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Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« on: 07/06/2015 05:59 PM »
The main crew of the ISS 51/52 starts training in Yu.A.  Gagarin

July 6, 2015

The Cosmonaut Training Center Yuri Gagarin took place presentation of the program of training of the crew of the main long-term ISS-51/52 in the composition of Roscosmos cosmonauts Alexander Misurkin , Nikolai Tikhonov and NASA astronaut Mark T. Vande Haya .

 The backup crew of the ISS long-49/50 and the main crew of the ISS long-51/52 was approved by the held June 22, 2015 meeting of the Interdepartmental Commission for Selecting Cosmonauts and their Enlistment in Crews of Manned Space Vehicles and stations.

 "I am delighted that we have appointed a crew, - said Alexander Misurkin.  - The decision of the commission coincided with the wishes of my intuitive. "

Marc Vande Hai thus expressed his confidence that "the preparation for the next two years in this format will be very interesting."  "I look forward to the start of training," - he added.

Already July 7 crew will start training on actions after landing a spacecraft on the water surface .

The commander of the crew of ISS-51/52 Alexander Misurkin it will be the second expedition.  His first semi space flight he made in 2013 as a flight engineer of the spaceship "Soyuz TMA-08M."  During the previous flight, Alexander Misurkin three spacewalks, having worked in total in the open space of about 20 hours.

For Nikolai Tikhonov, who in summer 2009, was awarded the qualification "test cosmonaut", this will be the first flight.

Astronaut Mark Vande Haya has also no experience of space flight.  In June 2009 Vanda Haya was selected as a candidate for the astronauts and passed training in the twentieth set by NASA.  From June 2012 to May 2013 Vanda Haya served as director of the Office of NASA's Star City.

http://www.gctc.ru/main.php?id=3070
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #1 on: 07/18/2015 04:28 PM »
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Our ISS 51/52 crew // Наш экипаж МКС 51/52
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #2 on: 01/07/2016 08:19 PM »

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #3 on: 02/26/2016 08:43 AM »
JSC2016e000683 (01/06/2016) --- Official astronaut portrait of Expedition 51 crew member Mark Vande Hei in a spacesuit (EMU).

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #4 on: 04/20/2016 06:51 PM »
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Официальное фото экипажа... и немного веселья :) //Official crew photo, and a bit fun :)

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #5 on: 08/16/2016 05:47 PM »
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The Exp. 51 Space Flight Awareness poster was approved today. I am really looking forward to flying with these guys!

Draft version (7/20/2016) below:

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #6 on: 08/18/2016 09:57 PM »
Draft Expedition 51 crew portrait.
Just it is approved!
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #7 on: 09/02/2016 08:48 AM »

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #8 on: 09/05/2016 02:38 PM »
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Thomas Pesquet ‏@Thom_astro 24.08
L-74: whenever there's cake, it's a good day! #Expedition50 #proxima

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Exp. 50/51 crewmembers @Thom_astro, @AstroPeggy & Oleg Novitsky during an cake-cutting ceremony at NASA's JSC

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Staffs of NASA participated in the cake-cutting ceremony at the Jake Garn Simulation and Training Facility (JSC)

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Custom cakes for Expedition 50/51 crewmembers @Thom_astro, @AstroPeggy & Oleg Novitsky
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #9 on: 10/15/2016 11:31 AM »
Alexander Misurkin:

Expedition 51 crew: it is a pity that due to the decision to reduce the number of Russian cosmonauts on board the ISS, we can not fly in this lineup.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #10 on: 10/25/2016 08:07 PM »
Expedition 50-51 Crew Undergoes Final Training Outside Moscow

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Published on Oct 25, 2016
Expedition 50-51 Soyuz Commander Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson of NASA and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency along with their backups, Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos, Jack Fischer of NASA and Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency conducted final qualification training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia Oct. 24 and 25. Novitskiy, Whitson and Pesquet are scheduled to launch on Nov. 16, Kazakh time, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft for a five-month mission on the International Space Station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71rTmHwVur8?t=001

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #11 on: 10/27/2016 01:28 PM »
Alexander Misurkin:

Expedition 51 crew: it is a pity that due to the decision to reduce the number of Russian cosmonauts on board the ISS, we can not fly in this lineup.
As the Soyuz MS-04 crew will now be Yurchikin, Fischer, and a cargo container, maybe the spacecraft processors can lighten the situation with a jest:
Encase the cargo container in a safe-for-work, safe-for-spaceflight dakimakura;D

EDIT November 6: Why not use a dakimakura printed with a full-body, color image of Yuri Gagarin in his SK-1 spacesuit?!
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #12 on: 11/15/2016 07:31 PM »
Surely today's official announcement is already being discussed somewhere here on NSF, but I can't find it, so here goes.

Long expected reduction in Russian crew launches, and resultant juggling of non-Russian crew.

EDIT: per AnalogMan below, posted in the "General Discussion" forum.  Why not ISS forum or Soyuz forum?  (facepalm)  Thanks for the link.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-updates-2017-international-space-station-crew-assignments

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NASA and its international partners have updated the assignments for several crew rotations to the International Space Station in 2017. The changes reflect a switch in assignments for some NASA astronauts, as well as a reduction in the number of Russian cosmonauts on some missions.

Expedition 51/52 crew members NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will launch in March 2017. Yurchikhin will be the Expedition 52 commander.

In May 2017, Expedition 52/53 will launch with NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Russian Cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy. Bresnik will be the Expedition 53 commander.

Expedition 53/54 will launch in September 2017. NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin will make up that crew, with Misurkin commanding Expedition 54.

Expedition 54/55 will launch with NASA astronaut Scott Tingle, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Norishige Kanai and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov in October 2017. Expedition 55 will be commanded by Skvortsov.

The Expedition 50/51 launch of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA and cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy is unchanged and on track to launch Nov. 17 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. They will join Expedition 50 crew members currently on the station, including astronaut Shane Kimbrough of NASA and cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrey Borisenko of Roscosmos. Kimbrough is the commander of Expedition 50 and Whitson will assume command for Expedition 51.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #13 on: 11/15/2016 07:47 PM »
Surely today's official announcement is already being discussed somewhere here on NSF, but I can't find it, so here goes.

Long expected reduction in Russian crew launches, and resultant juggling of non-Russian crew.

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-updates-2017-international-space-station-crew-assignments

No discussion so far, but press release was posted earlier in the Flight Crew Assignments thread:
https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=740.msg1609663#msg1609663
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #14 on: 11/16/2016 06:17 PM »
ISS Expedition 50 and 51 crew member ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, left, and his backup ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli are seen wearing the new and updated version of the Expedition 51 crewpatch. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #15 on: 11/21/2016 03:22 AM »
New patch

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #16 on: 11/22/2016 06:42 PM »
November 22, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-135
NASA TV News Conference, Media Availability with Next Space Station Crew
NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, who are targeted to launch to the International Space Station in March, will participate in a news conference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The news conference will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website.

Fischer, a first-time space flyer, and veteran cosmonaut Yurchikhin will launch to the space station in late March from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to round out Expedition 51.

Media who wish to participate by telephone should call Johnson's newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 1:45 p.m. Those following the briefing on social media can ask questions using the hashtag #askNASA.

After the news conference, interview opportunities with Fischer are available in person or by phone. To request credentials to attend in person, or to reserve an interview opportunity, media must contact Johnson's newsroom by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

Fischer, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was selected in July 2009 as a member of the 20th NASA astronaut class and completed astronaut training in 2011. Prior to becoming an astronaut, the Colorado native graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering. He went on to receive a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1998. He has been a Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM) and worked in the International Space Station Operations, International Space Station Integration, Soyuz and Exploration branches of the Astronaut Office.

During their planned five-month mission, Fischer and Yurchikhin will take part in approximately 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth in order to advance scientific knowledge of Earth, space, physical, and biological sciences. Science conducted on the space station continues to yield benefits for humanity and will enable future long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space, including the agency’s Journey to Mars.

The Expedition 51 crew members will share their flight experiences on Instagram at:

http://instagram.com/iss

To follow Fischer on Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/Astro2Fish

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

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about the International Space Station and its crews, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #17 on: 02/03/2017 06:02 PM »
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The Exp. 51 Space Flight Awareness poster was approved today. I am really looking forward to flying with these guys!

Draft version (7/20/2016) below:

New version Exp 51 crew poster!
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #18 on: 04/03/2017 08:31 PM »
The five-member Expedition 51 crew consists of (from left) Jack Fischer, Fyodor Yurchikhin, Thomas Pesquet, Peggy Whitson and Oleg Novitskiy.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #19 on: 04/05/2017 09:21 PM »
ISS Expedition 51-52 Pre Flight Training Footage



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Footage contains training activities of the International Space Station’s Expedition 51-52 crew, including NASA astronaut Jack Fischer. Fischer and Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos are scheduled to launch April 20 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in the Soyuz MS-04 spacecraft for a four and a half month mission.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #20 on: 04/07/2017 02:36 PM »
Fedor Yourtchikhin has his new personnal patch-I know for shure!
New slogan:"ROADS ARE LEEVING WITH WALKERS"in Latin.The previous one was:"ROADS ARE DONE BY WALKERS"also in Latin.And his First personal patch was with a classic slogan in Latin:
"VIAM SUPERVADET VADENS".
Does anyone have pictures of these three patches or the art work for these three patches?

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #21 on: 04/08/2017 06:29 AM »
Fedor Yourtchikhin has his new personnal patch-I know for shure!
New slogan:"ROADS ARE LEEVING WITH WALKERS"in Latin.The previous one was:"ROADS ARE DONE BY WALKERS"also in Latin.And his First personal patch was with a classic slogan in Latin:
"VIAM SUPERVADET VADENS".
Does anyone have pictures of these three patches or the art work for these three patches?

You can find his first patch on the Spacefacts website (select "cosmonauts" and then "Yurchikhin").

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #22 on: 04/11/2017 02:41 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/10/2017

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
48 Soyuz (48S) Undock and Landing: Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrei Borisenko undocked from the ISS at 3:00AM CDT and landed nominally at 6:21AM CDT today. Kimbrough and support personnel are aboard the G5 plane enroute to Houston. The ISS will be in 3-crew operations until the arrival of 50S scheduled to launch on April 20, 2017.

Today is an on board crew day off. Nominal reporting will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, April 11.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #23 on: 04/11/2017 03:21 PM »
April 11, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-041

NASA Astronaut to Star in First Ultra-High-Definition Live Stream from Space

NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers 250 miles off the Earth to the International Space Station in the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 26.

During this event, Whitson will speak with Sam Blackman, chief executive officer and co-founder of AWS Elemental, via an ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcast transmitted in 4K from the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. Watch Amazon Web Services’ live stream of the event at:

https://live.awsevents.com/nasa4k

The conversation with Whitson will take place as part of a panel called “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood.” The panel will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level, and will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter.

Additional panelists are:
 ·      NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
 ·      Rodney Grubbs, NASA Imagery Experts program manager
 ·      Bernadette McDaid, head of development, virtual reality and augmented reality at Bau Entertainment
 ·      Khawaja Shams, vice president of engineering for AWS Elemental
 ·      Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator for the IBM Watson Group

To experience the full effect online, devices capable of viewing 4K UHD content will be required, however, lower resolution streams of the live broadcast will be available on NASA Television, NASA’s Facebook page and the agency’s website.

NanoRacks, a provider of commercial access to the International Space Station through its status as a U.S. National Laboratory, helped certify for launch a UHD-capable video encoder from AWS Elemental. The encoder and a RED Epic Dragon Digital Cinema camera were delivered to the station aboard a Japanese cargo craft in December 2016.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter:

http://instagram.com/iss

and

http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #24 on: 04/12/2017 02:58 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/11/2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects:  Upon wakeup, the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and began the first half of a 48-hour urine collection to support the Sleep Shift and Biochem Profile/Repository portion of the Lighting Effects investigation.  Subject conducted four urine collections which are performed within a 24-hour period. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing for return and analysis. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Hard Drive Exchange:  The crew exchanged hard drives for the DECLIC investigation. DECLIC High Temperature Insert (HTI)-Reflight (R) studies water near its critical point, the point beyond which water loses its distinction between liquid and vapor and begins to behave as a dense gas. Salt tends to precipitate out from water at temperatures and pressures beyond its critical point. Understanding this behavior will assist designers in building extended-life and low-maintenance supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) reactors that will provide more environmentally friendly waste management systems and reduce operating costs of power plants that use supercritical water for its working fluid.

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

Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station (Express) Rack 6 (ER6) Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Installation: The crew removed the Payload Ethernet Hub Bridge (PEHB) from ER6 and installed an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) in its place.  The iPEHG provides additional payload data band width needed for the TangoLab payload arriving on SpX-11. The iPEHG was checked out and is performing nominally. The PWD was removed and reinstalled back in the same ER6 location, to allow access for installing the iPEHG.  While preparing for the iPEHG installation, the crew found damaged threads on one of the Microgravity Rack Barrier Posts and its threaded insert. The plan is to replace the Standoff Bridge Bracket to provide a good installation location for a spare Microgravity Rack Barrier Post.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status: Yesterday, RPCM S11A-C RPC 3 tripped, removing power from the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM). Due to unusual temperatures in the RPCM after the trip, specialists suspected that the trip might have been caused by an RPCM failure rather than a true overcurrent. Multiple attempts to reclose RPC 3 were unsuccessful.  Teams are reviewing data to attempt to isolate the failure to the RPCM or the STR MDM.

Nitrogen Repress from Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS): Today, the crew performed the first nitrogen repress from a NORS N2 tank. The tank is now empty and ready for return on SpX-11.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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Space Station Commander Discusses Record Flight with the Media




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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed life and research and the records she is setting in a pair of in-flight interviews April 12 with the CBS Radio Network and CNN. Whitson, who already established the record for most spacewalks and most spacewalking hours by a female, will break the mark for most days in space by a U.S. astronaut. On April 24, she will surpass NASA’s Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days in orbit. Whitson is in the midst of a flight spanning almost 10 months on the station, her third long duration mission on the complex.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #26 on: 04/13/2017 10:47 AM »
Thomas Pesquet
 

Superheroes
 

The cutest question I've been asked so far: my friends' daughter (who saw me floating in weightlessness) wanted to know at what age my super powers had kicked in! She was clearly worried about why she could not fly herself yet ;)

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #27 on: 04/13/2017 12:59 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/11/2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects:  Upon wakeup, the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and began the first half of a 48-hour urine collection to support the Sleep Shift and Biochem Profile/Repository portion of the Lighting Effects investigation.  Subject conducted four urine collections which are performed within a 24-hour period. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing for return and analysis. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Hard Drive Exchange:  The crew exchanged hard drives for the DECLIC investigation. DECLIC High Temperature Insert (HTI)-Reflight (R) studies water near its critical point, the point beyond which water loses its distinction between liquid and vapor and begins to behave as a dense gas. Salt tends to precipitate out from water at temperatures and pressures beyond its critical point. Understanding this behavior will assist designers in building extended-life and low-maintenance supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) reactors that will provide more environmentally friendly waste management systems and reduce operating costs of power plants that use supercritical water for its working fluid.

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

Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station (Express) Rack 6 (ER6) Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Installation: The crew removed the Payload Ethernet Hub Bridge (PEHB) from ER6 and installed an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) in its place.  The iPEHG provides additional payload data band width needed for the TangoLab payload arriving on SpX-11. The iPEHG was checked out and is performing nominally. The PWD was removed and reinstalled back in the same ER6 location, to allow access for installing the iPEHG.  While preparing for the iPEHG installation, the crew found damaged threads on one of the Microgravity Rack Barrier Posts and its threaded insert. The plan is to replace the Standoff Bridge Bracket to provide a good installation location for a spare Microgravity Rack Barrier Post.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status: Yesterday, RPCM S11A-C RPC 3 tripped, removing power from the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM). Due to unusual temperatures in the RPCM after the trip, specialists suspected that the trip might have been caused by an RPCM failure rather than a true overcurrent. Multiple attempts to reclose RPC 3 were unsuccessful.  Teams are reviewing data to attempt to isolate the failure to the RPCM or the STR MDM.

Nitrogen Repress from Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS): Today, the crew performed the first nitrogen repress from a NORS N2 tank. The tank is now empty and ready for return on SpX-11.


 
Gotta love the bureaucratic medical-privacy stuff here  "the 49S subject ..."   while in the full version of this
 at https://blogs.nasa.gov/stationreport/  it enumerates: HRF Generic Urine Collection Female – Subject
Hmm, that kind of narrows it down a bit...
 
We haven't heard a lot about NORS lately, nice to see it is apparently working smoothly.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #28 on: 04/13/2017 02:23 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/12/2017

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects: The 49S subject conducted three Lighting Effects tests as shown below.  This is the second week of Lighting Effects activities for this subject.
•Biochem Profile/Repository Test: Upon wakeup, subject provided a sleep log entry before conducting the second half of the 48-hour urine collection process that began yesterday. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing until they are returned for analysis.
•Cognition Test: Subject completed three runs of the Cognition test including pre-test questions and an array of cognitive tests with performance feedback. Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.
•Visual Performance Test: Subject unstowed the Visual Performance Test hardware and verified that they were testing under the correct Solid State Lighting Assemblies (SSLA) setting. Subject then completed the Numerical Verification Test and Color Discrimination Test and took photographs of the completed tests.

The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights.

ESA Active Dosimeter Swap: The crew swapped the worn Mobile Unit (MU) with a charged MU, then initiated the data download to the ESA Active Dosimeter Personal Stowage Device (PSD).  The European Crew Personal Active Dosimeter is an active device worn by European ISS crewmembers in orbit to measure radiation exposure. This device, coupled with other dosimeters in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus Laboratory, provides radiation dosage information that can be used to support risk assessment and dose management. The goal is to enable the verification of radiation monitoring systems for future medical monitoring of crewmembers in space.

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew completed an FMS session this morning, completing a series of interactive tasks. The investigation studies how the fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of the investigation is to answer how fine motor performance in microgravity trend/vary over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission. how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth, and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation, and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Joint Station Local Area Network (LAN) Version 10.0 Transition Review: In preparation for Friday’s planned Node 2 and Lab Router Remove & Replace (R&R), the crew completed a procedures review. The transition involves both hardware/software changes and requires both onboard and ground operations. The entire JSL network will be down during Friday’s activity until the new system is operational.

Systems Operations Data File Updates: The crew completed pen and ink updates to emergency books to account for new pre-treat contamination constraints for Nitrile Gloves. Warning books were also updated to include COL Cycle 14.1 software changes.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Last evening, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture #4 (PDGF4) onto the Lab PDGF then onto the Node2 PDGF. While the SSRMS was based on the Lab PDGF with Latching End Effector A (LEE-A) as the base LEE, a Direct Drive Test was performed on SSRMS Joint 7 (the End B Roll Joint) for mechanism health trending.  Data was collected on the full range of motion of this joint to help characterize its behavior. MSS performance was nominal.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #29 on: 04/14/2017 02:29 PM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html

Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #30 on: 04/15/2017 06:09 AM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html

Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?

Seems so according to this, although there is no mention of it in the 4/13 daily status report from NASA.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #32 on: 04/15/2017 03:34 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/13/2017
Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew performed a series of interactive tasks to complete a FMS session. The investigation studies how the fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of this investigation is to understand how fine motor performance in microgravity trends/varies over the duration of a six-month and yearlong space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Veg-03 Operations: The crew checked and photo documented status of plants in the Veggie facility. The goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows using Red Romaine lettuce. Future long-duration missions into the solar system will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets which entails growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and ISS made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the new Veggie hardware which crew members will soon use to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables. Tests determine which types of microorganisms are present in space-grown cabbage, providing baseline data for future crop-growing efforts. Behavioral health surveys assess the impact of growing plants on crew morale and mood.

Manufacturing Device (MD) Operations: The crew removed and replaced (R&Rd) the MD Feedstock Canister, Extruder, and Print Tray. The MD – Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Holder Exchange: The crew performed a JAXA ELF Sample exchange in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack-2 (MSPR2) facility.  They removed the sample holder and installed a new cartridge into the holder, then installed the Sample Holder and Cartridge into the ELF Work Volume. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate/melt/solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) Exchange: The crew completed a cartridge exchange in the MSL located in the Material Science Research Rack (MSRR). They removed the used sample cartridge and replaced it with the next test sample. Batch-2b of the Materials Science Laboratory Sample Cartridge Assemblies (MSL SCA-Batch 2b-ESA) serves two projects investigating how different phases organize in a structure when metallic alloys are solidified. The METCOMP project studies the phase formed by the reaction of the remaining liquid phase with an already formed solid to form a second solid phase on cooling. For this purpose, Bronze (Copper-Tin Alloys) of different compositions will be processed. The other project, Solidification along a Eutectic path in Ternary Alloys (SETA), looks at how two phases that form together organize into lamellar, or fiber, structures when cooling Aluminum (Copper-Silver Alloys). Both projects will provide benchmark samples that enables testing of numerical models that aim to predict these structures.

50 Soyuz (50S) Arrival Preparations: The crew reconnected a wireless Station Support Computer (SSC) client to the Joint Station Local Area Network (JSL) to allow ground teams to load and configure the clients for 50S crew use.

Distillation Assembly (DA) Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew R&Rd the Water Recovery System (WRS) DA and verified torque level of the rack-side mounting plate fasteners. The R&R was performed as a result of the Urine Processing Assembly producing distillate with an elevated/erratic conductivity.  Analysis of samples has shown that pretreated urine (PTU) is present in the Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) distillate.  Fault tree investigation determined that the source of this PTU was either the DA or the Fluids Control and Pump Assembly. The UPA will be activated later today.

Remote Power Controller (RPC) Trip: Yesterday RPC 16 on Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) N21B4B_B tripped open. This RPC powers the Node 2 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) System Flow Control Assembly (SFCA) Valve which impacts the ability for closed-loop control of the Node2 MTL loop flow.  The current loads on the Node 2 MTL are supported with the valve in its current position. Should thermal loads on this loop change, the crew can manually adjust this valve. The main system loads on this loop are four DC-to-DC Converter Units (DDCU) for the JEM and Columbus modules.  Telemetry reviewed by ground teams indicated ~3Amp overcurrent event. Ground Teams are evaluating a forward plan to recover.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #33 on: 04/16/2017 01:06 AM »
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #34 on: 04/17/2017 11:16 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/14/2017

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

Joint Station Local Area Network (LAN) Version 10.0 Transition: This morning the crew replaced the Edge Routers in the Lab and Node 2. Following the hardware replacement, ground teams began intsalling JSL v10 and configuring the network using the upgraded routers. The previously installed Integrated Station LAN (ISL) Routers were reaching end of life on their flash memory and the new upgrades allow support of gigabit ethernet connectivity which will result in increased network throughput. Checkout of the system by ground teams is in work and proceeding nominally.

S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status:  Yesterday afternoon, Flight Controllers successfully commanded this RPC closed after a 3rd attempt.  Full activation of the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) MDM was then successfully performed. This RPC had initially tripped open on Monday as a result of a Field Effect Transistor (FET) Controller Hybrid (FCH) failure.

N21B4B_B  RPC 16 Status:  This RPC which powers the Node 2 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) System Flow Control Assembly (SFCA) Valve was successfully closed yesterday afternoon. Closure of this RPC enables the ability for closed-loop control of the Node2 MTL loop flow. Ground teams are assessing the root cause of this RPC trip which occurred this past Wednesday.   

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #35 on: 04/18/2017 10:56 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/17/2017

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Lighting Effects: On Saturday the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and downloaded data from their Actiwatch for the Lighting Effects investigation. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. Fluorescent bulbs are being replaced with solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that have adjustable intensity and color. Investigators will determine if the new lights improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights.

JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: In preparation for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) activities planned for next week, the crew pressurized the JEMAL and completed a leak check.

Veg-03 Operations: The crew checked and photographed the Chinese cabbage growing in the Veggie facility. The goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate the proof of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and planting pillows. Future long-duration missions into the solar system will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which entails growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and ISS made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the Veggie hardware to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables. Tests determine which types of microorganisms are present in space-grown cabbage, providing baseline data for future crop-growing efforts. Behavioral health surveys assess the impact of growing plants on crew morale and mood.

NeuroMapping: The crew set up the NeuroMapping hardware and executed testing in both a “strapped in” and “free floating” body configuration. During the test, the crewmember executed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes any changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS.

JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2) Troubleshooting:  Following installation of the facility in the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) on March 1st of this year, anomalies in the telemetry system were experienced.  Today the crew performed troubleshooting steps to verify cable connectivity and functionality.  FROST2 will be used to provide conditioned stowage capability for the Moderate Temperature Protein Crystal Growth (MT PCG) experiment scheduled to arrive on SpX-11.

Fluid Shifts Hardware Preparation:  In preparation for Fluid Shifts activities to be performed this week the crew set up hardware required for blood, urine and saliva collections and processing. 

On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous: In preparation for OA-7 launch, the crew performed this proficiency training on the Cygnus profile including rendezvous crew procedures and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding the vehicle. Cygnus is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:11 am CDT with capture and berthing Saturday, April 22.

OBT Emergency Descent Drill:  All three crew members performed this Emergency Descent Drill. The training session focuses on off-nominal procedures that would be used in the event the crew needs to egress the ISS and perform an emergency descent.  The drill is scheduled 12-14 weeks aboard the ISS, then once every 2.5 months.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #36 on: 04/19/2017 11:29 AM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html
Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?
Seems so according to this, although there is no mention of it in the 4/13 daily status report from NASA.
Here is a conformation in English.
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kiboexp/news/170418_exham.html

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Launch: OA-7 launched successfully from Cape Canaveral at 10:11AM CDT today. Capture and berthing to Node 1 Nadir is planned for Saturday, April 22 starting at 5:05AM CDT. The spacecraft will deliver ~1023 kgs of supplies to support the ongoing ISS Research Program.

JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:  In preparation for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) activities planned for next week, the crew opened the inner hatch in the JEMAL and extended the airlock slide table into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).  They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS).  The crew then retracted the JEMAL slide table back into the airlock and closed the inner hatch. 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 49S subjects initiated their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that is divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2) Troubleshooting:  The crew continued troubleshooting steps to identify the source of telemetry anomalies experienced in the facility after it was installed on March 31st of this year.  FROST2 will provide conditioned stowage capability for the Moderate Temperature Protein Crystal Growth (MT PCG) experiment scheduled to arrive on SpX-11.

Echo Commissioning:  The crew retrieved and set up Echo hardware in the Columbus module and performed an Echograph commissioning session on the Electrocardiogram (ECG).  The purpose of the ECHO investigation is to evaluate a tele-operated ultrasound system, equipped with motorized probes that are controlled by flight controllers on the ground. Additionally, this investigation supports the commissioning of the Echo instrument which is planned for use with the Vascular Echo experiment on ISS in the future.  Several tele-operated ultrasound systems have been developed and tested on Earth and on board the ISS. The Echo investigation tests a more powerful, easy to use ultrasound system that could provide new opportunities for experimentation aboard the ISS.  In the field of telemedicine on Earth, tele-operated scanners can bring improved progress in the medical management of persons in remote areas.

Visiting Vehicle On-Board Training (OBT)/Offset Grapple: M1 Pesquet and M2 Whitson practiced grapple approaches in preparation for OA-7 capture and berthing planned this Saturday. On the last approach of the session, ground teams sent the Safing command for the crew to practice a hot backup transition and execute a back away to the high hover position. During the session the crew focused on equipment setup and how to best manage the volumetric constraints in the Cupola.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #38 on: 04/19/2017 05:06 PM »
April 19, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-045

President Trump Makes Special Long-Distance Call to Record Breaking American Astronaut

President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

The 20-minute call will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. EDT, and will be made available to schools, museums, and other organizations across the nation and globally.

The Department of Education and NASA are working together, on behalf of the White House, to encourage classrooms throughout America to tune-in to this historic event.  They also are making available for voluntary use STEM on Station educational materials that may be helpful to further engage students in the classroom. STEM on Station is comprised of education activities that follow astronauts as they demonstrate STEM concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology.

Commander of the station’s Expedition 51 crew, Whitson will officially set the U.S. record Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days. Additionally, she is the first woman to command the space station twice, and holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.

Whitson will be joined for President Trump’s call by NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory Thursday, April 20.

Whitson arrived at the space station Nov. 19, 2016, and is sharing her experiences in space on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Fischer will share his first-time flyer experiences on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017
JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:   They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). 

Is someone able to explain this with plain words for a non-English native speaker?

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #42 on: 04/21/2017 10:08 AM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017
JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:   They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). 

Is someone able to explain this with plain words for a non-English native speaker?

ISS has two main release mechanisms available to deploy payloads from the JEM airlock. Usually, the standard small satellites are released from their containers, which are held by the MPEP, but non-standard payloads use the Cyclops (SSYKLOPS). This MPEP/Cyclops+containers+satellites is brought outside on the Slide Table in the airlock, and maneuvered with the JEM robotic arm to the "launch" position. Once the satellites are away, the container+MPEP/Cyclops is cycled back inside through the Slide Table and airlock.

The NREP is a payload installed in the JEM-EF (exposed facility, the "porch" of ISS) since August. I am not entirely sure why, but it looks this facility is being brought inside - I imagine because of OA-7's arrival with some experiments that need to be loaded up in NREP for exposure. Cyclops is able to have it tied down by EVAers in the case of a contingency prevents NREP from having it secured to either the slide table in the airlock or the JEM-EF's facility attachment points, and apparently MPEP doesn't offer the same capability.
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« Reply #43 on: 04/21/2017 11:00 AM »
Thank you for your detailed answer.
It is the first time that I heard about a contigency EVA in connection with installation/deinstallation on the JEM-EF.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
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April 21, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-047

How to See President’s Call to International Space Station on April 24

President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special 20-minute, Earth-to-space call at 10 a.m. EDT Monday, April 24, to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

NASA will provide live coverage of the event via the following agency assets:
•NASA Television -- http://www.nasa.gov/live
•Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/NASA/
•Ustream -- http://www.ustream.tv/nasahdtv
•YouTube --
•NASA App for iOS http://itunes.apple.com/app/nasa-app/id334325516?mt=8
•NASA App for Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.nasa
•NASA App for Amazon Fire and Fire TV http://amzn.com/B00ZVR87LQ
•The NASA App also is also available to Apple TV users

Ustream coverage of the call can be embedded using the following code:

<iframe width="480" height="270" src="http://www.ustream.tv/embed/6540154?html5ui" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen frameborder="0" style="border: 0 none transparent;"></iframe>

YouTube video of the call can be embedded using the following code:

<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UdmHHpAsMVw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Whitson arrived at the space station Nov. 19, 2016, and is sharing her experiences in space on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #46 on: 04/24/2017 06:35 AM »
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At 1:27 a.m. ET on April 24, @AstroPeggy has officially broken @Astro_Jeff's record of 534 days in space. Wish her well with #CongratsPeggy!

https://twitter.com/space_station/status/856378927362834432

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #47 on: 04/24/2017 02:33 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/19/2017

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements:  The 49S subjects continued their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

European Space Agency (ESA) Active Dosimeter Swap:  The crew replaced an Active Dosimeter Mobile Unit and downloaded the recorded data to an Active Dosimeter Personal Stowage Device. The European Crew Personal Active Dosimeter is worn by European ISS crewmembers on orbit to measure radiation exposure. This device, coupled with other dosimeters in the Columbus Laboratory, provides radiation dosage information that can be used to support risk assessment and dose management. The goal is to enable the verification of radiation monitoring systems for future medical monitoring of crewmembers in space.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:  The crew depressed the airlock and vented remaining air in preparation for NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) operations next week.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed a medication tracking entry in the Dose Tracker application that runs on an iPad. Dose Tracker documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The investigation is expected to provide anecdotal evidence of medication effectiveness during flight and any unusual side effects experienced. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics is occurring during missions.

Mobile Serving System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday afternoon, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) into position for the start of the Orbital ATK-7 (OA-7) Offset Grapples Practice Session. They then powered up the MSS in the Hot Backup configuration for the crew to practice maneuvering the SSRMS into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). They performed this several times and then performed a final run during which Ground Controllers safed the SSRMS to simulate a failure. The crew recovered by switching from the Cupola Robotic Workstation (RWS) to the Lab RWS and backing the SSRMS away. After the Offset Grapples Practice session, Ground Controllers reconfigured the MSS for nominal operations and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position.  Finally, Robotic Flight Controllers performed a Direct Drive test of the Wrist Roll Joint (1) for mechanism health trending. Data collected will be compared with the data collected for joint 7.

On-Board Training (OBT) Robotic Onboard Trainer (RoBOT): Following yesterday’s successful launch of OA-7 and planned capture/berthing this Saturday, the crew completed a training session utilizing the RoBOT. They performed three Capture Point hold runs and numerous two meter runs. They also completed a self-study session.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #48 on: 04/24/2017 02:33 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/20/2017

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

50 Soyuz (50S) Launch/Dock: 50S launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome today at 2:13AM CDT with Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer aboard and docked in the automated mode to the Mini Research Module (MRM)-2 at 8:24AM CDT.  Following hatch opening at 10:05AM CDT, all crew members participated in a crew safety briefing to review emergency actions and roles and responsibilities in the event of a depressurization, fire or toxic release. With the arrival of these crewmembers the ISS is in 5-crew operations.

Electromagnetic Levitation (EML) Sample Coupling Electronic (SCE) Changeout: The crew swapped SCE Chambers in the Experiment Module of the EML today.  The SCE measures electrical resistivity of samples inside the EML which contains 4 inserts for Electromagnetic Levitation samples. The experiment samples are installed in a dedicated Sample Chamber that is attached to EML and will be replaced by new Sample Chambers for new experiment batches.

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker / INcubator (MERLIN) 2 Health and Status Troubleshooting:  The crew performed troubleshooting steps to recover Health and Status data which terminated on March 30, 2017. The crew then attempted to reboot the computer but the unit failed to reboot and is no longer cooling. A replacement MERLIN will arrive on OA-7.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Arrival Preparations: In preparation for this Saturday’s OA-7 arrival, the crew deployed and performed a checkout of the Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) on the Node 1 Nadir hatch. Video from the CBCS is used to aid Flight Controllers during Visiting Vehicle mating operations.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: Overnight, the UPA experienced a fault due to apparent belt slippage in the DA. This signature has been seen on previous DAs, however it is the first occurrence since installing this ORU on April 13th. Ground teams are discussing the signature and forward plan for restarting the UPA.

Solar Array Wing (SAW) 3B Hinge Tear: During a review of imagery taken during Tuesday’s routine solar array inspection, ground teams identified a ~6-7 inch “tear” on one of the hinges of the 3B solar array blanket. The damage was reviewed prior to 50S docking and it was determined that, given the extent of the damage, there was no concern of propagation of that damage based on the expected loading conditions for the event. Followup imagery will be requested to assess the level of damage incurred and determine whether any additional actions will be required.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #49 on: 04/24/2017 02:34 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/21/2017

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements:  The 49S subjects completed their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) #12 Installation and Execution:  The crew installed and configured the JAXA PCG#12 canisters in JEM Ryutai rack. This experiment will run until removal for return on 49S.  The two canisters contain a total of 47 protein samples that were prepared by Russian and Japanese researchers from universities, national research institutes, and the private sector. The purpose of this activity is to obtain high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment at a constant temperature for about 6 weeks. Results may contribute to the development of drugs for multidrug-resistant bacteria, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and periodontitis. They will also aid in the development of a blood substitute and biosensor.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Arrival Preparations: In preparation for OA-7 capture and berthing this Saturday, the crew completed the following:
•Reviewed Cygnus attached phase configuration, hardware, and stowage.
•Relocated Portable Computer System (PCS) and cables from Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module (JPM) Utility Outlet Panel (UOP) to the Lab UOP.
•Completed a Robotics Onboard Trainer (RoBOT) session to practice Capture Point hold runs and 2 meter runs.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #50 on: 04/24/2017 03:00 PM »
Expedition 51 - In-Flight Event with President Trump, Ivanka Trump and NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins - 24 April
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10042

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #52 on: 04/25/2017 12:53 AM »
April 24, 2017
RELEASE 17-046
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks STEM Education with President Trump

Sets New U.S. Record for Time in Space

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, currently living and working aboard the International Space Station, broke the record Monday for cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut – an occasion that was celebrated with a phone call from President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and fellow astronaut Kate Rubins.

NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who arrived April 20 for his first mission aboard the orbiting outpost, also participated in the call alongside Whitson.

"Peggy is a phenomenal role model for young women, and all Americans, who are exploring or participating in STEM education programs and careers," said President Trump. "As I have said many times before, only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we be truly able to make America great again. When I signed the INSPIRE Women Act in February, I did so to ensure more women have access to STEM education and careers, and to ensure America continues to benefit from the contributions of trailblazers like Peggy."

Whitson launched on Nov. 17, 2016, with 377 days in space already under her belt, and broke Jeff Williams’ U.S. record of 534 cumulative days in space. In 2008, Whitson became the first woman to command the space station, and on April 9 became the first woman to command it twice. In addition, she holds the record for most spacewalks by a female astronaut.

“This is an inspirational record Peggy is setting today, and she would be the first to tell you this is a record that’s absolutely made to be broken as we advance our knowledge and existence as both Americans and humans,” said NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot. “The cutting-edge research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station will help us go farther into our solar system and stay there longer, as we explore the mysteries of deep space first-hand. Congratulation to Peggy, and thank you for inspiring not only women, but all Americans to pursue STEM careers and become leaders.”

This is Whitson’s third long-duration stay on board the space station, and her mission was recently extended for an additional three months. Rather than returning to Earth in June as originally planned, Whitson will remain on the space station and her return home, with Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, is targeted for September. Whitson’s extension will give her significantly more time to conduct scientific experiments aboard the station.

A fresh set of science experiments and supplies for Whitson and her crewmates arrived at the space station April 22 on Orbital ATK’s seventh NASA-contracted commercial resupply mission. Investigations include an antibody investigation that could increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs for cancer treatment and an advanced plant habitat for studying plant physiology and food growth in space. Another new investigation bound for the U.S. National Laboratory portion of the station will look at using magnetized cells and tools to make it easier to handle cells and cultures, and improve the reproducibility of experiments.

In addition to the important research that cannot be conducted on Earth, Fischer and Whitson are scheduled to take part in the fifth spacewalk of the year on May 12 to replace an avionics box on the starboard truss called an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier, a storage platform.

For more than 16 years, humans have lived and worked continuously aboard the International Space Station, advancing scientific knowledge and demonstrating new technologies, making research breakthroughs not possible on Earth that will enable long-duration human and robotic exploration into deep space. A global endeavor, more than 200 people from 18 countries have visited the unique microgravity laboratory that has hosted more than 1,900 research investigations from researchers in more than 95 countries.

Follow Whitson’s stay on the space station via social media at:

http://www.twitter.com/AstroPeggy

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

https://astropeggy.tumblr.com

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #53 on: 04/25/2017 08:49 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/24/2017

Posted on April 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Capture/Berthing: Friday night, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to inspect the Node 1 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (ABCM). They then maneuvered the SSRMS to the Cygnus high hover position and powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) in “Hot Backup” mode in preparation for Saturday morning’s Cygnus capture.

On Saturday, Pesquet and Whitson monitored the Cygnus approach from the Cupola Robotic Workstation and with Pesquet at the controls, Cygnus was captured nominally. Ground Controllers then maneuvered Cygnus into position to support an inspection of its Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) then maneuvered and installed it to the Node 1 Nadir Active CBM. The Cygnus hatch was subsequently opened and cargo transfer was initiated.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Marrow):  A 50S crewmember performed the Flight Day 15 (FD15) blood and air sample collections in support of the Marrow experiment.  A blood sample was collected, processed in the centrifuge and placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  A breath sample and ambient air sample were also collected and stowed for return on a later flight. The Marrow investigation looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on the bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the bone marrow.

NanoRacks Microscope-3 Instrument Operations:  The crew performed NanoRacks Microscope-3 assembly and checkout for both microscopes.  NanoRacks Microscope-3 will be used for viewing and capturing digital microscope photos of various science specimens.

Emergency Roles & Responsibilities Review: With the arrival of the 50S crew, all 5 crewmembers reviewed priorities during emergency response to ensure safety of the crew and safe configuration of the ISS. To meet these priorities the crew covered crew accountability, readiness of the Soyuz escape vehicle and communication and coordination among themselves as well as with ground teams during an emergency event.

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) Status: On Sunday, the crew reported a grinding noise in the CEVIS and were directed to stand down on CEVIS use. Ground teams met and decided that the crew can continue CEVIS use wearing hearing protection and will schedule an Ergometer Remove & Replace (R&R).

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: On Sunday, UPA experienced a Distillation Assembly Belt Slippage Fault and was moded to shut down. The same fault was experienced last Thursday. Ground teams met and recommends restarting the UPA which is in work.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #54 on: 04/26/2017 03:27 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/25/2017

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations: The crew pressurized the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL), performed a leak check and extended the JEMAL Slide Table (ST) into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).  They then removed the Gumstix/Solar Cell payload and attached the NanoRacks-CID and Honeywell-Morehead-DM payloads to the NREP. The ST was then retracted with attached NREP back into the JEMAL and the hatch was closed. The JEMAL will be depressurized tomorrow and the JEMRMS will transfer the NREP to the JEM External Facility (JEM-EF) this Thursday.  NREP is the first external commercial research capability for testing of scientific investigations, sensors, and electronic components in space. Dependable Multiprocessor (DM) technology developed for NASA increases the amount of science and autonomy processing for space missions by flying clusters of high performance commercial off the shelf (COTS) processors in space.  Honeywell-Morehead-DM-7 includes a system-level radiation experiment to verify DM operation in a space environment.  Charge injection Devices (CIDs) read light exposure information in individual pixels.  The CID investigation evaluates a camera with image quality enhancements that can capture images of bright objects and extremely faint ones in the same field of view, such as stars and exoplanets. The investigation demonstrates that these cameras can work in the microgravity and high-radiation environment of space.

Fluid Shifts Baseline Imagery:  49S and 50S subjects began this week’s Fluid Shifts baseline imagery activities today.  With support from ground teams, the crew performed an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) test, a Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) test, a Tonometry examination, took blood pressure measurements, and performed an Ultrasound 2 scan.  This is the second of three weeks of Fluid Shifts activities for the 49S and 50S subjects.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed a weekly medication tracking entry in the Dose Tracker application. Dose Tracker documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The investigation is expected to provide anecdotal evidence of medication effectiveness during flight and any unusual side effects experienced. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics or pharmacodynamics is occurring during missions.

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the RaDI-N hardware from the Russian crewmembers, the USOS crew deployed eight Space Bubble Detectors in Node 2 for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agency’s RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels on the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to detect neutrons while ignoring all other radiation.

Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) 2 Loss of Communications (LOC): Overnight, MBSU 2 experienced a LOC.  The ground is unable to command or get data insight into the MBSU. The unit continues to pass power to the downstream power buses 2A/2B DC-DC Converter Units (DDCU)s. The next worst failure is an MBSU 2 loss of power which would result in the downstream DDCUs losing power. Five of the 7 DDCUs have parallel DDCUs that can be used to manage and provide power to the loads. The other 2 standalone DDCUs can be powered using available contingency jumpers. The signature is similar to the previous MBSU 1 LOC failure requiring it to be replaced. There are two spare MBSUs on orbit. Teams met to discuss a recovery plan via Robotic operations or an EVA. 

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Status: The UPA was recovered yesterday, completing one process cycle.  There were some minor Distillation Assembly (DA) belt slippages at startup but not enough to result in a Low DA Centrifuge Speed (S4) shutdown. The next UPA process cycle is expected tomorrow.

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« Reply #55 on: 04/26/2017 09:19 PM »
Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) 2 Loss of Communications (LOC): Overnight, MBSU 2 experienced a LOC.  The ground is unable to command or get data insight into the MBSU. The unit continues to pass power to the downstream power buses 2A/2B DC-DC Converter Units (DDCU)s. The next worst failure is an MBSU 2 loss of power which would result in the downstream DDCUs losing power. Five of the 7 DDCUs have parallel DDCUs that can be used to manage and provide power to the loads. The other 2 standalone DDCUs can be powered using available contingency jumpers. The signature is similar to the previous MBSU 1 LOC failure requiring it to be replaced. There are two spare MBSUs on orbit. Teams met to discuss a recovery plan via Robotic operations or an EVA.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #56 on: 04/27/2017 09:49 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/26/2017

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations:  The crew depressurized and vented the Japanese Experiment Module(JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) in preparation for the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) transfer of the NREP to the JEM External Facility (JEM-EF) this Friday. 

Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging: The 49S crew continued this week’s Fluid Shifts baseline imagery activities.  With one crew member performing as an onboard operator, ultrasound imaging was taken of arterial and venous measures at various body locations. Additional measurements using the Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), ESA’s Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Device, and Intraocular Pressure (IOP) were taken as well. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Holder Exchange: The crew completed a JAXA ELF Sample Chamber removal and inspection. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew completed a series of interactive tasks for the FMS investigation which studies how fine motor skills are affected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth’s gravity. The goal of the investigation is to determine how fine motor performance in microgravity trends/varies over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compares with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trends/varies before and after gravitational transitions including periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) Streaming: The crew performed a successful 4K live video demo for the annual National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB). This meeting is attended by over 100,000 representatives in the media industry (ex., journalists, directors, producers and video engineers). The ISS showcased live 4K ISS downlink at a keynote address as part of the convention.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday Robotics Ground Controllers powered off the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and the Mobile Base System (MBS) and translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite 6 (WS6) to WS3.  After powering the MBS and SPDM back up to operational they maneuvered the SPDM to unstow Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT) #2 from the Tool Holster Assembly (THA). This was the first day of operations to set up MSS for the Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) S11A-C swap with RPCM S14B-G scheduled this Friday, April 28th.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #57 on: 04/28/2017 02:33 AM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/25/2017

Posted on April 25, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations: The crew pressurized the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL), performed a leak check and extended the JEMAL Slide Table (ST) into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).  They then removed the Gumstix/Solar Cell payload and attached the NanoRacks-CID and Honeywell-Morehead-DM payloads to the NREP. The ST was then retracted with attached NREP back into the JEMAL and the hatch was closed. The JEMAL will be depressurized tomorrow and the JEMRMS will transfer the NREP to the JEM External Facility (JEM-EF) this Thursday.  NREP is the first external commercial research capability for testing of scientific investigations, sensors, and electronic components in space. Dependable Multiprocessor (DM) technology developed for NASA increases the amount of science and autonomy processing for space missions by flying clusters of high performance commercial off the shelf (COTS) processors in space.  Honeywell-Morehead-DM-7 includes a system-level radiation experiment to verify DM operation in a space environment.  Charge injection Devices (CIDs) read light exposure information in individual pixels.  The CID investigation evaluates a camera with image quality enhancements that can capture images of bright objects and extremely faint ones in the same field of view, such as stars and exoplanets. The investigation demonstrates that these cameras can work in the microgravity and high-radiation environment of space.
 

Bit confused here - when was NREP removed from the EF? Earlier in April?
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #58 on: 04/28/2017 11:57 AM »
Bit confused here - when was NREP removed from the EF? Earlier in April?
I think NET April,19.
https://blogs.nasa.gov/stationreport/2017/04/18/
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JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:  In preparation for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) activities planned for next week, the crew opened the inner hatch in the JEMAL and extended the airlock slide table into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).  They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS).  The crew then retracted the JEMAL slide table back into the airlock and closed the inner hatch. 
But there was no information in the stationreport, the same as with the installation of ExHAM#2 two weeks ago.
Maybe because it was done by JAXA and not by NASA.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #59 on: 04/28/2017 09:14 PM »
THE SSRMS is removing/replacing something on the ISS feed.  An RPC?
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #60 on: 04/28/2017 09:20 PM »
THE SSRMS is removing/replacing something on the ISS feed.  An RPC?
Is the SPDM grappled by the SSRMS? The RPCMs can only be R&R'ed by the SPDM or an EV. Alone the SSRMS is useless for R&R tasks.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #61 on: 04/28/2017 09:25 PM »
Looking at the feed myself, it's an RPCM R&R that is in work. The view is from the SPDM looking at the alignment target of the RPCM.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #62 on: 04/28/2017 10:58 PM »
Looking at the feed myself, it's an RPCM R&R that is in work. The view is from the SPDM looking at the alignment target of the RPCM.

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swapping out "RPCM S11A_C with S14B-G"
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