Author Topic: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)  (Read 49268 times)

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 27/10/2011.

FE-4 Sergei Volkov prepared the Progress M-10M/42P cargo ship for its undocking on 10/29 from the DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1), first installing the docking mechanism (StM, Stykovochnovo mekhanizma) between the cargo ship and the DC-1 Nadir port, then uninstalling & removing the LKT local temperature sensor commutator (TA251MB) of the BITS2-12 onboard measurement telemetry, along with its ROM unit (Read Only Memory, TA765B) for re-use.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 20th in 24 planned bridge buildings in Increment 29/30. The experiment is performed in the Kibo JPM during crew sleep (since the liquid bridge to be formed is sensitive to g-jitter), 4 days/week at most and 24 runs in total. After the liquid bridge has been formed, the ground imposes a temperature gradient on it to produce Marangoni convection. The crew, which is being informed regularly, has been asked to avoid any disturbances in this timeframe. Even disturbances in other modules can be transmitted and cause the liquid bridge in JPM to break up, resulting in science loss.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 28/10/2011.

In Node 3, CDR Mike Fossum opened the HV01 valve to initiate MCA (Major Constituents Analyzer) vacuum pumpout. The pumpout valve will be closed again about 4 hrs later. [This is a second go at it. Yesterday the Node 3 MCA experienced a problem during start-up that caused an advisory ("MCA Vent Valve Indeterminate") and a caution ("MCA Configuration Fault"). MCA specialists believe the issue may be related to a timing error between software commanding of the vacuum vent valve and the actual valve position. Today's attempt to resolve the problem consisted of overriding the software. Evaluation is underway.]

FE-4 Sergei Volkov finished up preparations for Progress M-10M/42P (#410) undocking tomorrow morning (~9:01 AM GMT), by:
Downlinking the formal report on stowage completion to TsUP/Moscow.
Activating the spacecraft's electronics and taking out the
  ventilation/heating air duct.
Removing the QD (Quick Disconnect) screw clamps (BZV) of the
  docking & internal transfer mechanism (SSVP) which rigidized the joint.
Closing the transfer hatches.
Conducting the standard one-hour leak checking of the SU docking
  vestibule and fuel/oxidizer transfer line interface between Progress &
  DC-1.
Downlinking the video depicting the close-out activities, for review by
  ground specialists. [During hatch closure, leak checking and initial
  clamp installation, Russian thrusters as usual were inhibited due to load
  constraints (2:00 PM-3:40 PM GMT).]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #82 on: 10/29/2011 09:28 AM »
Mike Fossum has confirmed that Progress 42 has undocked.

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And with the Progress M-10M undocking, ISS is in the very rare configuration of having only one Russian vehicle docked (Soyuz TMA-02M/27S at MRM-1).

The last time this situation occurred was in March 2009 - let's hope it doesn't occur again.
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So what does ISS look like with only one Russian vehicle docked? Photoshop time! :D
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #85 on: 10/29/2011 07:27 PM »
Today's weekly planning conference was ahead of schedule...

http://www.kevin-cohen.com/nsf/iss/iss_20111029-080000-002.wav

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 29/10/2011.

Progress M-10M/42P undocked nominally this morning at 9:04 AM GMT from the DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) Nadir port after hooks open command at 9:01 AM GMT. An automated 15-sec separation burn with DPO-K2 thrusters followed at 9:07 AM GMT (delta-V 0.67 m/s). The cargo ship, loaded with trash, performed its 3-min. deorbit burn (99.7 m/s) at 12:10:30 PM GMT, entered the atmosphere at ~12:48 PM GMT and burned up at ~12:54 PM GMT. Surviving debris impacted in the Pacific Ocean at ~1:00 PM GMT.

Progress M-13M/45P Countdown:
L-1 activities are underway at the Baikonur/Kazakhstan launch site where the Soyuz-U launch vehicle with the Progress 45P cargo ship was rolled out yesterday to the pad for tomorrow's liftoff at 10:11 AM GMT.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #87 on: 10/30/2011 01:42 PM »
Backup Space Station stream

John44 - I'm not sure what this is... Where are you getting the data from if it's not NASA?

I use the old windows media stream. NASA has only removed the link from the website  :-X

http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/nasadotgov/posts/post_1316723279916.html
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 30/10/2011.

At Baikonur/Kazakhstan, the new cargo ship Progress M-13M/45P (#413) was launched this morning on time at 10:11 AM GMT on a Soyuz-U rocket fueled with 392 tons of LO2, over 80 tons of kerosene, and nearly 70 tons of LN2, H2O2 and other elements. Ascent was nominal, and all spacecraft systems were without issues. All arrays and antennas deployed nominally (2 solar arrays, 5 KURS antennas, 1 Rassvet-M antenna for TORU, 1 SBI/M-BITS onboard measurement / telemetry system antenna). Docking to DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) "Pirs" Nadir port is planned for Wednesday, 11/02, at ~11:40 AM GMT, to deliver 750 kg (1,653 lbs) of propellant, 50 kg (110 lbs) of oxygen, 420 kg (926 lbs) of water and 1410 kg (3,108 lbs) of dry cargo (supplies, experiment hardware, etc.)]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #90 on: 10/31/2011 06:19 AM »
Mike Fossum has confirmed that Progress 42 has undocked.

Cdr Fossum took this picture of the Progress M-10M break-up on re-entry.

Source: http://twitpic.com/7876bg

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 31/10/2011.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
This week, JAXA will perform the Marangoni Experiment each night on 10/31, 11/01, 11/03, and "LONG" liquid bridges will be developed on 10/31 and 11/01. Tonight/tomorrow, at 9:30 PM-6:00 AM GMT, the crew should pay scrupulous attention to not to generate disturbances since taller liquid bridges are much more sensitive to g-jitter.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #92 on: 10/31/2011 06:35 PM »
Expedition 2930 - Crew Departure for Baikonur Kazakhstan Ceremony at Star City
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7170

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #94 on: 11/02/2011 07:05 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-227

SPACE STATION ASTRONAUTS CONNECT LIVE WITH D.C. STUDENTS

WASHINGTON -- To highlight International Education Week (IEW), NASA
and the U.S. Department of Education will host a live, long-distance
call for students with International Space Station resident and
Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum. Schools and students
participating have strong military connections and were selected in
collaboration with the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity.


NASA Associate Administrator for Education Leland Melvin and Deputy
Secretary of Education Tony Miller will join students to discuss
living and working in space with Fossum. The downlink is scheduled
for Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 9:55 to 10:15 a.m. EST, and will air live
on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Media representatives interested in attending should contact Sara Gast
at the Department of Education at sara.gast@ed.gov by 5 p.m., Monday,
Nov. 7. The event will take place at the Department of Education
auditorium, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., in Washington.

This year's IEW theme is "Inspiring Students Locally to Succeed
Globally." The event continues a long-standing partnership between
NASA and the Education Department that celebrates the benefits of
international education and exchange worldwide.

The live, in-flight education downlink is one of a series with
educational organizations in the U.S. and abroad to improve teaching
and learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It
is an integral component of Teaching From Space, a NASA Education
program that promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships
with the education community using the unique environment of space
and NASA's human spaceflight program.

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


http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

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

http://www.nasa.gov/station


Online Space Pete

Don't know whether this has been posted before (old event, but video uploaded today), but very cool nonetheless! :)

First Movement of Robonaut 2 on ISS
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 02/11/2011.

Yest kasaniya! At 11:41 AM GMT this morning, Progress M-13M/45P (#413) docked successfully to the DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) Nadir port (vacated by Progress M-10M/42P on 10/29) under precise automatic Kurs control. [Kurs antenna retraction was nominal. Kasaniya (contact) was followed by a final DPO post-contact thrusting burn, docking probe retraction and Sborka (hook closure, ~12:00 PM GMT) after motion damp-out while the ISS was in free drift for 20 min (11:40 AM-12:00 PM GMT). At "hooks closed" signal, RS (Russian Segment) MCS (Motion Control System) returned to active attitude control, maneuvering the ISS to LVLH TEA (Local Vertical/Local Horizontal | Torque Equilibrium Attitude). Attitude control authority had been handed over to Russian MCS at 9:45 AM GMT; it returned to US Momentum Management at ~12:40 PM GMT. Next came the standard 1-hr leak checking, opening of the hatches between DC-1 & SU vestibule and SU & Progress (~2:30 PM-2:50 PM GMT) and installation of the BZV screw clamps, followed by the standard air sampling inside Progress with the Russian AK-1M air sampler, then powering down the spacecraft and installation of the ventilation/heating air duct, taking photographs of the internal docking surfaces for subsequent downlinking, and dismantling & removing the StM docking mechanism between the cargo ship and the DC-1 Nadir port.]
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Awesome video of the Progress M-10M/42P re-entry.

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #99 on: 11/03/2011 08:27 PM »
Awesome video of the Progress M-10M/42P re-entry.

They are getting better at these timelapse movies, too bad they didnt try it for shuttle.....
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