Mission Diary – 14 June

Business this day focused on the departure of Cygnus OA-6 with a separate set of tests and experiments to be conducted prior to re-entry and a separate group of measurements recording the physical characteristics of break-up as iot plunges to Earth through the atmosphere.

ISS Daily Report 14 June

Cygnus Departure: Cygnus unberthed nominally from the ISS at 06:45 CDT (12:45 BST) with release at 08:35 CDT 14:35 BST). Post departure science objectives including Saffire, NanoRacks CubeSat deployments, and ReEntry Breakup Recorder – Wireless (REBR-W) are scheduled to occur prior to re-entry on June 22.

  • Saffire-I intentionally lights a large-scale fire inside the empty Cygnus resupply vehicle after it leaves the ISS and before it re-enters Earth’s atmosphere. Because fire is extremely dangerous on a spacecraft, most previous controlled flame experiments have been limited to small sizes. Subsequent experiment data downloads can take up to eight days to complete.
  • The NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer- External (NRCSD-E) is a ground loaded launch case designed to be mounted externally and deploy cubesats from a free-flying spacecraft.
  • REBR-W is a cost-effective system that rides a re-entering space vehicle, records data during the re-entry and breakup of the vehicle, and returns the data for analysis. Understanding how vehicles behave during atmospheric reentry gives future spacecraft developers unique information that can enhance design efficiencies and safety.

Spacecraft Fire Experiment-I (Saffire-I) Operations: Following the unberth of OA-6 from the International Space Station (ISS), Saffire-I began the first of two phases by turning on the power to the experiment avionics, initiating the experiment run, and recording and compressing the resulting data.  The second phase is composed of data downloads which could take up to eight days to complete.

Microbiome:  The crew collected several samples from various physical surfaces before stowing the samples in MELFI (Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS). Microbiome investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time).

Manufacturing Device Print Removal: The crew removed and stowed a recently printed 3D object and cleaned the extruder print nozzle. The Manufacturing Device hardware consists of a single EXPRESS locker equivalent which houses a 3D printer and associated hardware.

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker Incubator (MERLIN) Desiccant Kit Removal: Eight desiccant packs were removed and discarded from inside MERLIN and the MERLIN door was partially opened for a 24-hour dryout period. The MERLIN provides a single middeck locker-sized Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack compatible freezer/refrigerator or incubator that can be used for a variety of experiments.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking today. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.

External robotics operations: Robotics ground controllers unberthed Cygnus from the Node 1 Nadir (N1N) Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) and manuevered it to the release position using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).  The ISS crew then released the vehicle and backed the SSRMS away. Following Cygnus departure, ground controllers maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. They then de-configured the MSS from Hot Backup and supported a video survey of the N1N CBM.

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) High Conductivity Fault – This morning UPA faulted due to high conductivity.  This is the first process cycle since UPA was shut down due to erratic conductivity of the urine distillate.  UPA was recovered and is currently processing.

Node 3 Forward Hatch Handle Guide Install – Today the crew completed the Node 3 Forward hatch handle guide installation.

Oxygen Generator System (OGS) Recirculation Loop Sample and Activated Carbon/Ion Exchange (ACTEX) Cartridge Replacement – The crew performed sample draws of the OGS recirculation loop for return and replaced the ACTEX cartridge.  The loop sample is performed every 180 days, and the ACTEX cartridge is changed out every 730 days. 

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Samples Collection in CQs using CDM
  • HRF. Samples Collection and Preparation for Stowage
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • BIOME. Samples Collection
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • Checking the Results of Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Laptops / r/g 8247
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
  • HMS. Vision Test
  • Closing of USOS Windows Shutters
  • ISS Ham Video Deactivation
  • Cygnus-Node1 Vestibule Depressurization – Part 1
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • HMS. Vision Questionnaire
  • Functionality Check of RSE-Med USB ports r/g 2517
  • HMS. Hardware Setup prior to Tonometry Test
  • DOSETRK Questionnaire
  • Tonometry Test – CMO
  • Photography of the Window in the Descent Module ([СА]) of Soyuz 720 in Plane IV / r/g 2511
  • Tonometry Test – Subject
  • UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKHANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Kits r/g 2506
  • Tonometry Hardware Restow
  • MERLIN Desiccant Kit Removal
  • Removal, Cleaning and Stow of the Item Printed on the 3D Printer
  • UDOD. Photography during the Experiment / r/g 2505
  • Cygnus-Node1 Vestibule Depressurization – Part 2
  • LAB Camcorder Setup on LAB RWS Monitor 3
  • Transfer of Cargo to Soyuz 719 for Return / r/g 2529
  • Cygnus. PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
  • Inflight Maintenance. Hatch Guide Installation
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Transfer (start)
  • Node 1 Nadir- Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Demate
  • J-ITCS. ITCS Coolant Sampling Adapter Installation
  • Soyuz 720 IRIDIUM Telephone Setup and Charging (start)
  • Soyuz 720 IRIDIUM Telephone – Monitoring Battery Charge
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Transfer (end)
  • Soyuz 720 IRIDIUM Telephone Charging (end)
  • CBEF. Reconfiguration
  • Cygnus-Node1 Vestibule Depressurization – Part 3
  • DRAGON. Cargo Transfer Ops
  • Inflight Maintenance (IFM) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Hardware Gather
  • OGS. ACTEX Cartridge Flushing
  • Crew Departure Prepartion for Return to Earth
  • SSRMS. Cygnus Release Control
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Hardware Setup r/g 2510
  • TV Downlink Test via Ku-band in MPEG-2 prior to Soyuz 731 Docking to the ISS
  • Inflight Maintenance. OGS Internal ACTEX Cartridge R&R
  • Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM Telephone Charging (start) / Communication System [PТК]
  • Cygnus. PROX Power Off
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Setting Parameters r/g 2510
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops r/g 2508
  • Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM Telephone – Monitoring Battery Charge
  • LAB Camcorder Setup on LAB RWS Monitor 3
  • Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM Telephone Charging (end). Teardown and Closeout Ops
  • ISS Ham Video Activation
  • Crew Departure Prepartion for Return to Earth
  • BIOME. Samples Collection
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Observation r/g 2510
  • Crew Departure Prepartion for Return to Earth
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • BIOME. Hardware Restow
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Teardown r/g 2510
  • PCS Relocation
  • BIOME. Perspiration Collection Setup
  • PCS Relocation
  • Inflight Maintenance. OGS Hardware Restow
  • WRS. Water Samples Analysis
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • BIOME. Perspiration Samples Collection
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • BIOME. Surface Samples Collection from the Surfaces of USOS Panels
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2509
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • BIOME. Perspiration Samples Stow
  • RADIOSKAF. Photo and Video Imagery / r/g 2530
  • RADIOSKAF. Томск-ТПУ Nanosatellite Battery Preparation and Charging from РЛС r/g 2530
  • TOCA. Data Recording 

Completed Task List Items

  • iPAD cert update [Active] 

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus unberth operations
  • Nominal ground commanding 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 06/15: EVA loop scrub/water conductivity test, 45S transfer, RAM retrieve, crew departure prep, Soyuz OBT

Thursday, 06/16: JEM stowage wire kit install, Emergency R&R review, Neuro Mapping

Friday, 06/17: Change of Command, Handhold Experiment Platform attach, MSL sample cartridge exchange

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[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 Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
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
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