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http://www.energia.ru/rus/iss/iss21/photo_05-13.html

Maksim Suraev have trained at RSC Energia today.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #1 on: 06/04/2009 07:13 PM »
Maksim Suraev has trained at RSC Energia today.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #2 on: 07/17/2009 04:25 AM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-134

NASA ANNOUNCES NEWS CONFERENCE WITH NEXT SPACE STATION CREW

HOUSTON -- A NASA astronaut, Russian cosmonaut and the founder of
Cirque du Soleil will hold a news conference at 8 a.m. CDT, Thursday,
July 23 to discuss their upcoming flight to the International Space
Station.

Jeff Williams, Maxim Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Lalibert?
of Canada are scheduled to launch on a Soyuz spacecraft Sept. 30 from
the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. They will arrive two days
later and join the Expedition 20 crew Commander Gennady Padalka, NASA
astronaut Mike Barratt, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De
Winne, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bob Thirsk and Russian
cosmonaut Roman Romanenko.

The news conference from NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will
be broadcast live on NASA Television. The briefing will include
questions from reporters located at participating NASA centers and
international partner location.

Reporters interested in individual interviews with Williams and Suraev
should contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than
noon July 22. A photo opportunity with Williams, Suraev and Lalibert?
will be held following the news conference.

On Oct. 11, Padalka and Barratt will return to Earth with Lalibert?,
who will spend nine days on the station under a commercial agreement
with the Russian Federal Space Agency.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,
visit:



http://www.nasa.gov/ntv


For more information about the International Space Station, visit



http://www.nasa.gov/station


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #3 on: 07/23/2009 01:03 PM »
If anyone is interested this is up next on nasatv
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #4 on: 07/23/2009 01:06 PM »
« Last Edit: 07/23/2009 01:07 PM by stockman »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #5 on: 07/23/2009 01:07 PM »
« Last Edit: 07/23/2009 01:08 PM by stockman »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #6 on: 07/23/2009 01:24 PM »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #7 on: 07/23/2009 01:37 PM »
I wish soneone was transcribing what was being said...I'm curious what Guy Laliberte is saying...I've checked out his mission's website...he's quite a character.

I suspect this "spaceflight participant's" mission is going to be quite different than previous missions as Guy is the first "artsy" type of participant to fly...I've seen quite a number of Cirque De Soleil shows...they've all been very entertaining and very different from your typical circus...I imagine this will translate over to Guy's space flight...hiope he gets lots of TV time....

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #8 on: 07/23/2009 01:38 PM »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #9 on: 07/23/2009 01:39 PM »
I wish soneone was transcribing what was being said


agreed.. Hopefully John44 records it so we can pick up the video with sound later...
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #10 on: 07/23/2009 04:19 PM »
EXPEDITION 21 - SPACEFIGHT PARTICIPANT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5204

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #11 on: 07/24/2009 02:57 AM »
EXPEDITION 21 - SPACEFIGHT PARTICIPANT CREW NEWS CONFERENCE
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5204

Thanks John44 for capturing this news conference....I just had a chance to replay it...lots of questions for Guy Laliberte....as I said earlier, his spaceflight participation mission stands a chance of being different than the others simply because of his life long involvment in the arts...we often get a very clinical view of space flight from the various astronaut/cosmonauts who sometimes struggle to tell us Earthlings what going into space is like...as an artist, Guy brings a fresh way of interpreting the space environment...he seems quite passionate about his opportunity...I'm looking forward to hearing his experiences....Should also be a hoot to see him show off his "busker" skills such as card tricks, to his fellow crew mates...

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #12 on: 08/02/2009 08:11 PM »
I have a question regarding ISS back-up crew assignments.
For Expedition 21, the back-up crew member for Jeff Williams is Shannon Walker.
If for any reason Williams could not fly and was replaced by Walker, would she become the ISS increment CDR as well?
Thank you.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #13 on: 08/04/2009 01:37 AM »
I have a question regarding ISS back-up crew assignments.
For Expedition 21, the back-up crew member for Jeff Williams is Shannon Walker.
If for any reason Williams could not fly and was replaced by Walker, would she become the ISS increment CDR as well?
Thank you.

Yep.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #14 on: 08/04/2009 03:14 PM »
For Expedition 21, the back-up crew member for Jeff Williams is Shannon Walker

In Soyuz TMA-16 a back-up crewmember for Jeffrey Williams is Shannon Walker, but on ISS a back-up crewmember for him is Aleksandr Skvortsov.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #15 on: 08/04/2009 09:37 PM »
Thanks, Anik.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #16 on: 08/04/2009 10:10 PM »
Actually, according to this www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2008/nov/HQ_08-306_Expedition_crews.html  NASA release, ISS crews don´t have backups anymore.

"Specific backup crew members will not be announced because the streamlined training flow for six-person crews. If needed, backups can be selected from subsequent crews in training."


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #17 on: 08/05/2009 03:21 PM »
http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/iss21/photo_08-05.html
August 5, 2009

S.P.Korolev RSC Energia hosted training sessions under the crew-training program for Expedition Twenty One to the International Space Station (ISS-21).

Corporation specialists familiarized Russian cosmonaut, Commander of the primary crew of Soyuz TMA-16 M. Suraev with the on-board video equipment on the ISS RS, as well as multipurpose indicator panel to be installed in the MRM2 (MiniResearch Module).

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #18 on: 08/17/2009 06:42 PM »
For Expedition 21, the back-up crew member for Jeff Williams is Shannon Walker

In Soyuz TMA-16 a back-up crewmember for Jeffrey Williams is Shannon Walker, but on ISS a back-up crewmember for him is Aleksandr Skvortsov

I am sorry. I was misinformed. On ISS a back-up crewmember for Jeffrey Williams is Shannon Walker also.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #19 on: 09/15/2009 09:22 PM »
Positions of Expedition 21 crewmembers (as per my source):

CDR - Frank De Winne (ISS-20/21 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-15 FE1)
FE1 - Maksim Suraev (ISS-21/22 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-16 CDR)
FE2 - Nicole Stott (ISS-21/22 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-16 FE2)
FE3 - Roman Romanenko (ISS-20/21 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-15 CDR)
FE4 - Robert Thirsk (ISS-20/21 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-15 FE2)
FE5 - Jeffrey Williams (ISS-21/22 crewmember; Soyuz TMA-16 FE1)

Can someone tell me how surname of Belgian astronaut writes correctly: De Winne or de Winne?
« Last Edit: 09/18/2009 01:53 PM by anik »

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #20 on: 09/17/2009 11:01 AM »
Anik,

in the Dutch language a pre-word to a name (like 'de' in 'Frank de Winne') is usually not written in Capitals except when it is the first part of the name written.

Hence:
If you write Frank de Winne, the 'de' is not written with a Capital d.
If you write De Winne, (leaving out the Frank part) the 'De' is the first part of the name and hence gets Capitalized.

I know, it's a funny language.
;)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #21 on: 09/17/2009 03:05 PM »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #22 on: 09/17/2009 05:30 PM »
 Expedition 21 - Spaceflight Participant Crew Departure from Star City
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5389

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #23 on: 09/17/2009 07:03 PM »
Many thanks for detailed explanation, Spiff! :)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #24 on: 09/17/2009 10:36 PM »
Anik,

in the Dutch language a pre-word to a name (like 'de' in 'Frank de Winne') is usually not written in Capitals except when it is the first part of the name written.

Hence:
If you write Frank de Winne, the 'de' is not written with a Capital d.
If you write De Winne, (leaving out the Frank part) the 'De' is the first part of the name and hence gets Capitalized.

I know, it's a funny language.
;)

This may be true in The Netherlands, but unfortunately for your explanation, Frank is a Belgian. In Belgium, you will see Frank De Winne always written with a capital D, since that's the only correct spelling. In a database, it will not come under the "W" section, but the "D" section. It's a common mix up between Dutch from The Netherlands and Belgian Dutch. As a side note, in Belgium writing a lower case "d" could imply that Frank is a descendant of a noble family. Funnily, he's not a descendant, but he became noble after the Belgian king gave him a title of viscount (in Dutch "burggraaf" and in French "vicomte") after his first spaceflight in 2002. Nevertheless this title will not be inherited by his children.
Sorry Spiff, but being a Belgian I had to correct this small misunderstanding. Especially when it comes to be assimilated to the Dutch culture ;) . No hard feelings...  ;D

And for Anik: the only correct way is Frank De Winne.
Greetings from little Belgium.
« Last Edit: 09/17/2009 10:41 PM by Solar_OPS »

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #25 on: 09/17/2009 11:41 PM »
Anik,

in the Dutch language a pre-word to a name (like 'de' in 'Frank de Winne') is usually not written in Capitals except when it is the first part of the name written.

Hence:
If you write Frank de Winne, the 'de' is not written with a Capital d.
If you write De Winne, (leaving out the Frank part) the 'De' is the first part of the name and hence gets Capitalized.

I know, it's a funny language.
;)

This may be true in The Netherlands, but unfortunately for your explanation, Frank is a Belgian. In Belgium, you will see Frank De Winne always written with a capital D, since that's the only correct spelling. In a database, it will not come under the "W" section, but the "D" section. It's a common mix up between Dutch from The Netherlands and Belgian Dutch. As a side note, in Belgium writing a lower case "d" could imply that Frank is a descendant of a noble family. Funnily, he's not a descendant, but he became noble after the Belgian king gave him a title of viscount (in Dutch "burggraaf" and in French "vicomte") after his first spaceflight in 2002. Nevertheless this title will not be inherited by his children.
Sorry Spiff, but being a Belgian I had to correct this small misunderstanding. Especially when it comes to be assimilated to the Dutch culture ;) . No hard feelings...  ;D

And for Anik: the only correct way is Frank De Winne.
Greetings from little Belgium.
Now where's Hercule Poirot when you need him? ;)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #26 on: 09/18/2009 11:44 AM »
Anik,

in the Dutch language a pre-word to a name (like 'de' in 'Frank de Winne') is usually not written in Capitals except when it is the first part of the name written.

Hence:
If you write Frank de Winne, the 'de' is not written with a Capital d.
If you write De Winne, (leaving out the Frank part) the 'De' is the first part of the name and hence gets Capitalized.

I know, it's a funny language.
;)

This may be true in The Netherlands, but unfortunately for your explanation, Frank is a Belgian. In Belgium, you will see Frank De Winne always written with a capital D, since that's the only correct spelling. In a database, it will not come under the "W" section, but the "D" section. It's a common mix up between Dutch from The Netherlands and Belgian Dutch. As a side note, in Belgium writing a lower case "d" could imply that Frank is a descendant of a noble family. Funnily, he's not a descendant, but he became noble after the Belgian king gave him a title of viscount (in Dutch "burggraaf" and in French "vicomte") after his first spaceflight in 2002. Nevertheless this title will not be inherited by his children.
Sorry Spiff, but being a Belgian I had to correct this small misunderstanding. Especially when it comes to be assimilated to the Dutch culture ;) . No hard feelings...  ;D

And for Anik: the only correct way is Frank De Winne.
Greetings from little Belgium.

I stand corrected. I didn't know that this was different in Flemish than in Dutch. Thanks Solar_OPS for your correction. ;)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #27 on: 09/18/2009 01:47 PM »
And for Anik: the only correct way is Frank De Winne.
Greetings from little Belgium

Many thanks, Solar_OPS! It is very nice to get answer to this question from a Belgian! And greetings from big Russia. :)


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #29 on: 09/19/2009 06:31 PM »
AAaaargh....

International "Talk like a pirate day" has surfaced on the ISS com links today. :)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #30 on: 09/22/2009 01:40 PM »
not sure if this is the right place... current live snap from ISS... no reason.. just a nice view...
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #31 on: 09/28/2009 04:12 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #32 on: 09/28/2009 05:11 PM »
 Expedition 21/Spaceflight Participant Crew Activities in Baikonur, Kazakhstan And Soyuz Rocket Mating and Rollout
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5409

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #33 on: 09/29/2009 05:41 PM »
 Expedition 21- Spaceflight Participant Crew News Conference and Russian State Commission Meeting
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5410

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #34 on: 09/29/2009 08:49 PM »
Less then 11 hours to the launch  of the Expedition 21 crew. 
Nasa has on their website just released the Expedition21/22 Press
Kit!!!!
However  NASA still has not updated their Expedition21 web page
with the crew's interviews .

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #35 on: 09/30/2009 07:36 AM »
 Expedition 21 - Spaceflight Participant Launch
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5413

 Expedition 21 - Spaceflight Participant Launch Replays
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5414

 Expedition 21- Spaceflight Participant Pre-Launch Activities Launch and Post-Launch Interviews from Baikonur
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5415
« Last Edit: 09/30/2009 11:14 AM by John44 »

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #36 on: 09/30/2009 03:27 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #38 on: 10/02/2009 01:05 PM »
 Expedition 21 - Spaceflight Participant Docking to the ISS
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5418

 Expedition 21 - Spaceflight Participant - Post-Docking News Conference
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5419

 Expedition 21- Spaceflight Participant Hatch Opening and Welcoming Ceremony by Expedition 20
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5420


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #39 on: 10/06/2009 05:08 PM »
ESA PR 24-2009. ESA astronaut Frank De Winne will become the first European commander of the International Space Station this weekend, after the current commander Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka has left the ISS.

Read more:
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMA2BXRA0G_index_0.html

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #43 on: 10/09/2009 09:20 PM »
WRM Update: A new WRM (Water Recovery Management) “cue card” was uplinked last night to the crew for their reference, updated with yesterday’s CWC (Collapsible Water Container) water audit. [The new card (20-0055V) lists 79 CWCs (~1,823.0 L total) for the four types of water identified on board: 1. technical water (66 CWCs with 1,438.8 L, for Elektron electrolysis, incl. 225.9 L for flushing only due to Wautersia bacteria & 176.2 L in 4 clean bags for contingency use, 2. potable water (8 CWCs with 323.1 L, of which 194.8 L (5 bags) are currently off-limit pending ground analysis results), the remainder good for contingency use, 3. condensate water (3 CWCs, empty), 4. waste/EMU dump and other (2 CWCs with 61.1 L). Wautersia bacteria are typical water-borne microorganisms that have been seen previously in ISS water sources. These isolates pose no threat to human health.]

AgCam Update: After more troubleshooting of the AgCam (Agricultural Camera) by Mike Barratt last weekend (laptop swap), the ground team ran a checkout on the system but still without success. The laptop swap positively confirms that the problem lies within the AgCam PDC (Power /Data Controller). The current plan is to deactivate and stow the AgCam in the near future, return the PDC to the ground and work out a recovery plan. [AgCam is a multi-spectral camera for use on the ISS as a payload of the WORF (Window Observational Research Facility). Primary AgCam system components include an Imaging System Assembly, a Base Mount Pointing Assembly, a Power/Data Controller, associated cabling and support items, and a NASA-supplied A31p laptop and power supply. When functional, it will take frequent images, in visible and infrared light, of vegetated areas on the Earth, principally of growing crops, rangeland, grasslands, forests, and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. Images will be delivered within 2 days directly to requesting farmers, ranchers, foresters, natural resource managers and tribal officials to help improve their environmental stewardship of the land for which they are responsible. Images will also be shared with educators for classroom use. The Agricultural Camera was built and is operated primarily by students and faculty at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #45 on: 10/10/2009 12:50 PM »
... confirms that the problem lies within the AgCam PDC (Power /Data Controller). The current plan is to deactivate and stow the AgCam in the near future, return the PDC to the ground and work out a recovery plan.

[Warning: irony]Who needs downmass? It is cheaper to just burn it with the next Progress, or use HTV-1. Built a new PDC. Oh wait, something is missing ... Yeh, they want to analize the damn thing first. But downmass is not needed. To hell with it.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #46 on: 10/11/2009 09:34 AM »
ESA astronaut Frank De Winne became the first European commander of the International Space Station this morning with the departure of Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka who had filled this role since April. De Winne is the first non-American and non-Russian to take on this role.

Read more:
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMC0TXRA0G_index_0.html

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #47 on: 10/12/2009 08:31 PM »
UCCAS Checkout: At ~9:00am–2:00pm, the ground perform an actuation checkout of the UCCAS-2 CLA (Unpressurized Cargo Carrier Attachment System #2 Capture Latch Assembly) and UMA (Umbilical Mechanism Assembly), operating CLA & UMA on both IMCAs (Integrated Motor Controller Actuators). Due to loads constraints, Russian thrusters were disabled at 11:00am–11:30am.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #48 on: 10/15/2009 02:07 AM »
After ground engineers yesterday completed the review of the ARED ACO (Activation & Checkout) videos of the crew exercise, they concluded that the ARED, with the new dashpot, is in a nominal configuration. The crew has been given the Go for nominal ARED exercise. [The pneumatic cylinder of the ARED continues to exhibit a small leak, and an onboard repair cannot be conducted at this time. The crew will continue exercising with the current configuration, with frequent cylinder evacuations.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #49 on: 10/15/2009 05:50 PM »
Expedition 21 - U2 TOURS MISSION CONTROL AND CHATS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5432

 Expedition 21 ESA In-Flight Event
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5435
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #50 on: 10/16/2009 07:56 PM »
PAS Checkout: At 9:20am–12:20pm, the ground performed an actuation checkout of the PAS (Payload Attach System) #1, CLA (Capture Latch Assembly) and UMA (Umbilical Mechanism Assembly), operating CLA & UMA on both IMCAs (Integrated Motor Controller Actuators). Due to loads constraints, Russian thrusters were disabled at 10:50am–11:25am, i.e., were not available for CMG (Control Moment Gyroscope) desaturation.

USOS Software Transitions: X2GNCR8 (Transition 2 Guidance, Navigation & Control software Release 8 ) software transitions in the US Segment have been going well. After having started out with the GNC MDMs (Guidance, Navigation & Control Multiplexer/Demultiplexers, computers), on 10/14 the Primary & Backup INT (Internal) MDMs (Multiplexer/Demultiplexers, computers) were loaded with the new INTSYS R5 software, and the LA3 (Lab 3) MDM was loaded with the new LSYS 3 R4 software. All MDMs were reinitialized successfully. A subsequent series of reconfiguration steps then restored systems to a nominal configuration with the new software. Yesterday, the Payload MDMs were transitioned to the new PEP (Payload Executive Processor) R8 software and the STR (Starboard Thermal Radiator) MDM was loaded with SPTR (Starboard & Port Thermal Radiator) R2 software. Today, the activity concluded with the transitioning of the PTR (Port Thermal Radiator) MDM to R2. A challenging accomplishment!
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #51 on: 10/17/2009 06:29 PM »
Expedition 21 - U2 TOURS MISSION CONTROL AND CHATS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5432

It sure seems like Romanenko is a big U2 fan.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #52 on: 10/18/2009 04:23 AM »
MEDS Update: FEV (­Food Envelope) replacements for the MDS (Mice Drawer System) was completed yesterday after initial difficulties, perhaps related to the MELFI spill. Payload specialists are working with MCC-H engineers to get ambient humidity and temperature data for the MDS interior to determine if these may be factors contributing to problems with MDS subjects (three mice remain alive). Measurements have indicated 73-80% humidity.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #53 on: 10/18/2009 07:42 AM »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #54 on: 10/19/2009 04:21 PM »
Russian version of diary of Maksim Surayev is publishing on http://www.roscosmos.ru/DocDoSele.asp?DocGroupID=7&DocID=528

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #55 on: 10/21/2009 12:59 AM »
Astronaut Nicole Stott's Blog
Has finally been updated with several entries from the ISS

http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/1831

oops, edit to put in correct url
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #56 on: 10/21/2009 01:34 AM »
Urine Leak: On 10/18 (Sunday), the crew informed TsUP-Moscow of a urine leak of approximately 0.5 L from a defect EDV-U in the SM ASU toilet facility. After closing the leak with tape, the crew prepared the EDV-U for disposal and installed another EDV-U in the ASU, which remains functional. [According to toxicological standards, urine is rated at Tox level 2, with some health risks for the crew and potential hardware damage.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #58 on: 10/23/2009 05:33 PM »
 Expedition 21 - Educational Event for the Canadian Space Agency
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5454

Expedition 21 - Event for the European Space Agencys Space Exploration Conference
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5455

 Expedition 21 - TOUR OF SPACE STATION
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5456


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #59 on: 10/24/2009 02:50 AM »
AVATAR Issue: Bob Thirsk was asked to repeat a run with the “Avatar EXPLORE” experiment which did not downlink a usable command data file. [Avatar EXPLORE is an interesting CSA (Canadian Space Agency)-developed communications & robot autonomy software that allows Bob Thirsk aboard the ISS to remotely interact with & control a robot rover on a Mars landscape – a simulated environment called the Mars Emulation Terrain, at CSA-Hqs in St. Hubert, Quebec. Since file exchanges between ISS and the ground are conducted only a few times per day to simulate a low-bandwidth channel, typical for planetary operations, all interactions must be conducted offline. For evaluating telemetry files received from the rover and building a control command file, Thirsk uses an SSC laptop with an HTML-format GUI (Graphic User Interface) which allows him to interact with the Avatar software in more ways than just typing. A GUI offers graphical icons and visual indicators, as opposed to text-based interfaces, typed command labels or text navigation to fully represent the information and actions available to a user. Avatar’s Mars simulation and what is learned by it will one day become a reality.]

MELFI-2 Update: The R&R of the MELFI-2 (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS 2) EU (Electronic Unit) on 10/21 was successful, and its reconnection to the ITCS LTL (Internal Thermal Control. System / Low Temperature Loop) was completed without issue.

Ku-band Drop-out: Wednesday (10/21) night the onboard Ku-band stopped transmitting unexpectedly during an LOS (Loss-of-Signal) period. After troubleshooting and power-cycling (Off/On) the TRC (Transmitter Receiver Controller), the system came back up in nominal state. ISS was without Ku for about 5 ½ hours, and the ground used S-band to analyze what was happening with TRC that failed. Analysis is underway.

HTV Disposal Stowage Update: JAXA has set a maximum loading cap of 728 kg for HTV1 (H-II Transfer Vehicle 1) stowage, including 69 kg requested by Moscow. Until 10/29 (HTV1 hatch closing), JAXA will consider requests to swap items for HTV disposal as long as max load stays within the 728 kg cap.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #60 on: 10/26/2009 10:34 PM »
Nothing like urine floating off in zero g!

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UPA Leak: On 10/24 (Saturday), following the daily urine transfer from EDV-U to the US UPA, tank quantity began decreasing at an increased rate after one hour of operation. In addition, there was no transfer of fluid back to WSTA (Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly) during drydown. It appears that about 8-10 lbs of pre-treat urine are unaccounted for. UPA and WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) are currently “No Go” for use pending evaluation by ground engineers underway at this time. The crew has inspected exposed connections and areas internal & external to the UPA rack, with no visible fluids noted.

MDS Muffler: Later this week, the crew is scheduled to temporarily (for 24 hrs) remove the sound muffler from the front of the Mice Drawer System in ER4 (EXPRESS Rack 4) in the JPM to allow the ground to take humidity measurements of the mouse cages and determine the effect of the muffler’s presence on the higher-than-expected humidity levels (~70-80%) inside the MDS.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #61 on: 10/26/2009 11:11 PM »
Nothing like urine floating off in zero g!

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UPA Leak: On 10/24 (Saturday), following the daily urine transfer from EDV-U to the US UPA, tank quantity began decreasing at an increased rate after one hour of operation. In addition, there was no transfer of fluid back to WSTA (Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly) during drydown. It appears that about 8-10 lbs of pre-treat urine are unaccounted for. UPA and WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) are currently “No Go” for use pending evaluation by ground engineers underway at this time. The crew has inspected exposed connections and areas internal & external to the UPA rack, with no visible fluids noted.

MDS Muffler: Later this week, the crew is scheduled to temporarily (for 24 hrs) remove the sound muffler from the front of the Mice Drawer System in ER4 (EXPRESS Rack 4) in the JPM to allow the ground to take humidity measurements of the mouse cages and determine the effect of the muffler’s presence on the higher-than-expected humidity levels (~70-80%) inside the MDS.

Not floating free but within one fo the filter assemblies.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #62 on: 10/27/2009 11:55 AM »
Dr. Robert Thirsk to speak to Media from the International Space Station

Live Q & A via downlink to the Ontario Science Centre

Toronto, Oct. 27th 2009 - Representatives from the media are invited to attend a live conversation and question-and-answer session with Dr. Robert Thirsk, currently aboard the International Space Station. Dr.Thirsk is completing a six-month mission aboard the ISS, the longest for a Canadian astronaut.

ONLY JOURNALISTS ON-SITE at the OSC will be able to ask questions.

Journalists who cannot be on-site will be able to watch the event live on NASA TV or on the CSA website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca.

 

Note: Time of the event may change without advance notice. Please call the CSA Media Relations Office to confirm the most up-to-date details.

 

What:               Live 20-minute downlink from the International Space Station

                        Question period for media onsite at OSC

 

Who:                Dr. Robert Thirsk, Canadian Space Agency Astronaut

                        Dr. Richard Hughson, University of Waterloo

Dr. Hooley McLaughlin, Director of Visitor Experience, Ontario Science Centre

                       

When: Thursday, October 29, 2009

12:35 pm

 

Where:             Ontario Science Centre

                        770 Don Mills Road, Toronto

(TV crews may use the valley parking: Enter off Gateway Drive, one light south of the main entrance, proceed down the hill to the security entrance)

 

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #63 on: 10/27/2009 06:45 PM »
UPA “Leak” Update: The leading theory for the UPA issue is blockage between the DA (Distillation Assembly) and the FCPA (Fluid Control Pump Assembly). It is believed that the “lost” liquid is in the DA. Before any troubleshooting, the crew will R&R the RFTA (Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) on 10/29 as planned. After that, it will be attempted to “dry down” (unflood) the DA, then determine the location of the blockage using a yet-to-be-developed procedure. Replacing the RFTA should prevent precipitates from remaining in the UPA lines if the DA can be successfully flushed out. (ISS On-Orbit Status 10/27/09)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #64 on: 10/27/2009 06:50 PM »
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For measuring structural dynamics during the upcoming checkout of the new FWED (Flywheel Exercise Device), Thirsk relocated the IWIS RSU (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System Remote Sensor Unit) to the COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), and CDR De Winne removed the SAMS SE (Space Acceleration Measurement System / Sensor Enclosure) from the TCQ (Temporary Crew Quarters) for mounting it temporarily on the forward foot of the FWED. [The ESA FWED, developed by OHB System/Bremen, is a non-gravity dependent resistance exercise device that acts to countermeasure muscle degradation, bone loss, and impairment of muscle function in astronauts, which develop in response to long-duration space flight. It is a strength training system that uses a rotating flywheel that replaces weight plates and other means of resistance training devices that rely on gravity. This device uses the "Yo Yo Principle" which provides resistance by spinning flywheels with a cord being wound and unwound around the axle of a fixed wheel. The compact lightweight resistive FWED is a multi-exercise device which allows for back, trunk and upper and lower limb exercises. While performing the exercises, continuous measurements of cord tension and flywheel speed are recorded using a laptop (MPPL)-based program. Calculations of work, force and power are performed. Other measurements such as joint angle and EMG (electromyography, a test that assesses the health of the muscles and the nerves controlling the muscles) can also be simultaneously recorded. FWED will be operated in the center aisle of the COL and stowed in a rack when not in use. Its expected lifetime is 10 years.]

When was this launched? I don't remember reading about it until just now and it seems like this would at least be in a press kit.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #65 on: 10/27/2009 07:26 PM »
UPA “Leak” Update: The leading theory for the UPA issue is blockage between the DA (Distillation Assembly) and the FCPA (Fluid Control Pump Assembly). It is believed that the “lost” liquid is in the DA. Before any troubleshooting, the crew will R&R the RFTA (Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) on 10/29 as planned. After that, it will be attempted to “dry down” (unflood) the DA, then determine the location of the blockage using a yet-to-be-developed procedure. Replacing the RFTA should prevent precipitates from remaining in the UPA lines if the DA can be successfully flushed out. (ISS On-Orbit Status 10/27/09)

Thanks for the update.

Can they do a blow-down with dry nitrogen from a regulated supply (I don't know if this is available in the lab as a supplementary gas for troubleshooting these types of things).
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #66 on: 10/27/2009 08:48 PM »

Thanks for the update.

Can they do a blow-down with dry nitrogen from a regulated supply (I don't know if this is available in the lab as a supplementary gas for troubleshooting these types of things).

No, that is not an option.  There is no hookups for the Nitrogen, and plus we don't want to force Urine to be blown around the cabin (it's dangerous enough when we're thinking it's leaking into the rack)...

We'll attempt to do the drydown and "un flood" the DA.  If that does not work, then it will be back to the drawing board, as there are not many options to fix this issue.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #67 on: 10/27/2009 11:21 PM »
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For measuring structural dynamics during the upcoming checkout of the new FWED (Flywheel Exercise Device), Thirsk relocated the IWIS RSU (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System Remote Sensor Unit) to the COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), and CDR De Winne removed the SAMS SE (Space Acceleration Measurement System / Sensor Enclosure) from the TCQ (Temporary Crew Quarters) for mounting it temporarily on the forward foot of the FWED. [The ESA FWED, developed by OHB System/Bremen, is a non-gravity dependent resistance exercise device that acts to countermeasure muscle degradation, bone loss, and impairment of muscle function in astronauts, which develop in response to long-duration space flight. It is a strength training system that uses a rotating flywheel that replaces weight plates and other means of resistance training devices that rely on gravity. This device uses the "Yo Yo Principle" which provides resistance by spinning flywheels with a cord being wound and unwound around the axle of a fixed wheel. The compact lightweight resistive FWED is a multi-exercise device which allows for back, trunk and upper and lower limb exercises. While performing the exercises, continuous measurements of cord tension and flywheel speed are recorded using a laptop (MPPL)-based program. Calculations of work, force and power are performed. Other measurements such as joint angle and EMG (electromyography, a test that assesses the health of the muscles and the nerves controlling the muscles) can also be simultaneously recorded. FWED will be operated in the center aisle of the COL and stowed in a rack when not in use. Its expected lifetime is 10 years.]

When was this launched? I don't remember reading about it until just now and it seems like this would at least be in a press kit.

FWED was launched with Columbus European Transport Carrier (ETC) at STS-122.
Columbus Mission Information Kit
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Columbus/SEMURE63R8F_0.html
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #68 on: 10/27/2009 11:32 PM »

Thanks for the update.

Can they do a blow-down with dry nitrogen from a regulated supply (I don't know if this is available in the lab as a supplementary gas for troubleshooting these types of things).

No, that is not an option.  There is no hookups for the Nitrogen, and plus we don't want to force Urine to be blown around the cabin (it's dangerous enough when we're thinking it's leaking into the rack)...

We'll attempt to do the drydown and "un flood" the DA.  If that does not work, then it will be back to the drawing board, as there are not many options to fix this issue.
I mentioned N2 because we use that in hydraulics during flushing operations. As long as the system is 'tight' (no leaks) then blow-down can be down to clear lines. Obviously not in this case. Thanks.

So is there a solenoid valve in line between the DA and the FCPA? I'm trying to find a plumbing layout of the UPA, I thought one was posted on NSF at some point this summer.

First thing that comes to mind is head pressure, excess in this case, but without a drawing I can't wrap my head around the issue.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #69 on: 10/28/2009 07:07 AM »
UPA “Leak” Update: The leading theory for the UPA issue is blockage between the DA (Distillation Assembly) and the FCPA (Fluid Control Pump Assembly). It is believed that the “lost” liquid is in the DA. Before any troubleshooting, the crew will R&R the RFTA (Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) on 10/29 as planned. After that, it will be attempted to “dry down” (unflood) the DA, then determine the location of the blockage using a yet-to-be-developed procedure. Replacing the RFTA should prevent precipitates from remaining in the UPA lines if the DA can be successfully flushed out. (ISS On-Orbit Status 10/27/09)

Thanks for the update.

Can they do a blow-down with dry nitrogen from a regulated supply (I don't know if this is available in the lab as a supplementary gas for troubleshooting these types of things).

I think it's interesting that the UPA engineering/design apparently didn't envision or plan for possible blockages between assemblies, and therefore didn't design in the ability to flush or purge for clearing them.

And I do realize this is a first generation and still a developmental system. Hindsight is 20/20, and all that...
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #70 on: 10/28/2009 08:02 PM »
Conjunction Alert: NASA FCT (Flight Control Team) is working two conjunctions of the ISS with Object 33755 (Russian COSMOS 2421 debris), with “high” concern level. The first TCA (Time of Closest Approach) occurs on 10/30 at 12:10 EDT, 5 minutes after HTV is scheduled to be released from SSRMS. The second TCA occurs at 1:42pm, 12 minutes after the backup HTV release time. The optimum timing and firing parameters of a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver), should it be required, are currently under investigation. Any DAM should not be in conflict with HTV release activities. Also affected are the launches of MRM2, STS-129/ULF3 & Soyuz 21S plus the departure of 19S.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #71 on: 10/28/2009 08:50 PM »
Robert Thirsk Speaks with CSA Colleagues and STS-127 NASA Astronauts

Longueuil, Quebec, October 28, 2009 – Media representatives are invited to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for a special Space-to-Earth chat. Steve MacLean, CSA President, will greet Julie Payette and her Mission STS-127 NASA astronaut crewmates visiting Canada and stopping at the Agency for a chat with colleague Robert Thirsk from the International Space Station (ISS). Following some friendly exchange amongst astronauts, a few CSA employees will be offered the unique opportunity to ask questions to co-worker Thirsk, sending their voice 350 km into space.

Following the connection with the ISS, the STS-127 crew will share their mission highlights via a multimedia presentation to CSA employees. A special item which flew with Julie Payette last July during this 16-day mission will also be presented to Steve MacLean, accepting on behalf of all CSA employees.

Time of event may change without advance notice. Please call the CSA Media Relations Office to confirm the most up-to-date details.

Journalists who cannot be on-site will be able to watch the event live on CSA Website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca.

WHEN:                   Monday, November 2, 2009

TIME:                   12:00 p.m.

WHAT:   - Discussion between Robert Thirsk, Steve MacLean, Julie Payette and Mark Polansky (STS-127 Commander)
                        - Questions to astronaut Thirsk by CSA employees
                        End of downlink
                        - STS-127 crew mission highlights DVD (with comments from the crew)

- Special flown item presentation

WHO:                    Steve MacLean, CSA President

Robert Thirsk, CSA Astronaut (from ISS)
Julie Payette, CSA Astronaut
STS-127 crew:

Mark Polansky, Commander
Doug Hurley, Pilot
Dave Wolf, NASA Astronaut
Christopher Cassidy, NASA Astronaut
Tom Marshburn, NASA Astronaut
Tim Kopra, NASA Astronaut
                       

WHERE:             Canadian Space Agency
                           6767 Route de l'Aéroport
                           Longueuil, Quebec


For details on the Expedition mission with Robert Thirsk, visit the Canadian Space Agency website at www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/missions/expedition20-21/


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #72 on: 10/29/2009 06:33 PM »
Conjunction Update: Further data points of the flight path of Object 33755 (Russian COSMOS 2421 debris) have moved the two successive conjunctions of the ISS out of harm’s way, and a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) will not be necessary. However, to clear the HTV’s post-release trajectory, tomorrow’s HTV release will be delayed by one orbit, i.e., at 1:00pm instead of 12:05pm EDT.

OGA Problem: The US OGA (Oxygen Generator Assembly) is exhibiting the same problem as two months ago with a rise in delta pressure across the water pump ORU (Orbit Replaceable Unit). Changing out the ORU at end of August resolved problems for some time, but the OGA is now experiencing similar problem with similar rise rate, only it is occurring earlier in the life cycle. The plan is to again replace the water ORU and install clean filters next Monday (11/2). [The OGA was operated at 100% until two days ago then shut down. The same problem had also occurred back in June this year.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #73 on: 11/01/2009 03:04 AM »
UPA Update:  Yesterday’s attempt to perform a drydown (emptying-out) of the DA (Distillation Assembly) was unsuccessful, and the UPA (Urine Processor Assembly) remains nonfunctional. Until UPA is regained, the crew will use the WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) with urine routed to an empty Russian EDV-U container which was just installed. The operation via this setup will be available through at least Monday (11/2), at which time the WHC will be recovered or the EDV-U will be replaced with an empty unit. [Background: After reviewing the data the UPA team believes the DA is not able to pump fluid from the recycle line between the DA and the FCPA (Fluids Control Pump Assembly). In order to attempt UPA recovery a drydown (emptying-out) of the DA is needed.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #74 on: 11/01/2009 08:26 PM »
What is the onboard vegetable being grown in this photo? (Apparently it didn't taste too good)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #75 on: 11/01/2009 08:41 PM »
What is the onboard vegetable being grown in this photo? (Apparently it didn't taste too good)

It looks like Dandelion leaves, but can't be sure.
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What is the onboard vegetable being grown in this photo? (Apparently it didn't taste too good)

It's part of the Rastenia experiment (it's been going on for as long as I can remember) Here's another photo from NASA's HSF gallery. According to the lastest ISS status reports, they're experimenting now with a kind of Japanese mustard, edible as salad, called Mizuna. Googling the name shows similar-looking plants, so that must be it.

No idea about how its tastiness, however ;)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #77 on: 11/01/2009 10:39 PM »
They should try growing tomatoes (if they haven't already)!

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #78 on: 11/02/2009 01:50 PM »
I believe that I just heard one of the Russian crew members talk about updating anti-virus software on one of their on board computers. Can someone confirm this and explain why they would need anti-virus software on the ISS?

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #79 on: 11/02/2009 02:07 PM »
Take a listen at http://box.net/issaudio as I just updated the 9-10am EST file. The Russian side was talking about updating their anti-virus software about 6 minutes in.

My guess would be that AV is needed because they're on a network with the ground, and they install new software from time to time.

[Speaking of the audio files, we're near the completion of a server to host at least a few days worth of hourly files, updated around 2 minutes after each hour]
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #80 on: 11/02/2009 03:46 PM »
They should try growing tomatoes (if they haven't already)!

Looks like they will be.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/experiments/Rastenia.html
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #81 on: 11/02/2009 05:50 PM »
 Expedition 21- Canadian Space Agency In-Flight Event - November 2
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5475

 Expedition 21- Canadian Space Agency In-Flight Event - October 29
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5472

 Expedition 21- Canadian Space Agency In-Flight Event - October 28
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5471


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #82 on: 11/02/2009 08:57 PM »
Continuing OGS (Oxygen Generator System) troubleshooting, FE-5 Williams & Nicole Stott temporarily deactivated and removed the ALTEA (Anomalous Long Term Effects on Astronauts) dosimeter unit to allow OGS rack access, then removed the failed water ORU (Orbit Replaceable Unit) and replaced it with a refurbished unit. [Additional activities included purging with the HOPA (Hydrogen Sensor ORU Purge Adapter), reconnecting the OGS H2 sensor, activating OGS, rotating the rack down for a first visual leak check, then temporarily closing out the track for a 3-hr dwell, rotating it down for a second leak check and finally replacing the rack rear panel, rotating the rack up and reinstalling the ALTEA.]

IWS Thruster Test: This morning at 1:23am EST, a ground-controlled SM thruster firing test (4 tests with 2 pulses each) was conducted for IWIS (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System) structural dynamics data taking, with ISS attitude moded to free drift at 1:20am-1:23am. Control authority was returned from RS Motion Control to US Momentum Management at 2:15am.

To be prepared for an emergency evacuation and return to Earth in winter time, Romanenko & Suraev relocated six standard Russian TZK-14 Thermal Protection Jackets from FGB, SM & Progress stowage to the two Soyuz spacecraft TMA-15/19S & TMA-16/20S, three jackets for each. [These warm coats, always ready for an emergency return in winter, would be required for the landing in Russia or Kazakhstan this time of year.]

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #83 on: 11/03/2009 11:36 PM »
SSRMS Operations: Starting at ~10:00am EST, the Space Station Remote Manipulator was maneuvered remotely from the ground inchworm-like through a double walk-off, first from the Node-2 PDGF (Power & Data Grapple Fixture) to the MBS (Mobile Base System) PDGF-2, then, at ~12:50pm-7:00pm, to MBS PDGF-1. Some diagnostic tests were also performed, in order to satisfy ULF3 pre-launch checkout requirements.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #84 on: 11/04/2009 05:30 AM »
Maksim Suraev's blog, English translation at Russia Today

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #85 on: 11/04/2009 09:23 AM »
Re: virus; We had a thread about a problem a year ago:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=14151.0

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Node 1's port CBM hatch leading into PMA-3 has been opened!

From ISS Daily Report 3 Nov 2009:

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FE-4 Thirsk began the day by terminating the overnight leak check of the PMA-3 (Pressurized Mating Adapter 3), in preparation for PMA ingress. [The VAJ/ISA (Vacuum Access Jumper/Internal Sampling Adapter) hose assembly was left in place in preparation for PMA-3 depress.]

Afterwards, in preparation for Node-3 “Tranquility” arrival on STS-130 in February, Thirsk & FE-5 Williams –

    * Opened the Node-1 port hatch to PMA-3 and removed the hatch center disk cover, two CPAs (Controller Panel Assemblies) and the PMA target assembly,
    * Removed several closeout panels to gain access to the bulkhead feedthroughs, then
    * Spent several hours replacing five electrical feedthrough cables with five fluid feedthrough umbilicals.


Also in Node-1, Nicole Stott subsequently spent ~1h15m removing the existing NPRV (Negative Pressure Relieve Valve) at the Port and installing an IMV (Intermodule Ventilation) valve in its place, preparatory to Node-3 midbay modifications. [The valve was installed already now while access to the extravehicular side of the bulkhead is available to ensure that the NPRV could be successfully removed from the bulkhead. Power, data and RMO (Remote Manual Override) connections to the valve will be made later, during/after ULF3.]

Afterwards, Jeff Williams closed the Node-1 port hatch to help minimize the humidity levels in the PMA. [Will be opened again tomorrow to continue work. To prevent condensation in PMA-3, PMA activities can only be performed during certain Beta angles since the module’s heaters were not connected on Flight 17A. The acceptable Beta window opened on 10/29 and closes on 11/9.]
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #87 on: 11/05/2009 11:01 AM »
SSRMS Operations: From ~3:15pm-5:15pm EST, ground operators will translate the MT (Mobile Transporter) railcart on the truss from WS5 (Workstation 5) to WS3, to satisfy another ULF3 pre-launch checkout requirements as well as put the Robotics systems into a good configuration to allow JAXA to perform their upcoming ICS (Inter-Satellite Communication System) checkout.

ISS Power Outage Event: Yesterday morning at 12:54am EST, MBSU1 (Main Bus Switching Unit 1) experienced an unexpected power loss due to a POR (Power On Reset), the first on-orbit POR on any MBSU hardware. MBSU1 was recovered almost immediately, but it took time to assess deactivated systems and start them up again. Systems were down for about 3 hrs. Engineering teams are reviewing the anomaly but currently believe the POR was a random event and that MBSU1 is healthy and not susceptible to further PORs. MBSU1 controls half of station systems, and there were some impacts to yesterday operations, mostly science activities. ISS is completely recovered.

UPA Anomaly: Should the Urine Processor Assembly remain down for longer than expected, the unprocessed urine will accumulate, requiring special provisions for collecting, containing & stowing, including during ULF3-docked period. Replanning is underway at MCC-Houston and TsUP-Moscow for using Russian EDV containers (58 total, 9 US, 49 RS), Rodnik tanks and CWCs. Current efforts include discussions with Moscow to extend the normal EDV lifetime of 90 days to 120 days.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #88 on: 11/05/2009 01:19 PM »
MBSU1 controls half of station systems, and there were some impacts to yesterday operations, mostly science activities. ISS is completely recovered.


Thanks rdale for the post.

I wonder if any science/experiments were lost as a result? I'm sure most could be re-done, but I'm wondering about the ones that can't.

This is sounding alot liek the latest sci-fi episodes: contigencies for power outage on long-duration missions. Redundant battery back-ups on a separate grid would seem obvious in those cases.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #90 on: 11/05/2009 07:25 PM »
UPA Status Update: This morning, the DA (Distillation Assembly) was successfully drained completely into the WSTA (Waste Storage Tank Assembly), and drydown is proceeding as planned. This is a very good sign since it shows that the blockage is clear, did not re-clog and the pump is operational. For follow-up troubleshooting & planning work in case of UPA unavailability, five specialist teams have been formed at MCC-H.

MBSU1 POR Status Update: The POR (Power-On Reset) of the Main Bus Switching Unit 1 on 11/3, which caused a brief power outage, continues to be investigated for its root cause. All station system are fully re-configured back to normal, and nothing in the data shows that there are any residual effects of POR. It looks like a random event, and the incidence showed that critical Bus Loss Procedures worked as expected.

CO2 Update: The Russian Vozdukh continues to be off as planned for U.S. CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) testing. ppCO2 (CO2 partial pressure) this morning was low, at 3.14 mmHg.

ICS Testing: Yesterday, JAXA started the planned checkout of the Inter-Satellite Communication System. A test command was sent successfully, established forward and return links plus file transfer with ICS. “Everything is operating nominally for ICS.”

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Rumors of a RED Late Conjunction. Checking.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #92 on: 11/06/2009 03:04 PM »
Rumors of a RED Late Conjunction. Checking.
Being noted by PAO in today's commentary...not a lot of confidence in data...closest approach in 11 hours, 45 minutes...called up on A/G an hour ago...

(A/G replayed; estimate in the call was for the conjunction at about 03:48 GMT tomorrow.)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #93 on: 11/06/2009 03:07 PM »
The callup is right at the beginning of http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091106-100000-003.wav

One more datapoint coming on this conjunction, which occurs tonight at 0348Z. They'll have more info in the evening DPC at 1905Z (2:05pm EST)
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Good work guys! So it's not like the previous incident - yet? They need to work it some more to see if it's going to be a RED and thus the need to safe haven the crew?

Certainly too late for a reboost if required?

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #95 on: 11/06/2009 03:10 PM »
From what I'm hearing, correct. Since it's in the middle of their sleep cycle, I imagine they'll want to be pretty certain before putting them in the Soyuz. There was no mention of the specific time for the next pass, but the DPC is just 3 hours away so they'll probably keep quiet until that point.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #96 on: 11/06/2009 03:12 PM »
Noted in commentary during today's ISS hour that there's a possible conjunction at approx. 03:48 GMT tomorrow (about 11 1/2 hours from now).

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #97 on: 11/06/2009 03:15 PM »
...and audio of the callup is at the beginning of http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091106-100000-003.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #98 on: 11/06/2009 03:17 PM »

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Very good, thanks Rob.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #100 on: 11/06/2009 04:25 PM »
Ah, thanks indeed. I've been listening to the day's audio in hopes of learning more - thanks for the pointer. I really do need to get on organizing these archives ...

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #101 on: 11/06/2009 06:07 PM »
DPC now starting. Working on words for the conjunction - they will be heading to Soyuz around 315Z (1015pm EST).

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #102 on: 11/06/2009 06:08 PM »
They need to be in the Soyuz by 0340Z, more data will be available at 2200Z (5pm EST) and they'll have more words at that point. They can either wake up on their own at 315Z, or the ground will wake them up.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #103 on: 11/06/2009 06:10 PM »
Snipped the hour early and uploaded - hear it at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091106-140000-004.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #104 on: 11/06/2009 06:19 PM »
Translator from Moscow call up on conjunction: "nothing to be concerned about."  "Right now in the red box."  "Probability not zero."  "Will talk at bedtime."
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #105 on: 11/06/2009 06:21 PM »
Houston: Flight director conference at 2030Z (3:30 pm Eastern).  Planning on doing some reconfigs -- closing hatches, dual loop mode for cooling.  Some procedures will be sent up.

Based on current calculations, miss distance would be about 1000 meters.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #106 on: 11/06/2009 06:35 PM »
Jeff Williams asked Houston a few minutes ago if there were any procedures that could be sent up before the Flight Director conference.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #107 on: 11/06/2009 06:47 PM »
Jeff Williams asked Houston a few minutes ago if there were any procedures that could be sent up before the Flight Director conference.
Reading that up now.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #108 on: 11/06/2009 07:17 PM »
The loop has gotten really quiet. I think they're in a private flight director conference...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #109 on: 11/06/2009 07:40 PM »
The crew moved from one private conference straight into a second one.
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #110 on: 11/06/2009 07:51 PM »
This came up out of nowhere so lets hope everything goes okay tonight.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #111 on: 11/06/2009 08:00 PM »
Moscow is discussing their plan with the Russian crew...
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #112 on: 11/06/2009 08:05 PM »
discussing the procedure for closing hatches on the Soyuz IF there is an impact :-[
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #113 on: 11/06/2009 08:09 PM »
discussing the procedure for closing hatches on the Soyuz IF there is an impact :-[
Yes, along with comm config prior to Soyuz ingress.  They're just reviewing the steps that need to be done quickly in the unlikely case of a depress.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #114 on: 11/06/2009 08:10 PM »
comms after hatch closure will be via station S-band to avoid multi-pathing from Russian systems operating on two vehicles
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #115 on: 11/06/2009 08:10 PM »
If they take refuge in a Soyuz, are they suited up and everything? Can they suit up in the Soyuz itself, if necessary?

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #116 on: 11/06/2009 08:16 PM »
If they take refuge in a Soyuz, are they suited up and everything? Can they suit up in the Soyuz itself, if necessary?
Sounds like the latter.  Didn't hear anything new in the outline of what happens in the discussion with Moscow, which just ended.  I believe I heard that the crew will get up at 0315Z and call down to the ground.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #117 on: 11/06/2009 08:19 PM »
Crew has been cleared to install jumpers per previous called up procedures
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #118 on: 11/06/2009 08:29 PM »
Jeff got a sizable leak when trying to attach one of the jumpers so he backed out of that connection. Moving on to another rack while Houston mulls the leak...  Crew wakeup will be at 0300
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #119 on: 11/06/2009 08:37 PM »
the leaking QD has a history of problems and the crew was referred to existing documentation on how to deal with it
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #120 on: 11/06/2009 08:38 PM »
Crew wakeup will be at 0300
I believe Houston said they wanted more room in the time line.  I think Jeff Williams also said that the crew would get up on their own in addition to the wake up call from the ground.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #121 on: 11/06/2009 08:39 PM »
the leaking QD has a history of problems and the crew was referred to existing documentation on how to deal with it
Sounded like there was something in the in-flight maintenance procedure that they didn't want to call up over the space-to-ground. :)
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #122 on: 11/06/2009 08:39 PM »
I've lost track -- does anyone have easy access to a list of the current locations of the sleep stations and who is in which?

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #123 on: 11/06/2009 08:40 PM »
Conjunction Alert: NASA FCT (Flight Control Team) is working three consecutive conjunctions of the ISS with Object 80908. The first TCA (Time of Closest Approach) occurs early tomorrow morning at 1:51am EST, the second at 3:23am, the third at 4:54am. The second TCA poses the most threat, with a spacing of ~3 km based on uncertain tracking. The next best possible tracking pass will be at 3:45pm this afternoon. Since the crew’s sleeptime starts at ~4:30pm, the possibility of “camping out” in the two Soyuz spacecraft will be discussed with the crew later today during the regular DPC (Daily Planning Conference, ~2:05pm).

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #124 on: 11/06/2009 08:43 PM »
I've tried hunting that object down but coming up empty.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #125 on: 11/06/2009 08:51 PM »
I've lost track -- does anyone have easy access to a list of the current locations of the sleep stations and who is in which?

I don't have a link, but I remember reading somewhere that Williams and Stott are in Harmony, De Winne is in Destiny, Suraev and Romanenko are in Zvezda. As for Thirsk, I'm not sure, either Kibo or Harmony.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #126 on: 11/06/2009 08:55 PM »
I've tried hunting that object down but coming up empty.

Objects numbered 8xxxx are DoD.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #127 on: 11/06/2009 08:56 PM »
Florida Today notes that NASA TV will provide commentary during the closest approach this evening (U.S. time) beginning at 10:30 pm Eastern:
http://www.floridatoday.com/content/blogs/space/2009/11/space-debris-threatens-space-station.shtml

Noticing that call out in the TV schedule now, too.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/MM_NTV_Breaking.html
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #128 on: 11/06/2009 08:59 PM »
Conjunctions on three consecutive orbits would seem to indicate 80908 is in a similar orbit to the station.  80908 wouldn't happen to be that mystery object from 128 flight that caused a similar series of conjunctions with the un-docked shuttle necessitating an early partial de-orbit burn would it?
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #129 on: 11/06/2009 09:02 PM »
DoD identified (i.e. via SPACECOM) or DoD originated (from a DoD payload/launcher)?
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #130 on: 11/06/2009 09:04 PM »
Still waiting for the update from TOPO(?) -- should be 5 to 10 minutes.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #131 on: 11/06/2009 09:05 PM »
Still waiting for the update from TOPO(?) -- should be 5 to 10 minutes.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #132 on: 11/06/2009 09:06 PM »
DoD identified (i.e. via SPACECOM) or DoD originated (from a DoD payload/launcher)?

John Locker just posted it as a SNAPSHOT debris piece.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #133 on: 11/06/2009 09:17 PM »
News is getting better, 2 new sites tracking and say it's not a valid threat. Next pass in about an hour.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #134 on: 11/06/2009 09:17 PM »
They'll go to bed now, ground will call up at 0300Z (10pm EST) and either tell them to prepare for Soyuz, or go back to sleep.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #135 on: 11/06/2009 09:20 PM »
That's the last update until tonight as the crew is off to bed. Recording of the conversation at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091106-170000-003.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #136 on: 11/06/2009 09:33 PM »
Guess we got the audio archive going just in time :)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #137 on: 11/06/2009 10:48 PM »
Bill Harwood has an update based on additional tracking; the crew won't need to get on the Soyuz and will be told they can go back to bed:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/recent.html

"6:20 PM, 11/6/09, Update: Trajectory analysis shows space debris no threat to space station; plans for Soyuz sheltering shelved"

Edit: NASA has also tweeted this:
http://twitter.com/NASA/status/5492206292
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #138 on: 11/07/2009 01:44 AM »
Bill Harwood has an update based on additional tracking; the crew won't need to get on the Soyuz and will be told they can go back to bed:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/recent.html

"6:20 PM, 11/6/09, Update: Trajectory analysis shows space debris no threat to space station; plans for Soyuz sheltering shelved"

Edit: NASA has also tweeted this:
http://twitter.com/NASA/status/5492206292


Great news. Thanks all for the play-by-play. It was tense there for a while!
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #139 on: 11/07/2009 02:05 AM »
Houston called up the news to the crew that threat is gone and they can go back to sleep.  The crew also spoke with Moscow; all the contingency procedures are canceled.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #140 on: 11/07/2009 12:24 PM »
Houston called up the news to the crew that threat is gone and they can go back to sleep.  The crew also spoke with Moscow; all the contingency procedures are canceled.
In case anyone is interested in the space-to-ground for that, it's in this sound file:
http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091106-220000-005.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #141 on: 11/07/2009 12:44 PM »
At least I woke up to some good news.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #142 on: 11/07/2009 02:47 PM »
At least I woke up to some good news.

I think that's a high-five all around...
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #143 on: 11/07/2009 05:43 PM »
Excellent that all is OK and excellent coverage of what can now be called a non-event. 

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #144 on: 11/08/2009 12:19 PM »
After last night’s station configuration changes for a possible decrewing due to the threat of an overnight collision with Object 80908, which included USOS (US Segment) hatch closures, FE-5 Williams reconfigured the ITCS (Internal Thermal Control) rack jumpers in the US Lab to nominal. [The contingency preparations were essentially those normally used for Soyuz relocation during three-crewmember station occupancy. Jeff today jumpered the racks in the forward endcone and at the LAB1P3 location from LTL (Low Temperature Loop) back to the Lab MTL (Medium Temperature Loop), i.e., single loop configuration. During yesterday’s ITCS preparation for the decrewing, the LAB1D1 MTL return QD (quick disconnect) leaked when Jeff tried to demate it (less than 1% was lost from the accumulator.). This happened again during several subsequent attempts. The LAB1D1 rack was left unconnected to LTL, the usual uncrewed precaution. The Lab endcone and P3 racks were properly connected to LTL. Engineers are planning forward action for the QD.]

After several days of (successful) performance testing of the U.S. CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly), FE-1 Suraev re-activated the Vozdukh CO2 scrubber of the Russian SOA Atmosphere Revitalization Subsystem, checking BVK1,2 valve group operation.

Conjunction Update: Preparations for a possible collision with Object 80980 proved unnecessary (and ran into a snag with an ITCS coolant connector, see above). By ~7:00pm EST last night, NASA FCT (Flight Control Team) had received two updates, from two different sensor sources, which were consistent with each other and with previous tracking such that the PC (Probability of Collision) had dropped below the actionable threshold. FTC stood down from planning to put the crew in the Soyuz vehicles.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #145 on: 11/09/2009 02:20 PM »
I checked in with Dr Kelso (CelesTrak) and he said that designations > 80000 are for an "analyst satellite" which is used when the origin of the object is unknown or uncertain.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #146 on: 11/10/2009 07:53 AM »
COLBERT update:

The crew was given the Go for nominal use of the new T2/COLBERT treadmill. [Belt speed during runs should be kept between 3 & 10mph, and target load should not exceed 75% of the runner’s body weight. The handrail must be installed during exercise and removed when T2 is not in use.]  (ISS On-Orbit Status 11/09/09)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #147 on: 11/10/2009 09:59 AM »
ESA astronaut and ISS Expedition 21 Commander Frank De Winne answers a question sent in by Paul from Portugal.

See the video on ESA's YouTube channel:
http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/SEMEJ765P1G_0.html

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #148 on: 11/11/2009 05:25 PM »
 Expedition 21 - A NEW RUSSIAN MODULE TAKES FLIGHT TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5482

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #149 on: 11/12/2009 01:56 AM »
UPA Failure Update: The Urine Processor Assembly failed to spin up on the last two consecutive tries yesterday due to high current events on the DA (Distillation Assembly) drive motor. The DA is considered failed; however, ground teams are still assessing the data from yesterday’s startup attempt. Failure Investigation and Forward Plan will be scheduled later this week to discuss the plans for the DA.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #150 on: 11/12/2009 02:00 AM »
UPA Failure Update: The Urine Processor Assembly failed to spin up on the last two consecutive tries yesterday due to high current events on the DA (Distillation Assembly) drive motor. The DA is considered failed; however, ground teams are still assessing the data from yesterday’s startup attempt. Failure Investigation and Forward Plan will be scheduled later this week to discuss the plans for the DA.

Damn...sounds like a bearing failure, or something 'gummed up'.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #151 on: 11/12/2009 04:14 PM »
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #152 on: 11/12/2009 05:02 PM »
 Expedition 21 - A NEW RUSSIAN MODULE DOCKS TO THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5483

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #153 on: 11/12/2009 10:06 PM »
Hooks and latches ...

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #154 on: 11/14/2009 03:49 PM »
UPA Update: The U.S. Urine Processor Assembly is now officially inoperable. Teams are working the issues of water management, urine management and stowage in order to accommodate for UPA inoperability. With UPA being down, the problem can be handled through ULF3 and with help from the Russian partners an alternate way is being developed through 20A. This is going to create an additional stowage problem on the ISS, and all partners will pitch in in order to find a way to accommodate the urine stowage requirements aboard the station. As per today’s IMMT (ISS Mission Management Team) meeting the ISS is Go for STS-129/ULF3 launch on Monday.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #155 on: 11/14/2009 06:46 PM »
How to decide how many empty containers should be sent to orbit? For dry stuff it can be reasonably simple since it's just bags, and in extremis stuff doesn't need a container.
But for fluids you always need containers, and the amount is much more difficult to pin down. You got the strict separations of various kinds of fluids for which containers are not interchangeable. And the ratio between which cannot be determinded beforehand.
You got some variable amount of water from Shuttle, depending on how the mission goes.
You got varying levels of consumption for individual crew.
and you got equipment failure like in the present case that suddenly change container requirements for waste.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #156 on: 11/14/2009 06:55 PM »
I wonder if they're planning on sending spare parts for the UPA (IIRC, those can be delivered as middeck cargo, right?), and if so, in which flight. Probably it's already too late for 129?
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #157 on: 11/14/2009 07:49 PM »
I wonder if they're planning on sending spare parts for the UPA (IIRC, those can be delivered as middeck cargo, right?), and if so, in which flight. Probably it's already too late for 129?
At today's L-2 press conference it was stated that the failed UPA parts would be brought down  on STS-129 and replacement parts would go up no later than STS-130 in February.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #158 on: 11/14/2009 08:02 PM »
I wonder if they're planning on sending spare parts for the UPA (IIRC, those can be delivered as middeck cargo, right?), and if so, in which flight. Probably it's already too late for 129?
At today's L-2 press conference it was stated that the failed UPA parts would be brought down  on STS-129 and replacement parts would go up no later than STS-130 in March.

The DA will go up on STS-130 in February (there is a chance this could move up to January - being thought about), it would not be ready for this week's launch.

As far as how many containers for fluids goes up, there is only so many in the inventory.  So we try to maximize as many as we can fit pretty much.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #159 on: 11/14/2009 11:56 PM »
I wonder if they're planning on sending spare parts for the UPA (IIRC, those can be delivered as middeck cargo, right?), and if so, in which flight. Probably it's already too late for 129?
At today's L-2 press conference it was stated that the failed UPA parts would be brought down  on STS-129 and replacement parts would go up no later than STS-130 in March.

The DA will go up on STS-130 in February (there is a chance this could move up to January - being thought about), it would not be ready for this week's launch.

As far as how many containers for fluids goes up, there is only so many in the inventory.  So we try to maximize as many as we can fit pretty much.

Thanks for that, and to rdale for his initial update post.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #160 on: 11/15/2009 12:38 PM »
Now this is neat...

http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091115-070000-002.wav and start listening about 7 minutes in. Sounds like there's a tradition on slow Sunday mornings to call down and interview random people in the ISS control room. Just a "meet and greet" sort of chat.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #161 on: 11/16/2009 01:43 AM »
Now this is neat...

http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091115-070000-002.wav and start listening about 7 minutes in. Sounds like there's a tradition on slow Sunday mornings to call down and interview random people in the ISS control room. Just a "meet and greet" sort of chat.

It's new...

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #162 on: 11/16/2009 02:33 PM »
With the UPA (Urine Processing Assembly) hard failed, FE-2 offloaded the WSTA (Waste Storage Tank Assembly) to 2% to prepare for the upcoming removal of the failed (DA) Distillation Assembly. [For the draining, Nicole donned silver shield gloves, dust mask and goggles then operated the Pre-treated Urine T-Valve to offload the urine to an EDV-U container.]

Stott also prepared for the replacement of the failed HRF USND (Human Research Facility / Ultrasound) board by removing bolts from the USND front panel.

Using the WRS FTP (Water Recovery System / Fluid Transfer Pump), Jeff Williams transferred stored water to supplement the WPA (Water Processor Assembly) Waste Water Tank.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #164 on: 11/17/2009 04:21 AM »
Some great images from Suraevs blog:
http://www.russiatoday.com/About_Us/Blogs/orbital-log/moonlight-sonata.html


Just as a follow up for future reference, here's the index of the translated blog in RussiaToday:

http://www.russiatoday.com/About_Us/Blogs/orbital-log.html (you have to click in the latest entry title, and browse back and forth... it's not the most user-friendly system, but...)

And also the original source in Roskosmos' site:

http://www.roscosmos.ru/DocDoSele.asp?DocGroupID=7&DocID=528
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #165 on: 11/18/2009 02:23 PM »
Ask Frank de Winne: What is a typical working day on the ISS like?

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne answers this question and others on ESA's YouTube channel.

http://www.esa.int/SPECIALS/OasISS_Mission/SEMZGJOC02G_0.html

You can also send in your question!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ESA

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #166 on: 11/18/2009 04:59 PM »
WPA Failure: Towards the end of yesterday's WPA (Water Processor Assembly) process cycle, WPA failed (transitioned to “Warm Shutdown”) due to low water level in the MLS (Mostly Liquid Separator). Engineers met today to review the data and assess further water processing. For now, the crew was advised to continue the current potable water usage split, i.e., all six crewmembers using the RS (Russian Segment) for their ambient water and a 3/3 split for hot water.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #167 on: 11/20/2009 02:32 AM »
WPA Status Update: WPA (Water Processor Assembly) was reactivated and processed approximately 15 lb of water. System response has not been nominal, with lower than expected pressures continuing. Ground engineers are loading new overrides to allow operation at a reduced flowrate (10 lbs/hr).

Audio of tonight's C&W event starts just after 2 minutes in at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091119-200000-004.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #168 on: 11/20/2009 10:55 PM »
This isn't directly relevant to Expedition 21, but this is the best place to post it:

Has anyone else realised that today (Fri 20th Nov) is the 11th anniversary of the ISS (the first module, Zarya, launched on 20th Nov 1998)! ;D
« Last Edit: 11/20/2009 10:55 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #169 on: 11/20/2009 11:25 PM »
This isn't directly relevant to Expedition 21, but this is the best place to post it:

Has anyone else realised that today (Fri 20th Nov) is the 11th anniversary of the ISS (the first module, Zarya, launched on 20th Nov 1998)! ;D
PAO did, as they ran video of the liftoff a little while ago.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #170 on: 11/21/2009 01:16 AM »
This isn't directly relevant to Expedition 21, but this is the best place to post it:

Has anyone else realised that today (Fri 20th Nov) is the 11th anniversary of the ISS (the first module, Zarya, launched on 20th Nov 1998)! ;D

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISS!!!  :)
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #171 on: 11/21/2009 02:40 AM »
False Alarms Issue: False ISS depressurization alarms annunciated last night. It was verified that no leak occurred. The cause is under investigation. The false depressurization alarms caused the ISS ventilation system to shut down. This is believed to have allowed dust settling in COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) to trigger a false fire alarm. All systems have been returned to nominal configuration. Shuttle did not receive the ISS alarms. The cause is under investigation.

WPA Update: The Water Processing Assembly produced about 8 Liters yesterday while running at a low rate (about 10 lbs/hr). The WPA speed is being increased incrementally.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #172 on: 11/21/2009 03:24 AM »
Thanks so much for the link to the C&W wav file!


Audio of tonight's C&W event starts just after 2 minutes in at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091119-200000-004.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #173 on: 11/21/2009 09:03 AM »
This isn't directly relevant to Expedition 21, but this is the best place to post it:

Has anyone else realised that today (Fri 20th Nov) is the 11th anniversary of the ISS (the first module, Zarya, launched on 20th Nov 1998)! ;D

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISS!!!  :)

And belated Happy Birthday to Nicole Stott!  (47? no way!)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #174 on: 11/22/2009 08:03 AM »
False Alarm Recurrence:   False ISS dP/dt (depressurization) alarms sounded again last night, and it is now known that the MRM2 Poisk is triggering the depress response, but the root cause of why or how is still unknown.  The false depressurization alarms caused the ISS ventilation system to shut down, which triggered a false fire alarm due to dust settling in smoke detectors when the IMV (Intermodular Ventilation) went down.  The first night, COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) sensors were the culprit, and last night the A/L sensor.  All systems have been returned to nominal configuration.  Shuttle did receive the ISS alarms this time.  RSC-Energia engineers at TsUP-Moscow are working hard on a solution to prevent MRM2 from causing further disruptions, having already sent up inhibits to the three manual alarm commanding for MRM2 (dP/dt, fire & toxic atmosphere) to minimize the possibility for false alarms from MRM2.  The new MRM2 control panel is currently off limits.  During the dP/dt, the US A/L (Airlock) also had a fire indication that terminated O2 flow to the PBA (Prebreathe Assembly) masks.  Since it would have taken too long to recover the A/L to continue the Campout at 10.2 psi, it was decided to proceed using the EVA exercise prebreathe protocol for EVA-2 instead.

WPA Update:   The Water Processing Assembly processed about 26 liters yesterday (FD5).  There is enough potable water to supply ISS needs for the remainder of the docked mission.  WPA automatically shut down as a result of the alarms and there is no plan to activate again until Monday.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #175 on: 11/23/2009 08:48 AM »
False Alarms Update: The crew test-activated the three MRM2 panel buttons (Fire, dP/dt, Toxic). Unexpectedly, all three messages were displayed by the U.S. C&C MDM (Command & Control Multiplexer/Demultiplexer computer) in the US C&W (Caution & Warning) display (US auto response was inhibited per the test plan). With the Russian inhibits in place, this was not expected to be seen on the USOS side. The MRM2 C&W panel power is now turned off for the remainder of the docked period to keep that panel from kicking off emergency responses.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #177 on: 11/26/2009 11:46 AM »
For the ISS crew, now reduced to five persons, a role change has taken place after Shuttle hatch closure. With Expedition 21 ending and Expedition 22 beginning, the Soyuz TMA-15/19S crew of Romanenko, De Winne & Thirsk has become the non-prime crew, slated to depart on 11/30, and the Soyuz TMA-16/20S crew of Suraev & Williams are now prime, with Jeff Williams having taken over the role of ISS CDR from Frank De Winne. The crew has conducted their commensurate briefing on prime/non-prime emergency procedures, and the appropriate emergency procedure books have been transferred to their respective Soyuz vehicles. With this, Expedition 22 is off to a great start! (ISS On-Orbit Status 11/25/09)

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #178 on: 11/26/2009 11:05 PM »
MRM2 False Alarms Update: Due to the MRM-2 false emergency events, MCC-Houston has developed and uploaded a software patch to the C&C MDM (Command & Control Multiplexer/Demultiplexer computer) which prevents US software to respond to an MRM2 manual emergency event (fire, depress, toxic). Currently, if an MRM2 manual event is triggered, the US software will annunciate a “suppressed” emergency event, and no equipment safings will occur. TsUP-Moscow is planning some tests which may include re-activating the MRM2 C&W (Caution & Warning) Panel. During these tests, the US software configuration will remain as described above, so if the crew needs to annunciate a real manual emergency event, they will use the USOS C&W Panel, SM PSS (C&W) panel, or a PCS (Portable Computer System) laptop. MRM2 troubleshooting is proceeding.

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #179 on: 11/27/2009 08:05 AM »
Some great flyaround images are now up on the NASA exp 21 gallery, starting around http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-21/ndxpage65.html

I particularly like http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-21/html/s129e009228.html

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #180 on: 11/27/2009 07:35 PM »
I heard there will be a DAM tomorrow during the nightly DPC.  1915 GMT using the Progress with a 5 minute 37 second burn.
« Last Edit: 11/27/2009 07:39 PM by Targeteer »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #181 on: 11/27/2009 09:49 PM »
Will we ever see a flyaround picture with HTV attached?

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #182 on: 11/27/2009 10:19 PM »
Conjunction Alert: NASA FCT (Flight Control Team) is working two conjunctions of the ISS, one with a Delta rocket body (Object 25619), the second with HitchHiker 1 (Object 614). TCA (Time of Closest Approach) for 25619 is tomorrow evening (Saturday) at 6:05:36pm EST, with a radial miss distance of less than 100 m (overall spacing ~4.6 km) and PC (Probability of Collision) of ~1/74000, which puts it in the Red Zone. A DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) is in preparation, to be executed tomorrow at 2:15pm EST (last Go/No Go decision: 00:35am). The second object, #614, has a TCA of 10:05am on 11/30 (Monday) but would “go away” if the DAM for 25619 is performed as currently planned.

Audio at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091127-130000-001.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #183 on: 11/27/2009 10:41 PM »
Will we ever see a flyaround picture with HTV attached?

Not from a shuttle.
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #184 on: 11/28/2009 09:24 AM »
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

"After coordinating with Russian flight controllers, International Space Station Flight Director Kwatsi Alibaruho decided Friday night that a Debris Avoidance Maneuver would not be required on Saturday to steer the complex clear of a remnant of a Delta rocket that launched the Stardust mission in February 1999. The rocket body had been moving toward the vicinity of the orbital outpost over the past few days based on tracking by NASA Flight Dynamics and ballistics officers.

Although earlier tracking data indicated that the debris was steadily approaching the station, additional tracking runs on Friday afternoon and Friday evening confirmed that the debris was, in fact, moving further away and would not come any closer than 9 kilometers, or 5 ½ miles of the station, posing no threat.

Flight controllers are now keeping an eye on a second debris source, the remnant of an old Hitchhiker science payload, which tracking picked up on Friday afternoon. This piece of space junk is currently forecast to come within an overall miss distance of about 14 kilometers, or 8.6 miles, around 9:05 a.m. EST on Monday. It is not currently considered enough of a threat to require an avoidance maneuver. If further tracking Saturday shows a greater concern, planning for a maneuver will begin in earnest"

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #185 on: 11/28/2009 01:35 PM »
Daily Planning Conference talking about it: http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091128-020000-004.wav

Weekly planning conference for the coming week: http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091128-080000-005.wav

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #186 on: 11/29/2009 09:37 PM »
Wake/sleep cycle: To accommodate the late-night Soyuz undocking tomorrow (10:56pm EST), the crew’s wake/sleep cycle will be adjusted tomorrow:
Today, 11/29: Wake: 1:00am – 4:30pm EST
Monday, 11/30: Wake: 2:30am – 11:00am
Wake: 3:00pm – 2:30am (12/1)
Tuesday, 12/1 Wake: 1:00am – 4:30pm (12/2).
(i.e., sleep/rest all day Tuesday for Maxim & Jeff)

Soyuz TMA-15/19S Ground Team Support: The NASA coordinator for the 19S landing, Joel Montalbano, confirmed that all fifteen (15) 19S Ground Support team members, including teams from CSA, ESA, and NASA, are stationed and ready in Kustanai/Kazakhstan for the landing operations.

FE-4 Thirsk performed the monthly inspection/maintenance of the TVIS treadmill and found that two segments of the gyroscope wire ropes are severed. Photo documentation was sent to ground teams for analysis. TVIS is currently No-Go for operations. The crewmembers performed their regular physical exercise using the other workout devices. [The crew task to replace the wire ropes will be prioritized in the two-crew time frame after 19S undock.]

* TVIS was talked about quite a bit in the evening DPC at http://issaudio.project10.net/iss_20091129-130000-002.wav


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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #187 on: 11/30/2009 11:32 PM »
Coverage of farewall ceremony and hatch closure began :

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #188 on: 11/30/2009 11:35 PM »
No live views from station in nearest 25 minutes, so probably we will see replays of todays events.

Current look on russian side of ISS :

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #189 on: 12/03/2009 04:00 AM »
A fun photo for the end of this thread: Romanenko in Chibis :)

http://rt.com/About_Us/Blogs/orbital-log/2009-11-26.html
« Last Edit: 12/03/2009 04:01 AM by eeergo »
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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #190 on: 12/14/2009 03:56 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-237

CHALLENGES OF LIVING AND WORKING ABOARD THE SPACE STATION: NASA ASTRONAUT NICOLE STOTT AVAILABLE FOR TV INTERVIEWS



HOUSTON -- After three months living aboard the International Space
Station, NASA astronaut Nicole Stott will be available for satellite
interviews from Houston between 6 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. CST on Thursday,
Dec. 17.

To arrange an interview via NASA Television, journalists should
contact Derek Sollosi at 281-792-7515 or by e-mail to
[email protected] by 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. B-roll of
Stott's flight will air from 5:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. Dec. 17.

Stott, of Clearwater, Fla., served as a flight engineer for
Expeditions 20 and 21 aboard the station and joined five other crew
members living on the orbiting complex. She was the chief robotics
operator, responsible for capturing, berthing and later releasing the
first Japanese cargo ship flown to the station. In addition to
working on multiple scientific studies, she also conducted a
6-and-a-half-hour spacewalk in September to continue station
assembly.

Stott was the final station resident to fly to and from the complex on
the space shuttle. She launched on space shuttle Discovery in August
and returned to Earth aboard shuttle Atlantis in November. Stott
spent a total of 91 days in space, 87 of them aboard the station.
Stott has been assigned to fly on the STS-133 mission in September
2010, currently the final scheduled flight of the Space Shuttle
Program.

The NASA Live Interview Media Outlet channel will be used for the
interviews. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by
uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 6, transponder 5C,
located at 72 degrees west, downlink frequency 3785.5 Mhz based on a
standard C-band 5150 Mhz L.O., vertical polarity, FEC is 3/4, data
rate is 6.00 Mhz, symbol rate is 4.3404 Mbaud, transmission DVB,
minimum Eb/N0 is 6.0 dB.

The interviews also will be broadcast live on NASA TV. For streaming
video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:



http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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Re: Expedition 21 thread (October 11 - December 1, 2009)
« Reply #191 on: 02/01/2010 04:49 PM »
Close and personal with the Space Station

The International Space Station was his home for six months. He knows every nook and cranny of it and now shares the secrets of this heavenly habitat with us. The next tour of the station is now departing from the ESA multimedia gallery.

http://www.esa.int/esaHS/SEMI74SJR4G_index_0.html

The tour:

http://wsn.spaceflight.esa.int/?pg=mm&id=28

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