Mission Diary – 16-18 April

A busy weekend and a fast start to the new week saw ground control remove the BEAM inflatable habitat from the trunk on the Dragon capsule to the aft port on Node 3. A potential key to providing effective accommodation on future space missions, inflatables garnering attention for a wide variety of roles on more advanced requirements for long duration missions.

Also, with more than 19 hours of unpacking completed, less than 33 hours of work remains to fully offload logistical supplies from the Cygnus module.

ISS Daily Report 16-18 April

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM): Over the weekend, Robotics Ground Controllers transferred BEAM from the SpX-8 Dragon trunk to the Node 3 Aft Port.  Activities included Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) prep for mate and inspection, BEAM extraction, maneuver to install position, CBM capture, and BEAM release. The crew and ground utilized the Node 3 Aft Active CBM to capture and bolt BEAM to the ISS. BEAM inflation is currently planned for late May.

Cell Mechanosensing 3 (CMS-3) Operations and Closeout: Over the weekend, the remaining microscope observations for the JAXA Cell Mechanosensing-3 investigation were completed. Today, the crew performed closeout activities by removing the Observation and Measurement Experiment Units from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF). The CMS-3 investigation identifies gravity sensors in skeletal muscle cells to develop countermeasures to muscle atrophy. Scientists believe that the lack of mechanical stress from gravity causes tension fluctuations in the plasma membrane of skeletal muscle cells which changes the expression of key proteins and genes and allows muscles to atrophy.

Genes in Space: Crewmembers completed activation and checkout prior to performing a hardware test to prepare for the Genes in Space exercises planned for this week.  The Genes in Space investigation is a winning student-designed experiment to test whether the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used to study DNA alterations aboard the ISS.  Spaceflight causes numerous changes to the human body, including alterations in DNA and a weakened immune system. Understanding whether these two processes are linked is important for safeguarding crew health, but DNA technology that can track these changes is relatively untested in space.

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Microchannel Diffusion Configuration: Crewmembers configured the LMM for the Microchannel Diffusion investigation. The Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE) sample will be removed from the Auxiliary Fluids Container (AFC) prior to the Bio Base being installed into the LMM AFC and the Diffusion Plate being installed onto the Bio Base. The objective of Microchannel Diffusion is to provide insight into how microparticles interact with the surface of confining microchannels in the absence of gravitational forces. The analysis focuses on how physical and electrostatic confinement affect the diffusive transport of microparticles in microchannels. Insight into confined diffusive transport is relevant for “on- Earth” applications including drug delivery, molecular sieving and particle filtration. The study provides an understanding of microparticle diffusive transport, which can be important for future technological applications for space exploration.

Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI): The crew participated in observations as part of the IPVI payload.  Recent studies have shown some crewmembers on the International Space Station experience swelling of the optic nerve, which can affect their vision. This may be because of elevated intracranial pressure, or pressure inside the head, which happens in microgravity. The investigation aims to confirm that eye abnormalities, such as swelling of the optic nerve, happen in crewmembers whose cranial pressure has increased. The investigation’s non-invasive measurement methods could be used for early detection of this pressure change.

Energy Preparation: The crew gathered the PFS Face Mask Kit and the food kit needed to support the upcoming European Space Agency (ESA) Energy experiment. The Energy investigation assesses energy requirements of astronauts on long-duration missions. This is important for future planning of longer-duration missions, to the Moon and Mars for example, in order to launch sufficient food supplies (but not too much), which have a positive impact on mission costs and goals.

Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation: The Small Fine Arm (SFA) Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) was installed on the JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table (ST) followed by MPEP installation on the SAM in preparation for Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Demonstration (JSSOD)-M1 deploy planned for April 27. Following completion, the Slide Table was retracted back into the JEMAL. MPEP is a new, transportable platform which interfaces with JEMAL and JEMRMS. Electrical Mechanical Grapple Fixture (EMGF) is attached on the MPEP so that any payload on the MPEP can be transported anywhere within JEMRMS reachable envelope. In addition, power, video and communication interface is available via EMGF. The MPEP plays a key role in enhancing ISS utilization using JEM unique capability with the JEMAL and JEMRMS.

Electromagnetic Levitator (EML) Preparation: The crew prepared the EML facility for the upcoming EML Batch 1 exercise. They installed and removed the EML reprogramming cable after the Limit Parameter Sets of the EML Sample Chamber were reprogrammed by ground teams. The crew also changed the measurement mode of the EML high speed camera. EML is designed for containerless materials processing in space. EML is a facility composed of 4 inserts installed in the European Drawer Rack (EDR). Samples are installed in a dedicated Sample Chamber that is attached to EML and will be replaced by new Sample Chambers for new experiment batches.

On Board Training (OBT) Crew Health Care System (CheCS) Drill: The 46S crew completed this OBT which provides the opportunity to review procedures, hardware and communication methods necessary to manage a medical emergency. Emergency medical equipment was deployed and the crew practicef CPR positioning to ensure familiarity with procedure execution.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) will walk off from the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF 1.  The Mobile Transporter (MT) will be translated from Worksite (WS)6 to WS2 and the SSRMS will begin a survey of the clearances between the starboard Crew and Equipment Translation Aid (CETA) cart and the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ).  The survey will confirm adequate clearance between the CETA cart and the SARJ when the MT is at WS1.

Orbital-6 (OA-6) Cargo Transfer Status: The crew has completed 19:35 hours of cargo transfer. Remaining time needed for completion is 32.51 hours.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF Urine Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF Blood Sample Collection
  • Microchannel Diffusion (MDE). Sample Retrieval and Temporary Stowage
  • EML – cable setup for reprogramming
  • HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • FIR Rack Doors Open
  • Auxiliary Laptop Anti-Virus Update / r/g 8247
  • Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Configuration
  • CONSTANTA-2. Preparation and Execution 5 r/g 1967
  • Assistance with БУПТ-1М swapout (removal of 800A module) / r/g 1971
  • On MCC GO Swapout of Current Converter Controller БУПТ-1М modules r/g 1971
  • HRF Blood Sample Collection Closeout Ops
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • HRF Sample Insertion into MELFI
  • JEMAL  Slide Table extension
  • HRF Closeout Ops
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table Operation
  • ARED  Cylinder Flywheel Cleaning
  • Replacement of CO2 Filter Unit ИК0501
  • Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) installation to JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table
  • FIR Rack Door Close
  • Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) installation to JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table (assistance)
  • UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKNANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets r/g 1969
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • CIR – Equipment Removal
  • REM. Comm check
  • Genes in Space (GIS). Work Area preparation for Payload use
  • JEM Airlock Releasing Capture Mechanism
  • Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Assembly (MPEP) Part 1
  • Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Assembly (MPEP)  Assistance
  • MPEP Ops in JEM Airlock
  • CMS3 Closeout Ops
  • Installation of Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Assembly (MPEP) Part 2
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • JEMAL Slide Table Retraction
  • HRF Sample Insertion into MELFI
  • Camcorder setup to capture T2 exercise
  • HRF Equipment stowage after sample collection
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 7 / r/g 1970
  • CBCS Equipment stow
  • ENERGY Hardware Pre-gather
  • On MCC GO Mating БУПТ-1М telemetry connectors (pos. А407 and pos. А401) r/g 1971
  • EML Opening Gas Valves
  • EML Cable Removal
  • EML – Lens replacement
  • IPVI – Photography
  • CheCS OBT
  • Swapout of Current Converter Controller БУПТ-1М modules r/g 197
  • RS internal lighting system audit (SM, MRM1, MRM2, DC1) / r/g 1960
  • GIS. Start hardware test
  • SPHEROIDS KUBIK Temperature Check
  • Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Private Medical Conference
  • Photography of Soyuz landing sites / r/g 1973
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • FSL adapter optical cable installation
  • Assistance with БУПТ-1М swapout (installation of 800A module) / r/g 1971
  • DRGN- kits unpack
  • Stow Video Equipment to capture T2 Exercise
  • MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops / Communications System [РТК]
  • COULOMBIAN CRYSTAL. Experiment Ops r/g 1972
  • GIS. End of hardware test
  • EMU backpack R&R
  • N3A hatch and ARED foot plate gap assessment
  • MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops / Communications System [РТК]
  • COULOMBIAN CRYSTAL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 1972
  • GIS. Hardware Stowage
  • DRAGON. Transfer ops
  • URISYS Hardware Setup r/g 1974
  • Node 2 Camcorder troubleshooting
  • RS internal lighting system audit (SM, MRM1, MRM2, DC1) / r/g 1960
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • Preparing for Antivirus scan on Auxiliary Computer Laptops / r/g 8247 

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • SAM/MPEP installation
  • MSS ops
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 04/19: EVA loop scrub, RR CASIS h/w gather, EMU 3011 install in launch enclosure, NanoRacks Module 51 status check

Wednesday, 04/20: SPHEROIDS download, RR Casis, Protein Crystal Growth, Fluid Shifts

Thursday, 04/21: JSSOD-M1 install Part 1, BEAM SSC deploy, ENERGY PFS setup

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”) On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Override
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle
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
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