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|09-03-2010, 04:16 PM||#526|
ISSU Project Manager
Florida Today's "The Flame Trench" Blog: "Station crew spies Hurricane Earl from space".
Here's some nice photos of Hurricane Earl from Doug Wheelock via Twitter.
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|09-04-2010, 09:42 PM||#527|
ISSU Project Manager
Spaceflight Now: "Spacewalk to tidy up station deferred to shuttle crew".
(Also posted in "STS-133 Updates" thread.)
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 03/09/2010:
After removing all cables of the EMCS (European Modular Cultivation System) in the COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) to allow tilting of ER-3 (ExPrESS Rack-3) away from the wall, and setting up the VCA-1 (Video Camera Assembly-1) for activity monitoring by the ground, FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson accessed the WOOV-8 (Water On-Off Valve-8) and worked on it to free the movement of the stuck valve. [Access required the temporary removal of the G1 camcorder & Shure microphone installed in the COL port cone/aft. Afterwards, ER-3 was rotated back, connected to its cabling (umbilicals for GN2 (Gaseous Nitrogen) supply, vacuum exhaust) and the EMCS cables were re-connected.]
Activities by FE-6 Shannon Walker included:
• Performing one more data collection session on the CubeLab module and transferring the data to laptop. This was the last for her; the next collection will not occur before the HTV-2 stage (period).
• Clearing out food items from the LAB1S1 (Lab Starboard 1) location to make room in preparation for the planned ARS (Atmosphere Revitalization Systems) Rack swap between the Lab and Node 3.
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collectSPACE: "Hold the horseradish: Top Chef's short ribs to be 'deconstructed' for spaceflight".
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 04/09/2010:
COL WOOV-8 Update:
FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson's attempt yesterday to "unstick" the LTL (Low Temperature Loop) WOOV-8 (Water On/Off Valve-8) in the COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) was not successful. Tracy also reported a greenish substance on the bolt of the valve, which may or may not be precipitate from a slow water leak. When dissolved in a fluid the substance is Tox level 0; as a solid residue it is generally considered Tox level 1. To be on the safe side, Tracy was advised to don goggles, a dust mask and silver shield gloves when deciding to clean the valve.
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SpaceRef Canada: "Canadian Space Agency in Negotiations for Future Launch Access to the Space Station".
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FYI, Expedition 26/27's Paolo Nespoli is now on Twitter as @Astro_Paolo!
|09-06-2010, 02:54 PM||#528|
Progress-40 Mission is Over
On Sept. 6, Progress M-06M was deorbited over the defined unpopulated area of the Pacific.
The retroburn was initiated at 16:13:50 Moscow time. Remaining parts of the Progress, which had not burnt during the reentry, fell down in the south area of the Pacific ocean at about 16:53 MSK. Coordinates of the splashing-down center are: 42°07` s.l., 138°25`w.l.
Progress M-06M was the 40th Russian cargo vehicle flown to the International Space Station. The next Progress is to start its mission to the ISS in two days.
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|09-08-2010, 08:16 PM||#529|
ISSU Project Manager
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 07/09/2010:
In preparation for Progress M-07M/39P docking on Friday, CDR Alexander Skvortsov & FE-3 Mikhail Kornienko went through the standard 3 hour refresher training for the TORU teleoperator system, which provides a manual backup mode to the Progress' KURS automated rendezvous radar system. A tagup with a TORU instructor at TsUP/Moscow via S-band audio supported the training. [The drill included procedure review, rendezvous, docking data and rendezvous math modeling data review, fly-around, final approach, docking and off-nominal situations (e.g., video or comm. loss). Three different flight conditions were simulated on the RSK1 laptop. The TORU teleoperator control system lets a SM-based crewmember perform the approach and docking of automated Progress vehicles in case of KURS failure. During spacecraft approach, TORU is in "hot standby" mode. Receiving a video image of the approaching ISS, as seen from a Progress-mounted docking television camera ("Klest"), on a color monitor ("Simvol-Ts", i.e. "symbol center") which also displays an overlay of rendezvous data from the onboard digital computer, the CDR would steer the Progress to mechanical contact by means of two hand controllers, one for rotation (RUO), the other for translation (RUD), on adjustable armrests. The controller-generated commands are transmitted from the SM's TORU control panel to the Progress via VHF (Very High Frequency) radio. In addition to the Simvol-Ts color monitor, range, range rate (approach velocity) and relative angular position data are displayed on the "Klest-M" video monitor (VKU) which starts picking up signals from Progress when it is still approximately 8 km away. TORU is monitored in real time from TsUP over RGSs (Russian Ground Sites) and via Ku-band from Houston, but its control cannot be taken over from the ground. On 10/09, Progress KURS-A (active) will be activated at 10:59 AM GMT on Daily Orbit 1 (DO-1), SM KURS-P (passive) two minutes later. Progress floodlight will be switched on at a range of ~8 km. Progress TORU will activate at 3 km range. Flyaround to the SM aft (+X) port (~400 m range, in sunlight) starts at 12:12 PM GMT, followed by station keeping at 170 m at ~12:22 PM. Start of final approach: ~12:26 PM (DO-2) in sunlight, contact: ~12:37 PM. SM Kurs-P deactivation on mechanical capture. Sunset: 12:42 PM.]
FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson & FE-4 Doug Wheelock worked several hours jointly swapping the ARS (Atmosphere Revitalization System) racks to their permanent locations: AR-1 was returned to the US Lab and AR-2 was moved into Node 3. This provides the station with two active CDRAs (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assemblies). [To make room for the transfers, the WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) Kabin and the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation System) were removed temporarily, with FE-6 Shannon Walker taking Wheels' place for the Kabin re-installation. The crew was able to move the racks without disconnecting the ALTEA (Anomalous Long Term Effects on Astronauts Dosimetry) hardware.]
If the MCA (Major Constituent Analyzer) on AR-2 required a pumpout/calibration (per ground determination), Shannon was to open the manual valve (HV01) and later close it again. [The MCA is used as primary device for accurately monitoring O2 (oxygen) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the cabin air.]
To prepare and make room for the upcoming relocation of the CHeCS (Crew Health Care System) RSR (Resupply Stowage Rack) to LAB1D4 (Lab rack bay Deck 4), Shannon had about an hour to shuffle stowage items, i.e., clean out cargo stowed at D4 and transfer it to other locations.
Progress M-05M/37P Thruster Control:
US-21 Matching Unit control of 37P thrusters via SM was successfully restored last night. This re-established roll control of the ISS using 37P thrusters instead of SM jets (which were disabled). 37P is docked to DC-1 Nadir, most efficient for roll control.
Progress M-07M/39P Launch Preps:
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, preparations continue for the launch of the 39P cargo vehicle to the ISS. Countdown is proceeding nominally toward a launch tomorrow (08/09) at 11:11 AM GMT for a 12:37 PM GMT docking on Friday (10/09). L-1 activities are currently being conducted. 39P will deliver 1,918 pounds of propellant, 110 pounds of oxygen & air, 375 pounds of water and 2,645 pounds of spare parts & experiment hardware.
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Roscosmos PAO: "ISS Crew is Looking Forward to Receiving New Movies".
Roscosmos PAO: "The Number of ISS RS Experiments Increased – ISS Flight Engineer".
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 08/09/2010:
Progress M-07M/39P Launch Delay:
The launch of Progress 39P, planned for this morning at 11:11 AM GMT has been delayed until Friday (10/09) due to high winds over the Baikonur launch site. Launch time: 10:22 AM GMT. Docking is planned for Sunday (12/09) at ~11:57 AM GMT. This is a First for the ISS Program.
In preparation for their return on Soyuz TMA-18/22S on 24/09, CDR Alexander Skvortsov, FE-3 Mikhail Kornienko & FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson donned their Sokol flight suits and conducted the periodic 30 minute fit check of their Kazbek couches in the 22S spacecraft, i.e., the three contoured shock absorbing seats in the Descent Module. [For the fit check, crewmembers remove their cabin apparel and don Sokol KV-2 suit and comm caps, get into in their seats and assess the degree of comfort and uniform body support provided by the seat liner. Using a ruler, they then measure the gap between the top of the head and the top edge of the structure facing the head crown. The results are reported to TsUP. Kazbek-UM couches are designed to withstand G-loads during launch and orbital insertion as well as during reentry and brake-rocket-assisted landing. Each seat has two positions: cocked (armed) and noncocked. In cocked position, they are raised to allow the shock absorbers to function during touchdown. The fit check assures that the crewmembers, whose bodies gain in length during longer-term stay in zero-G, will still be adequately protected by the seat liners for their touchdown in Kazakhstan, either emergency or regular return.]
For ground monitoring of the Progress rendezvous & docking on Sunday, Tracy & Alexander set up the Ku-band video "scheme" for a communications test of converting the RS (Russian Segment) video signal from the SONY HDV camera to US NTSC format and Ku-band from FGB & SM, for downlinking "streaming video" packets via US OpsLAN and Ku-band. [For the test, Tracy configured the SSC-1 (Station Support Computer-1) A31p laptop in the FGB and activated the VWS (Video Streaming Workstation) laptop for both the conversion and the "streaming" MPEG-2 (Moving Pictures Expert Group-2) encoding, with Alexander running the video test from the RS. The previously used ESA MPEG2 Encoder in the SM was not used, in favor of the more stable VWS.]
Tracy & FE-4 Doug Wheelock worked a newly-added troubleshooting task on the ARED (Advanced Resistive Exercise Device). [The exercise device yesterday was reported to have its cable arms popping out of the detents, due to the pulley rope prevented from full retraction into the frame by some tuft (cluster of threads). For the troubleshooting, the crewmembers were to cut the tuft off and remove the belt pulley cover to confirm the rope was still routed properly on the pulleys.]
|09-11-2010, 08:18 PM||#530|
ISSU Project Manager
Shannon Walker's latest blog entry from the ISS, featuring a personal perspective on the ETCS problems.
First person perspective from orbit: What happens when a critical part breaks and we have to go fix it.
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NASA Opens Space Station For Biological Research From NIH Grants.
NASA is enabling biomedical research with National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants that take advantage of the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station to explore fundamental questions about important health issues.
The NIH Biomedical Research on the International Space Station (BioMed-ISS) awards are the next step in a new partnership to apply the national laboratory to research that complements NASA's own space studies. The NIH studies include research on how bones and the immune system weaken in space.
"This marks the beginning of a new era in microgravity-based research with the International Space Station turning the corner from construction to use as a new national laboratory," said Mark Uhran, assistant associate administrator for space station, NASA Headquarters in Washington.
In 2005 Congress recognized the immense promise the station holds for U.S.-led science and technology efforts. It opened the U.S. portion of the facility to federal agencies, university and private sector researchers by designating the station as a national laboratory. In addition to NIH, NASA has similar research agreements with the Departments of Defense, Agriculture and Energy and the National Science Foundation.
Scientists will conduct their experiments under a two-stage mechanism. The first is a ground-based preparatory phase to allow investigators to meet select milestones and technical requirements. The second is an experimental phase on the space station that will include preparing the experiments for launch, working with astronauts to conduct them on orbit and performing subsequent data analyses on Earth.
"BioMed-ISS offers a novel opportunity for gaining scientific insights that would not otherwise be possible through ground-based means," said Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the NIH's National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and NIH liaison to NASA. "The beauty of this initiative is that it offers an unprecedented opportunity for benefitting human health on earth, while leveraging the American public's investment in the ISS."
NIH is hosting three rounds of competition for the initiative. The first round of grants for the ground-based phase, totaling an estimated $1,323,000, has been awarded as follows:
Paola Divieti, M.D., Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston: Weight-bearing activities contribute to the development and maintenance of bone mass, while weightlessness and immobility, as experienced by the astronauts and bedridden and immobilized patients, can result in bone loss and a weakened skeleton. Osteocytes, the most common type of bone cell, are believed to have gravity-sensing abilities. These cells play a key role in bone remodeling, a process that is vital to skeletal health. In studying osteocytes in a gravity-free environment, Divieti aims to uncover new therapeutic targets for osteoporosis and related bone diseases.
Millie Hughes-Fulford, Ph.D., Northern California Institute for Research and Education, San Francisco: The immune system, which protects the body against foreign substances, is suppressed in space. A reduction in the immune response also occurs in the elderly, who, like the astronauts, are at increased risk for infection. As a former astronaut, Hughes-Fulford, a former payload specialist on the STS-40 Spacelab Life Sciences shuttle mission in 1991, aims to apply lessons learned from studies of immune cells in microgravity to a new model for investigating the loss of immune response in older women and men.
Declan McCole, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego: The movement of toxins from intestines to other organs in the body is a major source of illness in the United States. A major factor in disease stems from the ability of toxins to compromise the natural barrier function of cells in the gastrointestinal tract. Using microgravity based three-dimensional cell culture models, McCole plans to generate insights regarding the barrier properties of the intestines, and explore how the absence of gravity affects a toxin's ability to diminish this barrier.
For more information about NIH and NASA activities, visit:
For information about the International Space Station, visit:
For more information about NIH and its programs, visit:
Aviation Week: "NIH Initiates Space Station Research".
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Some great Soyuz patch previews from collectSPACE:
Note the Soyuz made from 1s and 0s on the TMA-01M patch - this is because the TMA-01M mission is the first flight of the new Soyuz TMA-M variant - the "digital" Soyuz!
A bit of fun:
Take the binary sequence from the Soyuz TMA-01M patch...
...and put it into the binary box on this binary translator.
In text, the binary sequence says "STMA-01M".
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|09-13-2010, 07:53 PM||#531|
ISSU Project Manager
Spaceflight Now: "Engineers assess space station's structural integrity".
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 13/09/2010:
FE-5 Fyodor Yurchikhin worked in the Progress M-07M/39P vehicle to install the electronic LKT local temperature sensor commutator (TA251MB) of the BITS2-12 onboard telemetry measurement system and its PZU-1M ROM (Read Only Memory), using recycled boxes from stowage. This completes the integration of the cargo ship into the ISS RS MCS (Motion Control System).
Working on the CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) in the Lab AR-1 (Atmosphere Revitalization-1) rack, FE-4 Doug Wheelock performed a leak inspection on the Hydraflow connectors of its Bed 201 and installed the MCA (Major Constituent Analyzer) DCA (Data & Control Assembly), assisted by FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson. [After some issues with the AR-2 CDRA in Node 3, which ground controllers recovered OK, today's maintenance on the Lab CDRA, focusing on the Hydraflow connectors and the MCA, is intended to restore the second CDRA to operation.]
|09-14-2010, 09:55 PM||#532|
ISSU Project Manager
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 14/09/2010:
With the Lab CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) restored to full service yesterday and the Node 3 CDRA not now required, FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson supported its deactivation by disconnecting its LTL (Low Temperature Loop) return line at the AR-2 (Atmosphere Revitalization-2) rack.
A one-burn reboost of ISS is scheduled tomorrow morning at 9:04 AM GMT using the Progress M-07M/39P DPO rendezvous & docking thrusters. Planned burn duration: 8 minutes 46 seconds; delta-V: 1.2 m/s (3.94 ft/s). Expected mean altitude gain: 2.1 km (1.13 nmi). Purpose: Set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-18/22S landing on 23/09 (Eastern) and Soyuz TMA-01M/24S launch conditions on 07/10. This reboost along with another in mid-October will set up phasing for Progress M-08M/40P launch on 27/10 and a string of consecutive FD-3 launch opportunities for STS-133/ULF-5 starting on 01/11.
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NASA TV Video: Space Station Cameras Capture Igor.
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|09-15-2010, 10:21 PM||#534|
ISSU Project Manager
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 15/09/2010:
CDR Alexander Skvortsov & FE-3 Mikhail Kornienko spent several hours with prepacking cargo and loading it on the Soyuz TMA-18/22S spacecraft for their 23/09 departure.
In the COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), FE-4 Doug Wheelock temporarily relocated cargo bags from specific locations to make room for the planned MARES (Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System) commissioning.
A one-burn reboost of ISS was performed successfully this morning at 9:04 AM GMT using the Progress M-07M/39P DPO rendezvous & docking thrusters. Burn duration was 8 minutes 46 seconds; delta-V: 1.25 m/s (4.09 ft/s). Mean altitude gain: 2.19 km (1.18 nmi). Purpose: Set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-18/22S landing on 23/09 (Eastern) and Soyuz TMA-01M/24S launch conditions on 07/10. This reboost along with another one in mid-October sets up phasing for Progress M-08M/40P launch on 27/10 and a string of consecutive FD-3 launch opportunities for STS-133/ULF-5 starting on 01/11.
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NASA Extends International Space Station Contract.
NASA has awarded a five-year, $1.24 billion contract extension to The Boeing Co. to continue engineering support of the International Space Station through Sept. 30, 2015.
Work under the contract extension is intended to maintain the station at peak performance levels so the full value of the unique research laboratory is available to NASA, its international partners, other U.S. government agencies and private companies. NASA officially accepted the space station from Boeing at the conclusion of a March 2010 Acceptance Review Board that verified the delivery, assembly, integration and activation of all hardware and software required by the contract. The acceptance signified the transition from assembly of the station to utilization.
This action extends the space station’s Vehicle Sustaining Engineering Contract, which was originally awarded in January 1995 and most recently extended in 2008. The extension brings the total contract value through the end of fiscal year 2015 to $16.2 billion.
Work under the contract extension will include sustaining engineering of station hardware and software, and support of U.S. hardware and software provided to international partners and participants in the station program. The extension also includes end-to-end subsystem management for the majority of station systems, including materials and processes, electrical, electronic, and electromechanical parts, environments and electromagnetic effects.
NASA and its international partner agencies are in the final stages of analyzing the ability to sustain station operations through 2020 and awaiting formal confirmation of this goal by the governments of participating countries. This contract extension also includes assessment of the feasibility of extending the life of the primary structural hardware that was installed in orbit through the end of 2028.
The work will be performed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., and at other domestic and international locations.
NASA Awards Boeing $1.24B Extension to International Space Station Sustainment Contract.
Boeing today announced that NASA has awarded the company an extension to the International Space Station (ISS) contract for sustaining engineering. The extension is valued at $1.24 billion over a five-year period.
Under the extension, which begins Oct. 1, Boeing will provide sustaining engineering for hardware and software on the U.S. segment of the ISS and for common hardware and software available to the international partners.
The work also will include:
• Management of ISS subsystems.
• Analytical integration and flight support.
• On-orbit engineering support.
• Monitoring and trending system performance.
• Anomaly resolution, specialty engineering, and oversight of ongoing maintenance.
Boeing will perform the work at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as well as at Boeing sites in Houston, Huntsville, and Huntington Beach, Calif.
"Boeing’s knowledge of the International Space Station allows us to safely fly and operate the station to 2015, set the stage to enable ISS operations until 2020, and potentially extend operations through 2028," said Joy Bryant, Boeing vice president and program manager for ISS. "We are partnering with NASA to ensure the health of the station’s many subsystems in order to pave the way for ground-breaking science and research aboard the laboratories on station in the years ahead."
Besides sustaining engineering, the overall ISS contract also includes purchasing spare components and modifying current systems.
"We proved to NASA, through our technical and program management performance, that we are the right long-term partner for ongoing support to the International Space Station Program," Bryant said.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world's largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $34 billion business with 68,000 employees worldwide.
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Roscosmos PAO: "Fruit Flies Tested in the ISS Russian Segment".
After a rather long calm period with biotechnology in the Russian segment of the International Space Station, fruit flies returned to the ISS, flight engineer Fiodor Yurchikhin said answering the question from the ISS Mail Box in Memorial Space Museum. The project devoted to the Year of Russian Space Exploration- 2011 – is supported by Roscosmos PAO.
There were several questions about living organisms onboard the ISS in the Mail Box. It’s true, insects or small animals were not tested in the Russian segment for a rather long time.
Fruit flies in special containers – Polygen experiment - were brought by Progress M-07M docked to the station last Sunday.
The insects will spend some time in microgravity, until their return in Soyuz TMA-18 on Sept. 24, in order to give scientists the opportunity to verify their capabilities in zero-g, with the further on purpose to use the results for similar evaluations of the human body, Yurchikhin explained.
According to him, several other biotechnological experiments to be carried out by Russian cosmonauts within next week are to be returned to the Earth on Sept. 24.
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NASA TV Video: "Dual Hurricanes in the Atlantic".
NASA TV Video: "Expedition 24 Discusses Mission with Media".
|09-19-2010, 03:09 PM||#536|
ISSU Project Manager
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 16/09/2010:
In COL, FE-4 Doug Wheelock & FE-6 Shannon Walker began with the long-awaited assembly and installation of the extensive MARES (Muscle Atrophy Resistive Exercise System) payload hardware. [First steps today included setting up the VCA (Video Camera Assembly) and digital still camera to support documentary video & photography, unstowing the MARES components from the launch configuration (most of it stowed in the JLP, assembling the electronics into the Main Box and configuring other components. Background: The ESA MARES will be used for research on musculoskeletal, biomechanical, and neuromuscular human physiology to better understand the effects of microgravity on the muscular system. MARES hardware comprises an adjustable chair and human restraint system, a pantograph (an articulated arm supporting the chair, used to properly position the user), a direct drive motor, associated electronics and experiment programming software, a linear adapter that translates motor rotation into linear movements, and a vibration isolation frame. It is capable of supporting measurements & exercise on seven different human joints, encompassing nine different angular movements, as well as two additional linear movements (arms and legs). It is considerably more advanced than current ground-based medical dynamometers (devices used to measure force or torque) and a vast improvement over existing ISS muscle research facilities. MARES may be used together with an associated device called the PEMS II (Percutaneous Electrical Muscle Stimulator II).]
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SPACE.com: "New Biology Research to Run on Space Station".
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 17/09/2010:
CDR Alexander Skvortsov & FE-3 Mikhail Kornienko retreated for two hours into the Soyuz TMA-18/22S spacecraft's SA (Descent Module) to conduct the Soyuz descent drill, a standard training exercise for every crew returning on a Soyuz. Results of the exercise, which strictly forbids any command activation (except for switching the InPU display), were subsequently reported to ground control at TsUP/Moscow. [The session includes a review of the pertinent ODFs (Operational Data Files), specifically the books on Soyuz Ascent & Descent Procedures, Emergency Descents, and Off-Nominal Situations, crew responsibilities when executing the flight program, visual crew recognition of SUS (Entry Control System) failures, spacesuit procedures, etc., with special emphasis on operations with the Neptune-ME cockpit console. The training uses a Descent Simulator application (Trenasher Spusk ="descent trainer") on the RSK1 laptop. During the actual descent, Alexander, as Soyuz CDR, will occupy the middle couch, with Mikhail in the left & FE-3 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson in the right Kazbek couch. Pending the final State Commission decision at about 3.5 hours before undocking, 22S return is expected on 24/09 (next Friday).]
In COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), FE-6 Shannon Walker finished up on the extensive assembly and installation of the MARES (Muscle Atrophy Resistive Exercise System) payload hardware, assisted by Wheels. [Steps today included setting up the VCA (Video Camera Assembly) and digital still camera to support documentary video & photography, installing the VIF (Vibration Isolation Frame) onto the MARES Rack, preparing & cabling the PIU (Power Interface Unit), performing power verification, finally disconnecting and stowing the equipment.
Ground controllers were to conduct a remote-controlled checkout of the PAS-4 (Payload Attach System-4) located on the S3 Truss lower inboard, at ~3:45 PM GMT, using the S1 lower inboard camera for monitoring. No crew involvement required.
Pete's note: I assumed this was to verify PAS-4 functionality for ELC-4 install during STS-133/ULF-5. However, upon checking, I learned that ELC-4 will be installed on PAS-3, not PAS-4. Also, PAS-4 is located on the S3 Truss lower outboard, not inboard, and is currently occupied by ESP-3. So I'm assuming that PAS-4 was written in error, and that PAS-3 has actually been checked out.
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NASA TV Video: Three Hurricanes Tracked by Station Cameras.
NASA TV Video: ISS Crew Gives Perspective on Huricanes to Weather Channel.
NASA TV Video: Next ISS Crew Meets Media and Pays Homage at Red Square.
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|09-19-2010, 07:52 PM||#538|
ISSU Project Manager
Cosmonauts and Astronauts Can Visit Any ISS Segment.
Russian cosmonauts and NASA astronauts can visit Russian and US segments of the International Space Station, GCTC Chief Sergey Krikalev said questioned by RIA Novosti during traditional press conference of Soyuz TMA-01M crew.
Asked about 'segmenting' of the ISS, Krikalev said that there were no borders onboard the station, so cosmonauts and astronauts can move freely in the ISS.
Soyuz commander Alexander Kaleri added that ISS crews have meals together in one or the other segment. The crews are not inclined to violate this tradition.
Plush Monkey to Indicate Zero-Gravity in Soyuz TMA-01M.
Plush monkey will become a talisman for the new expedition of the International Space Station. The monkey will also indicate weightlessness in the Soyuz TMA-01M vehicle during the launch sequence, Soyuz commander Alexander Kaleri told news media during the pre-flight conference at GCTC.
Speaking about the mission, Kaleri said that the crew is to make 3 EVAs and to carry out a variety of scientific experiments, including unique Plasma Crystal he personally likes best.
Soyuz TMA-01M is due to fly from Baikonur on Oct. 8, RIA Novosti informs.
|09-22-2010, 10:04 PM||#540|
ISSU Project Manager
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 20/09/2010:
FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson & FE-6 Shannon Walker joined forces to relocate the CHeCS (Crew Health Care System) RSR (Resupply Stowage Rack) from rack bay LAB1O5 (Lab Overhead 5) to LAB1D4 (Lab Deck 5).
FE-4 Doug Wheelock had ~2.5 hours set aside for IFM (Inflight Maintenance) preparatory to the arrival of the PMM on STS-133/ULF-5 in November, installing a power jumper for the PMM Mod Kit.
Wheels also cleared out rack bay NOD2D5 (Node 2 Deck 5) for the CQ-3 (Crew Quarters-3) relocation from JPM1D3 (JPM Deck 3) by relocating stowed cargo bags.
In COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), Tracy restored the stowage to its original state before the temporary cargo removal to allow MARES (Muscle Atrophy Resistive Exercise System) Commissioning. [Restored were front stowage bags from bays D1 & D2 to their original positions at O3 (Overhead 3), O4, D3 (Deck 3) & D4.]
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Roscosmos PAO: "ISS Cosmonauts Study Polymer Production Methods".
On Sept. 20, Russian crew members of the International Space Station have a rather tough schedule. This day, the cosmonauts are preparing for the landing scheduled for Sept. 24, and perform different experiments.
Biotechnology is the main activity in the today’s scientific program of the crew. Among the experiments, there is Membrane, which is devoted to studying production methods of porous polymers with proper structures. These materials can be used as filters, membranes, sorbents. The polymers are grown in special tubes in microgravity.
Flight engineer Fiodor Yurchikhin today will work with the first kit of the experiment, and continue with the second one tomorrow. On Wednesday, he will accommodate the kits in the Soyuz TMA-18 vehicle for return early in the morning on Sept. 24.
Alexander Skvortsov and Mikhail Kornienko go on with physical training to restore muscles and adjust themselves for gravity after the long-term mission.
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Roscosmos PAO: "About 20 Air Force Craft to Maintain Soyuz TMA-18 Crew Safety During Descent".
Return of the ISS-24 crew will be supported by about 20 helicopters and airplanes, and 250 people, official of Russian Air Force Vladimir Brik told RIA Novosti.
The Air Force trainied yesterday in Kazakhstan in order to prepare for landing of the Soyuz TMA-18 with three crew – Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and Tracy Caldwell Dyson early in the morning on Sept. 24. The capsule is expected to land at 08:55 a.m. Moscow time, North East from Kazakhstan’s Dzheskazgan.
On the ground, expert groups from Rosaeronavigation, GCTC, RSC-Energia, IBMP doctors, NASA and other entities will wait for the crew in several expected landing spots.
According to Brik, Russian Air Force will also support the launch of the Soyuz TMA-01M crew vehicle to occur on Oct. 8 from Baikonur.
Roscosmos PAO: "Gagarin's Launch Pad Prepared for Human Space Launch".
Soyuz TMA-01M launch campaign continues at Baikonur. The vehicle with three crew members onboard is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station on Oct. 8.
TSENKI’s subsidiary- Yuzhny Space Center carries out prelaunch processing at pad 1 of the space port- Gagarin’s launch pad.
In parallel, the equipment of filling station 31 is being prepared for further prop tanking into the Soyuz propulsion system.
Baikonur’s pad 1 - the site used to launch Soyuzes – is the most famous launch pad in the world. R-7 blasted off from here on Oct. 4 to loft the first satellite, and Yury Gagarin also started his world-first space mission from pad 1, opening the ear of human space exploration.
The facility was built in 1955 – 1957. More than 100 human space vehicles, first Moon, Mars, Venus stations flew from pad 1.
This launch pad is used intensively until now. Up to 10 rockets of Soyuz-U and Soyuz-FG type are launched from this facility to orbit Soyuz-TMA crew and Progress cargo vehicles to the International Space Station.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 21/09/2010:
With the protective shutters of the JPM, Lab and Cupola windows closed, CDR Alexander Skvortsov prepared for Soyuz TMA-18/22S undocking next Thursday evening by spending an hour in the 22S Descent Module (SA) supporting a ground-commanded checkout of the Soyuz MCS (Motion Control System SUD, Mode 2/"Docked") which included pressurization of the KDU (Combined Propulsion System) Section 2 and Tank 2, a test of the pilot's translational hand controller (RUD), and a hot firing of the DPO braking thrusters (7:51 AM to 8:17 AM GMT). DPO lateral thrusters were not fired. [For the RST (rasstjkovkoy/undocking) test, station attitude was handed over to Russian thruster control at 7:30 AM GMT, commanded to free drift at 7:51 AM, then back to LVLH (Local Vertical Local Horizontal) XVV (X-axis in Velocity Vector) attitude. The one-minute firing started on Daily Orbit 2 during an RGS (Russian Groundsite) pass. Attitude control was returned to the USOS at 8:18 AM GMT.]
Afterwards, FE-4 Doug Wheelock spent several hours in Node 2, installing a rack grounding strap in the D5 (Deck 5) location and making other necessary preparations in support of tomorrow's scheduled relocation of the CQ-3 (Crew Quarters-3) rack from JPM1D3 (JPM Deck 3) to NOD2D5 (Node 2 Deck 5).
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Some great photos of the MARES commissioning are now up at the Expedition 24 Image Gallery (see pages 24 & 25).
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RIA Novosti: "Soyuz spacecraft upgrade ups payload by 70 kg".
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 22/09/2010:
FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson removed the "bump-out" structural elements on the Portside & Overhead CQs (Crew Quarters) in Node 2, in preparation for the subsequent CQ-3 installation by FE-4 Doug Wheelock.
Wheels, in parts assisted by FE-6 Shannon Walker, transferred the CQ-3 rack from JPM1D3 and installed it in NOD2D5. [Wheels had made necessary preparations in Node 2 yesterday.]
With ISS command now being transferred from Alexander Skvortsov to Douglas Wheelock for Increment 25, beginning this week, and Fyodor Yurchikhin remaining aboard as the sole Russian cosmonauts, Alexander & Fyodor, at ~2:00 PM GMT, signed two copies of the formal Russian handover protocol document certifying RS (Russian Segment) handover/acceptance, including the contents of Progress M-05M/37P (#405), currently docked at DC-1 Nadir, and Progress M-07M/39P (#407), docked at SM Aft. [The first copy remains on ISS, the second copy will be returned to the ground on Soyuz TMA-18. "We, the Undersigned, have executed this Protocol to the effect that Skvortsov Alexander Alexandrovich, a crew member in charge of ISS RS E23/24, handed over and, Yurchikhin Fyodor Nikolayevich, a crew member in charge of ISS RS E24/25 accepted the ISS RS, including:- operation specifics, - onboard systems and hardware anomaly report,- Progress 405 and Progress 407 items (per IMS data)."]
The traditional "Change of Command" ceremony is scheduled later today, at ~9:05 PM to 9:20 PM GMT, with all crewmembers, officially marking the transfer of the baton from Increment 24 to Increment 25. [The official "count" for I-25 begins on Monday 27/09 (GMT 270).]
Soyuz TMA-18/22S Descent Timeline Overview:
If everything proceeds nominally, the return to Earth of the TMA-18 spacecraft tomorrow, 23/09, will proceed along the following approximate event sequence (all times GMT):
What the Soyuz TMA-18 crew will experience during their reentry/descent on Thursday evening:
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International Partners Discuss Space Station Extension And Use.
The International Space Station partner agencies met Tuesday, Sept. 21, by videoconference to discuss continuation of space station operations into the next decade and its use as a research laboratory.
The Multilateral Coordination Board (MCB) meeting included senior representatives from NASA, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The MCB meets periodically to ensure coordination of station operations and activities among the partners.
The MCB was pleased to learn that the government of Japan has approved continuing space station operations beyond 2016. Coupled with the approval of the government of the Russian Federation for continuation to 2020, this progress is indicative of the strength of the station partnership and the successful use of station.
ESA and CSA are working with their respective governments to reach consensus about the continuation of the station. NASA also is continuing to work with the U.S. Congress to complete the necessary procedures to extend station operations consistent with the presidential budget request.
The MCB also noted the benefits to future exploration beyond low-Earth orbit through enhanced station research, technology development and other opportunities.
Each partner agency reaffirmed its commitment to gaining the maximum return from station with increasing the operational efficiency. On-going research with potential societal impacts includes:
-- NASA and the National Institutes of Health recently announced three new biomedical experiments using the station's unique microgravity facilities to improve human health on Earth. The experiments will use the station to study how bones and the immune system weaken in space as part of NIH’s new BioMed-ISS program.
-- CSA will focus its life science research program on mitigating health risks associated with spaceflight. More specifically, these health experiments and activities will monitor crew health and deliver health care on space missions, develop exercise, etc.
-- ESA just started a fluid physics experiment in the Microgravity Science Glovebox onboard the station's Columbus module that is of high interest to material scientists. The experiment uses advanced optical diagnostics to investigate the transformation of particles to aggregates due to density fluctuations in a mixture. The ESA experiment demonstrates a new capability to reverse and fine-tune the aggregation process; such control may yield a significant potential impact on fabrication of micro-structured materials such as photonic crystals.
-- Roscosmos continues experimental programs aimed at human’s adaptation to future long-term expeditions. Effects of the flight conditions on the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and bones are being carefully investigated in dedicated medical experiments. Other research being conducted includes plantation of wheat and vegetables followed by genetic, microbiological and biochemical tests of plants.
-- Japan's externally mounted X-Ray camera monitors more than 1,000 X-ray sources in space, including black holes and neutron stars. The instrument scans the entire sky in X-ray wavelengths and downlinks data to be distributed through the Internet to research groups around the world. Since last October, it has issued more than 50 alerts for the X-ray transient phenomena.
All of the partners also recognize the key role of the space station in inspiring students around the world to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. More than 30 million students have participated in human spaceflight though communications downlinks and interactive experiments with station astronauts.
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The Huntsville Times: "Army astronaut today becomes first to command International Space Station".
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Price too high on space module for hire.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has received few requests from private corporations wanting to lease space in the research module Kibo on the International Space Station, with the high cost thought to be a major reason for the lack of interest.
Under a pricing system introduced by JAXA in June last year, corporations can pay 5.5 million yen per hour to have astronauts from Japan, the United States or other nations carry out scientific experiments or other activities in Kibo.
JAXA expected to receive commissions for 10 to 30 hours per year, but orders have fallen well short of that, the agency said.
Since JAXA began leasing space in Kibo in September 2008, just four commercial operations have been conducted in the module.
They include the shooting of TV commercials for chewing gum and cameras, and a project that involved keeping seeds in space for several months and later distributing them to children on Earth.
The agency plans to work out measures to expand commercial use of the module, and will consult various companies in the near future.
At first, JAXA employed a bidding system, offering set usage periods for purchase by companies via auction.
However, it changed to a first-come-first-serve, hourly rate system after hearing from industrial circles that the bidding system was difficult to work with.
The seeds-in-space project is the only one to have been commissioned since the hourly rate was introduced, and astronauts have been left with nothing to do.
"Amid a deep recession, 5.5 million yen per hour might've been too expensive," a JAXA official said.
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