from scientific contributions for solar and stellar physics, the knowledge of the solar energy irradiance into the Earths atmosphere and its variations is of great importance for atmospheric modeling, atmospheric chemistry and climatology. The three experiments mounted on Solar are Solar Variable and Irradiance Monitor (SOVIM) observing the near-ultraviolet, visible and thermal regions of the spectrum (200 nanometers 100 micrometers); SOLar SPECtral Irradiance Measurements (SOLSPEC) observing the 180 3000 nanometer range with high spectral resolution; and SOLar Auto-Calibrating Extreme UV/UV Spectrometers (SOLACES) measures the EUV/UV spectrum range (17 nanometers 220 nanometers) with moderate spectral resolution. SpaceX-10 Preparation: The crew, along with ground specialists, performed a nominal checkout the COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) system. Dragon Launch Commit Criteria (LCC) requires two fully functional ISS CUCU equipment strings. CUCU is critical for Relative Global Positioning System (RGPS) navigation and is required for Dragon telemetry and command during final R-bar approach when the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) link may be blocked by ISS structure. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight the Ground Robotic Controllers will stow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), walk the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off to Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) and maneuver SSRMS to the offset grapple park position. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Calf Volume Measurement HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude RS lighting system audit (SM, MRM1, MRM2, DC1) XF305 Camcorder Setup 25 and 26 cable rerouting and reconnecting HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side Structures and Mechanisms (S&M) JEM ORU Xfer I/F (JOTI) and Robo Ext Leak Locator (RELL) Removal From JEM Airlock Structures and Mechanisms JEM ORU Xfer I/F Robo Ext Leak Locator Assist HRF Generic Urine Collection HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude Stow HMS Tonometry Test Setup HMS Tonometry Test Small Fine Arm (SFA) Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) installation To JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table Study of veins in lower extremities Capillary Flow Experiments Interior Corner Flow Procedure Review HMS Tonometry Test Stow Capillary Flow Experiment MWA Preparation Capillary Flow Experiments Hardware Setup Study of veins in lower […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 2/14/2017

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Feb 14, 2017

Transition to (X2) R15 Software: As part of the R15 software transition, two of the three Command and Control (C&C) Multiplexer/Demultiplexers (MDMs) were transitioned to updated software today. Updates to the C&C MDMs include: Visiting Vehicle Support Implement modified capability for loading patches Modification to Rapid Depress Auto-Response Dual Integrated Communications Unit (ICU) Capability Increase number of Telemetry Format Versions to meet VV Requirements Improvements to Longeron Shadowing Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) response Following the C&C transition to CCS R5 the crew replaced the Portable Computer System (PCS) hard drives with new ones. Tissue Regeneration-Bone Defect Rodent Research-4 (RR-4) Preparations: The crew continued with RR-4 preparation activities prior to SpaceX-10 (SpX-10) planned arrival on Monday, February 20. This morning the crew completed the habitat installation activities, installing Habitats C and D. Telemetry and video were received from both Habitats. The crew also configured the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Life Science Ancillary Hardware (LSAH) for RR-4 operations. The LSAH provides ability to decontaminate the MSG work volume after execution of any experiment with biological hazards. Both the RR-4 and Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) payloads will have their own LSAH configurations within the MSG. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Logistics Installation: The crew completed the RFID Logistics installation this morning, configuring antennas in Node 1. This afternoon, they configured the RFID Logistics Readers and Antennas in the Lab. After each installation, the crew photographed the configuration and downlinked for ground team evaluation. The RFID Logisitics experiment aims to utilize RFID enabled tags on hardware throughout the ISS, and assist in the tracking of the hardware as it is moved around the station. Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Universal Docking Port (UDP): The crew performed the second in a series of test runs for the SPHERES UDP payload. They then loaded the test software and performed the session with ground support staff direction. The objectives of the UDP session are to demonstrate a reliably successful docking through running multiple, repeatable docking maneuvers using both global metrology and docking port cameras; perform joint maneuvers of docked satellites using the thrusters from two satellites to demonstrate controllability; and test an algorithm for docking to a satellite which is tumbling in a slow, known manner. The addition of the Docking Ports is a critical upgrade to the SPHERES facility aboard the ISS. With the new ability to dock and undock, SPHERES provides a test bed to address many of the challenges of combining autonomous spacecraft. Mated spacecraft can assemble complex systems in orbit or combine sensors and actuators for satellite servicing and repurposing missions. The SPHERES-UDP enables testing of complex tasks through optimal and adaptive control, autonomous decision-making processes, and real-time image processing. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Rodent Research Habitat Retrieval Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation Setup JEM Airlock Press 0501 Gas Analyzer 2 readings adjustments Uout= 2.68V. Prep for cable installation and connection to -25, 26. Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Hardware Gather RODENT RESEARCH. Installation of Habitat Module JEM Airlock Leak Check BIOCARD. Operator Assistance During the Experiment Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Photo of the Crisstal Experiment and Return to Biolab TCU Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Stow Hardware PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment. Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Sample Init RODENT RESEARCH. Installation of Habitat Module Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) Relocate Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Deployment Operations SPHERES Test Session Setup Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Sample Terminate HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test CRYOGEM-03 refrigerator Setup Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire SPHERES Docking Port Test Run Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup Rodent Research Microgravity Science Glovebox LSAH Setup URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment Microbial Sample Collection Recharging Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery (if charge level is below 80%) Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject Audit of Crew Onboard Support Kit () Equipment PILOT-T. Experiment Ops. Delta file prep Radio Frequency Identification Logistics maintenance X2R15 Portable Computer System (PCS) Connect Portable Computer System (PCS) Release 18 Deploy Part 2 Multi Omics FOS Preparation Multi Omics FOS Stow PILOT-T. Closeout Ops. Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test Terminate Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery Recharge Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire Completed Task List Items Expedition New Earth Video-Radiation Expedition New Earth Video-Sick Bay Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. X2R15 Software transition – C&C MDMs N3 MCA Full Calibration JEM A/L repress and leak check Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 02/15: JOTI RELL Removal, SAM Install, RFID Kit Install, Vision test, Glacier Desiccant, PCS R18 P&I, CUCU Activate Thursday, 02/16: Google Street View – Cupola, Dragon OBT, Eye Exams Friday, 02/17: Dragon ROBoT Session, Cubesat Deployer Install QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Standby 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  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 2/13/2017

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Feb 13, 2017

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Clean: This morning the crew disconnected the Sample Cartridges from within the ELF to exchange the samples and retrieve lost samples within the sample holders. The crew reinserted the cartridge and reconnected the hoses and cables. Ground teams will resume checkout and operations later this week. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate/melt/solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved. Tissue Regeneration-Bone Defect Rodent Research-4 (RR-4) Hardware Gather and Install: The crew gathered RR-4 hardware required prior to SpX-10 delivery of the experiment. Two of the four Rodent Habitats were installed this morning; however, ground teams are not receiving telemetry from either Habitat. Ground teams were able to recover after changing the IP address and reconnecting Health and Status. Tissue Regeneration-Bone Defect (RR-4 CASIS) studies what prevents vertebrates such as rodents and humans from regrowing lost bone and tissue, and how the microgravity extraterrestrial condition impacts the process. Results could lead to tissue regeneration efforts in space and a better understanding of limitations of limb regrowth at wound sites. Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) Life Science Ancillary Hardware (LSAH) Configuration: The crew gathered then setup the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Life Science Ancillary Hardware (LSAH). MESC is being delivered by SpX-10 and will be initiated shortly after arrival. MESC will aid researches determine the efficiency of using a microgravity environment to accelerate expansion (replication) of stem cells for use in terrestrial clinical trials for treatment of disease. Phase Transitions-4 (PK-4) Video Monitor: The crew configured a video monitor in support of the joint ESA-Russia PK-4 experiment. PK-4 is a scientific payload for performing research in the field of ‘Complex Plasmas’: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas and micron-sized particles. The micro-particles become highly charged in the plasma and interact strongly with each other which can lead to a self-organized structure of the micro-particles: so-called plasma crystals. Experiments in the facility aim to study Transport Properties, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Physics and Non-linear waves and Instabilities in the plasmas. Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valve (ASV) Remove and Replace (R&R): During troubleshooting last week, CDRA ASV 102 was identified as a source of the reoccurring Remote Power Controller (RPC) trips. Today, the crew replaced this valve as part of the troubleshooting process. The final ASV power configuration is now the same as we started with after the troubleshooting cable was initially installed valves 101, 102, and 103 powered by the troubleshooting cable; valves 104, 105, and 106 powered by the original cable. The failed ASV 102 will be returned to the ground on SpX-10 for further testing and troubleshooting. Solar: Saturday, February 11, 2017 was the last day of the Solar Sun Visibility Window and last science measurements, before final switch off of Solar Wednesday, February 15. All activities leading up to Saturday were successfully completed per schedule. The Solar instruments saw their last sunlight and the Solar platform performed its very last tracking after many thousands of tracking cycles over 9 years. More SOLSPEC calibrations are scheduled on Monday. The Solar platform will be powered off and removed for return on SpaceX-12. Solar is a monitoring observatory that will measure the solar spectral irradiance. Apart from scientific contributions for solar and stellar physics, the knowledge of the solar energy irradiance into the Earths atmosphere and its variations is of great importance for atmospheric modeling, atmospheric chemistry and climatology. The three experiments mounted on Solar are Solar Variable and Irradiance Monitor (SOVIM) observing the near-ultraviolet, visible and thermal regions of the spectrum (200 nanometers 100 micrometers); SOLar SPECtral Irradiance Measurements (SOLSPEC) observing the 180 3000 nanometer range with high spectral resolution; and SOLar Auto-Calibrating Extreme UV/UV Spectrometers (SOLACES) measures the EUV/UV spectrum range (17 nanometers 220 nanometers) with moderate spectral resolution. Transition to (X2) R15 Software: As part of the R15 software transition, the Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDMs) were transitioned to updated software today. Updates to the GNC MDMs include: Add Portable Computer System (PCS) connectivity to docked vehicles Provide Visiting Vehicle (VV) interface for a VV with two processors communicating on different buses at each International Docking Adapter (IDA) location Rate Gyro Assembly (RGA) recovery should assure at least two rate sources are available Incorporate the Flight Software (FSW) Patch Loader Provide attitude recovery without using Russian data following a GNC checkpoint transition without Loss of Attitude Control (LoAC) The Command & Control (C&C) MDMs will be updated tomorrow. Updates to the C&C MDMs include: Visiting Vehicle Support Implement modified capability for loading patches Modification to Rapid Depress Auto-Response Dual Integrated Communications Unit (ICU) Capability Increase number of Telemetry Format Versions to meet VV Requirements Improvements to Longeron Shadowing Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) response Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) Operations: Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and RELL performed Radiator Beam Valve Module (RBVM) P1-3-2 scans Saturday and Sunday, in support of the investigation into an External Active Thermal Control System (EATCS) loop B leak. Friday night the Robotics Ground Controllers removed the RELL from the JEM airlock slide table. Saturday the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm1 as required to perform the RELL Scan of RBVM. They performed in order, the Face, Aft Starboard, Aft Port, and Forward Scan of the P1-3-2 RBVM. At the end of the ops on Saturday, SSRMS and SPDM were positioned at park position, ready to resume and complete the scan survey Sunday. Sunday, the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM Arm1 to perform an additional focused re-inspection RELL Scan of RBVM P1-3-2 from the aft starboard side. They then maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM to place the RELL back in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Orbital Replaceable Unit (ORU) Transfer Interface (JOTI) on the […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 2/10/2017

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Feb 10, 2017

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) ORU Transfer Interface (JOTI) and Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) Installation on JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table: The crew installed the JOTI on the JEM A/L Slide Table. Afterwards, the crew installed the Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) onto the JOTI, and retracted the Slide Table inside the JEMAL. RELL operations are scheduled for this weekend to try and locate the source of the ammonia leak on External Active Thermal Control System (EATCS) Loop B. JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) Thermal Control Assembly (TCA) Accumulator Package Remove & Replace (R&R): Today, the crew replaced the JPM TCA Accumulator package. They disengaged Cabin Ducts and rotating the Environmental Control Life Support System / Thermal Control System (ECLSS/TCS) rack. They then removed the Accumulator Package and installed a spare. After mating the rack umbilical and attaching the accumulator, they rotated the rack and engaged the Cabin Ducts. The removed Accumulator Package was packaged for return to the ground. Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE) Removal: The crew removed the PBRE from the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and packed it for return on SpX-10. The PBRE investigation studies the behavior of gases and liquids when they flow simultaneously through a column filled with fixed porous media. The porous media or packing can be made of different shapes and materials and are used widely in chemical engineering as a means to enhance the contact between two immiscible fluid phases (e.g., liquid-gas, water-oil, etc.). Packed columns can serve as reactors, scrubbers, strippers, etc. in systems where efficient interphase contact is desired, both on Earth and in space. Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Light Remove & Replace: The crew translated the Optics Bench out in the FIR rotating it to 60. They then removed and replaced both FIR White Light Lamps in the FIR White Light Chassis on the back of the Optics Bench. The Optics Bench was then rotated back to vertical position and translated into the rack. The White Light Lamps were close to their expected end of life, and to prevent a burn out during the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics experiment, which is arriving on SpaceX-10 (SpX-10), the light was changed out early. LMM Biophysics 1 (The Effect of Macromolecular Transport of Microgravity Protein Crystallization) will launch on SpX-10. When installed, investigators will use the results from LMM Biophysics 1 to examine the movement of single protein molecules in microgravity. By studying the crystals of a higher quality that can be grown in microgravity, scientists will be able to better understand their structure and how they work. 48 Soyuz (44S) Emergency Egress Drill: The crew participated in an emergency decent drill. This training session focused on off-nominal procedures that would be used in the event the crew needs to egress the ISS and perform an emergency descent. The drill is scheduled when the crew has been aboard the ISS for 12-14 weeks, then once every 2.5 months. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off the Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) and onto Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF1.They then unstowed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from MBS PDGF2 and maneuvered the SSRMS (holding the SPDM) to a translation configuration. Finally, Ground Controllers translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite #4 (WS4) to WS7. The MSS is now in position for the start of the Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) operations scheduled to begin this afternoon. Treadmill 2 (T2) Secure Digital (SD) Card Recovery On February 9th T2 was declared non-operational. The ground teams were not successful in performing the nominal weekly powercycle and later on that day crew was unable to get the T2 treadbelt to spin. T2 had been operating in debug mode, due to previous anomalies, which increased the amount of data files stored on the SD card. Teams determined that yesterdays failed powercycle was due to the SD card being too full. In order to recover T2, crew and ground teams executed a successful recovery of the SD card and unmanned activation and checkout. T2 is GO for operations. Extravehicular Activities (EVA) Pistol Grip Tool (PGT) Torque Analyzer Kit (TAK) Data Gather: The crew installed the TAK onto each of the PGTs and recorded their torque output for ground analysis. This activity is part of a 6-month requirement for all on-orbit PGTs. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Video for Russia Today TV Channel DUBRAVA. Observations and photography Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media EKON-M. Observations and photography Inventory Management System (IMS) conference Treadmill 2 (T2) SD Card Recovery Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Open JEM Cabin Duct Disengagement RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup Glisser-M Video Battery (2) Charge (GoPro HERO3 No.6): setup and initiate battery charge Crew will bag Actiwatches on the HRF Rack 2 front and stow for return. VIZIR. Experiment set up and start using P/L Crew will access and save the VUE error logs for drives E and F by using the MSG laptop -2 control panel software installation JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table Passive Capture Mechanism Removal JPM TCA L Accumulator Package R&R RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment Structures and Mechanisms JEM ORU Xfer I/F and Robo Ext Leak Locator Installation RELAKSATSIYA. Observation RS2, RS3 Laptops Inspection And Cleaning RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal maintenance Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close Glisser-M Video Battery (2) Charge (GoPro HERO3 No.6): Terminate charge and stow RS1 Laptop Inspection and Cleaning Structures and Mechanisms (S&M) JEM ORU Xfer I/F (JOTI) and Robo Ext Leak Locator (RELL) Assist 1 JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side SEISMOPROGNOZ. Cable Disconnect from Autonomous Temperature Monitoring Module [] 4 cnctr JEM Airlock Depressurization Meteor hard drive swap Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire JEM ECLSS/TCS1 Rack Umbilical Mate SEISMOPROGNOZ. Cable 17.42 -8242-9130 Disconnect from 4 SEISMOPROGNOZ. Removal of [] unit and Control and […] Read full story.

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