It seems that all NASA mission patches for Shuttle flights use romanized names for Japanese astronauts, most Soyuz mission patches do as well (like Soyuz TMA-11M, TMA-17), and for the ISS mission patches, most use Japanese characters for their names (like Expedition 20), but apparently not all. Satoshi Furukawa even has his name done differently for two different ISS expeditions, the Expedition 28 mission patch is romanized, Expedition 29 is in Japanese characters. I would guess, then, that other than for the NASA shuttle mission patches, it's a personal preference, rather than some institutional rule. Does anyone know for sure?
MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. Launch of Soyuz MS manned spacecraft, which is due to take a new expedition to the International Space Station, has been rescheduled for July 7 from June 24 due to control system flaws that may disrupt the ship's docking with the ISS, a source in the Russian aerospace industry told TASS on Wednesday."The launch has been rescheduled for July 7," he said. "The crew is expected to come to Baikonur (the Russian space center located is Kazakhstan TASS) on June 24.""Experts have established the ship will be rolling as it docks the ISS and they are unable to stop this rolling motion so far," the source said.The rescheduling of the Soyuz MS launch has necessitated postponement of the launch of the Progress MS cargo spacecraft, initially planned for July 7. Under the new schedule, it may take place on July 17, the source said.
MOSCOW, June 6. /TASS/. Russia’s government commission has made a decision to postpone the launch of the manned Soyuz MS spacecraft to the International Space Station from June 24 till July 7, the state-run space corporation Roscosmos has said."For enhancing the safety of the newly modified spacecraft Soyuz MS’s flight to the ISS it has been decided to carry out more tests of software. The state commission has made a decision to launch the Soyuz FG rocket carrying the Soyuz-MS spacecraft till 04:36 Moscow time on July 7, 2016," the Roscosomos press-service has said.The launch of another cargo spacecraft, Progress MS, has been delayed, too. Originally it was due on July 7. Now it has been scheduled for July 17.Earlier, a source in the space rocket industry told TASS there was a possibility the launch of Soyuz MS may have to be postponed. He explained that specialists advised against hurrying with the launch as there was the risk of a glitch in the control system and problems while docking the new series spacecraft to the ISS. The Soyuz MS is to deliver to the ISS Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA’s Kathleen Rubins and Japan’s Takuya Onishi.The State Commission has decided not to put off the return of a Soyuz-TMA-19M spaceship with 3 ISS crew members onboard to Earth from June 18 to a later date, Roscosmos said."Soyuz TMA-19M is to land at 12:12 Moscow time on June 18, 2016," the press service said.A number of media outlets reported earlier that the ISS crew could be asked to extend their stay at the station because of a possible delay of the launch of a new manned spaceship Soyuz-MS. But a source in the Russian rocket and space industry told TASS that experts had recommended not to postpone the ISS crew’s return. Soyuz TMA-19M will take Russian Yuri Malenchenko, American Timothy Copra and Briton Timothy Peak back to Earth.
Are there any good overviews of the Soyuz-MS upgrades?
Why not delay their return surely halving the crew on ISS with no replacements on hand will impact science delivery. I would think that all sides should have a say in this not just the Russian?
A cynic might say because two USOS crew members are coming home thus impacting the science and operations on that part of the station far more.
June 24, 2016 MEDIA ADVISORY M16-075NASA TV to Air Russian Cargo Ship Movement at Space Station A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT.The Progress 62 cargo ship will automatically undock from the Pirs Docking Compartment of the space station and manually be guided in to re-dock. The maneuver will begin with undocking at 1:36 a.m. and take approximately 30 minutes, with re-docking planned for 2:10 a.m.This activity will test a newly installed manual docking system inside the station’s Russian segment. The resupply ship will back away to a distance of about 600 feet (about 183 meters) from the station, at which point Expedition 48 cosmonauts Alexey Ovchinin and Oleg Skripochka of the Russian space agency Roscosmos will take manual control of the spacecraft. They will use a workstation in the Zvezda Service Module to “fly” the Progress back to a linkup with Pirs.The system test will include verification of software and a new signal converter incorporated in the upgraded manual docking system for future use in both Progress and piloted Soyuz vehicles in the unlikely event the “Kurs” automated rendezvous in either craft encounters a problem.Progress 62 arrived at the station Dec. 23, 2015 with more than three tons of food, fuel and supplies, and will undock for the final time at 11:48 p.m. Saturday, July 2. The spacecraft, loaded with trash, will be deorbited by Russian flight controllers to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean.Check out the full NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:http://www.nasa.gov/nasatvKeep up with the International Space Station and its research and crews, at:http://www.nasa.gov/station-end-
ISS Daily Summary Report – 06/22/16 Posted on June 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: The crew spent most of his day performing the following activities to dump and fill EMU 3005, 3008 feedwater tanks to satisfy maintenance requirements for on-orbit stowage. Due to previous EMU off-nominal conditions, steps were included for trend tracking:•Obtain a feedwater sample from EMU 3005 water tanks for future ground analysis.•Initiate ionic and particulate filtration of the EMU and Airlock cooling water loops.•Iodinate EMU Ion Filters and complete a 2-hour EMU iodination.•Obtain a 250 mL sample of EMU cooling loop water to determine the effectiveness of the Ion Filter in scrubbing EMU and Airlock cooling water. 10 mL of the water sample will be used for a conductivity test. The remainder of the water will be returned to ground for chemical analysis.•Determine a conductivity measurement for EMU water samples. Each sample will be measured once and two readings will be recorded from the Liquid Conductivity Meter display.•Regenerate Metal Oxide (Metox) canisters by baking out CO2 in the Metox Regenerator oven.
I've noticed the date of birth is not available anywhere for Takuya Onishi - all sources I've found online only puts him as born 1975 - even in the official NASA biography.Any particular reason for this lack of info?The same also appears to be the case for Norishige Kania.
The new crew woke up this morning ready to start work and a problem familiar to those with new guests reared it's ugly head, the toilet stopped working. A pump separator light means the US toilet is down and installation of the last spare pump separator is in work. The Russians have graciously offered their facility for in the mean time, just like a good neighbor would. A six pack of beer is reportedly headed up on the Dragon, allegedly
Jeff recently did an interview with some religious group involved in missionary work, did anyone catch it on NASA TV and get the name of the group and interviewer?
Quote from: JimO on 07/21/2016 08:22 PMJeff recently did an interview with some religious group involved in missionary work, did anyone catch it on NASA TV and get the name of the group and interviewer?This was a teleconference on July 19 but I still can't find the time-of-day,It was a personal call, NOT a PAO function. Where can I search to locate this information?There's MAJOR excitement in the woo-woo-websites and British newspapers about use of religious terms like 'gospel' and 'pray', I'm trying to produce a reality check.
During the daily stowage conference Jeff mentioned that 1 (at least) EMU is packed and already in Dragon. There was discussion about securing it while other cargo is loaded and stowed. Any ideas on which suit is coming back? Also did one head uphill because being down one suit doesn't sound likely?
ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/26/16 Posted on July 26, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.<snip>Dragon Cargo Operations: The crew has unloaded all cargo from the vehicle. The crew completed 2.5 hours of cargo packing and loading for return.
The NREP is fully docked on the JEM-EF on slot 4!08:50 - 5. Aug. 2016
ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/05/2016 NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) Operations: Following yesterday’s installation of the NanoRacks-Gumstix experiment onto NREP, and the installation of NREP on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEM A/L) slide table, today NREP was deployed from the JEM A/L, installed on the JEM Exposed Facility (JEF)
ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/19/2016 Posted on August 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ. U.S. Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #36: Williams (EV-1) and Rubins (EV-2) completed the following activities to install the International Docking Adapter (IDA)2 with Intravehicular (IV) support from FE-5:•Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 setup•Preliminary IDA installation•Initial IDA cable installation•PMA-2 hemi reflector cover installation•Final IDA cable installation•IDA outfitting•IDA cleanup•IDA3 cable routing•Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) ethernet cable connection•MDM ethernet cable routing•Station/Shuttle Power Transfer System (SSPTS) cap removalTomorrow the crew will perform post-EVA cleanup activities and a post-EVA debrief with ground teams.
NASA Public Affairs Officer Rob Navias conducted an in-flight interview July 26, 2016 with International Space Station Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA. Topics of discussion including their spacewalk Aug. 19 to install the first International Docking Adapter on the ISS for future use by U.S. commercial crew vehicles, station research work and the upcoming milestone on Aug. 24 when Williams surpasses former astronaut Scott Kelly’s record of 520 days in space, the most by an American astronaut.
46 Soyuz Survey: Following the RPCM R&R, controllers walked the SSRMS off MBS PDGF3 onto the Node 2 PDGF then onto the Lab PDGF and finally onto the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) PDGF. From there, the SSRMS was used to perform a survey of the 46S Soyuz using the Tip LEE.
Quote from: jacqmans on 08/30/2016 03:52 PM46 Soyuz Survey: Following the RPCM R&R, controllers walked the SSRMS off MBS PDGF3 onto the Node 2 PDGF then onto the Lab PDGF and finally onto the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) PDGF. From there, the SSRMS was used to perform a survey of the 46S Soyuz using the Tip LEE.Is this the first use of the FGB PDGF?
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 48 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Kate Rubins of NASA discussed life aboard the orbital outpost and the research they have conducted during an in-flight educational event Aug. 31 with students at the Leslie County High School in Hyden, Kentucky. Attending the event was Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky), the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. Williams is scheduled to return to Earth on Sept. 6, U.S. time, aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a landing in Kazakhstan to wrap up his fourth flight in space and a total of 534 days in space over those four flights, the most by any U.S. astronaut. Rubins will remain in orbit until her return to Earth on Oct. 30, on this, her first flight in space.