Author Topic: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)  (Read 49282 times)

Offline Space Pete

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.....

Yes - the camera they are using for these movies (SS-HDTV) was only activated after STS-135.

A related feature from yesterday:

New Space Station Camera Reveals the Cosmic Shore
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/Cosmic_Shore.html
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #101 on: 11/04/2011 03:45 AM »
Going to miss these guys.

Been doing more than their fair share of PR work due to only being 3 of them.


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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 04/11/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum & FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa spent several hours in the US Lab checking out and operating Robonaut. [Activities included a review of procedures and a video depicting the operational envelope of the robot, setting up the camcorder in Node 2 to capture Lab cabin video of Robonaut ops, installing & cabling Robonaut & supporting hardware at its Port 2 seat track location, powering it up in conjunction with ground commanding and then taking it through its ground (POIC/Huntsville)-commanded motions via GUI, telnet windows and H&S (Health & Status) telemetry. Mike & Satoshi ran scripts for checking out the motion stop function with arms motored & moving, Robonaut Ready Pose plus Robonaut joints and force sensors in the arms & fingers.  Robonaut was then powered down from Stow Pose, disassembled, uncabled and restowed in its M-03 Bag. Operational envelope of Robonaut's arms requires an oblate spheroid of free space 2.44 m (96 in.) diameter and 1.88 m (74 in.) high.]

Performing IFM (Inflight Maintenance) in the ESA COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), Mike Fossum used a ratchet to remove three tension rod/latch assemblies (of 8 total) from the COL hatch mechanism, disconnecting them from the hatch plate and stowing them. [These assemblies were previously disengaged.]

Conjunction Alert:
Flight controllers are tracking a new conjunction with Object #30353 (Fengyun 1C Debris). TCA (Time of Closest Approach): 11/06 (Sunday), 6:31 PM GMT. Concern is presently at Medium level.  If a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) is required, TIG (Time of Ignition) would be ~4:13 PM GMT on 11/06.

Time Change:
The change from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time will occur on Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 AM (local time). Clocks should be set BACK 1 hour.
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According to Florida Today, Robonaut is experiencing some issues on-orbit.

http://space.flatoday.net/2011/11/robonaut-tripped-up-during-station.html
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 05/11/2011.

Conjunction Update:
FCT/Flight Controller Team has been tracking a new conjunction with Object #30353 (Fengyun 1C Debris). TCA (Time of Closest Approach): 11/06 (Sunday), 6:31 PM GMT. The object's miss distance has remained outside of the notification box for the past few updates. The PC (Probability of Collision) is now valid (meeting all criteria) and well below any action threshold. No action is necessary by the FCT or the crew.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #105 on: 11/05/2011 09:34 PM »
According to Florida Today, Robonaut is experiencing some issues on-orbit.

http://space.flatoday.net/2011/11/robonaut-tripped-up-during-station.html

That's a good note, and one that will be critical to learn in future long-duration 0-Gee robotics.
Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our rights & freedoms, and for those injured, visible or otherwise, in that fight.

Offline Space Pete

From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 07/11/2011.

Preparatory to the scheduled installation of a jumper cable for the SPDA (Secondary Power Distribution Assembly) at LA1B, CDR Mike Fossum powered down all equipment connected to the Lab UOP-6 (Utility Outlet Panel-6). This affected SSC-12 (Station Support Computer-12) and SSC-18 laptops plus the dual Li-Ion (Lithium-Ion) battery charger.

Afterwards, Mike had 2h set aside for an IFM (Inflight Maintenance) of installing the Lab SPDA jumper and Node 1 Y-jumper to power the SPDA using Lab Payload Rack power (at Port 1). [The Lab SPDA jumper consists of two jumpers mated together with the connection taped over due to grounding concerns. One end was to be mated to the LA1B SPDA located in the Fwd Stbd Endcone, the other end to the Node 1 Y-jumper.  One end of the 'Y' of the latter was then to be mated to the J1 connection at P1, the second end was capped. The IFM required safing steps, rotating the MELFI-3 (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS-3) rack at Starboard 1 down for access after demating its umbilicals, removing the shear panel in front of the SPDA at LA1B (38 fasteners), then installing the jumpers and reversing the activities (without re-attaching the shear panel). The temporarily deactivated Lab UOP-6 was powered up later in the day, and ground teams then were to recover the powered-down UOP-6 loads.]

RS Propellant Transfer:
Starting this morning at ~5:24 AM GMT, TsUP/Moscow transferred fuel (UDMH/unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine) from Progress M-13M/45P's propellant system via DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) to the SM (Service Module) BG1 fuel tank of the ODU (Integrated Propulsion System). Tomorrow morning, at ~4:23 AM GMT, transfer of oxidizer (N2O4 or NTO, nitrogen tetroxide) to SM tank BO1 will be started.

KURS-P Test:
Also this morning, Russian ground controllers conducted a test of the KURS-P automated docking system via Regul VHF and RGS (Russian Ground Sites) using the Approach Test Program (CSB) to check out the recent (11/03) switch of the KURS antenna feeder cables to the SM +Y-side (MRM-2) for next week's Soyuz TMA-22/28S docking (11/16).
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 08/11/2011.

FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa printed out new SODF (Station Operations Data File) procedures for temporarily updating the 3 onboard Warning Books (Lab, SM, FGB). [These updates refer to the possible event of an EPS (Electrical Power System) bus failure for the time during which the new SPDA (Secondary Power Distribution Assembly) jumpers are installed. The jumper installation, done yesterday by Mike, was in response to observed MBSU-1 (Main Bus Switching Unit-1) firmware degradation, moving all Lab B1 DDCU (DC-to-DC Converter Unit) loads to a different power feed, to protect against the hardware becoming unpowered in case of an MBSU failure due to the old firmware.]

RS Propellant Transfer:
After yesterday's prop transfer from the Progress M-13M/45P cargo ship to the SM BG1 & BO1 tanks (ended 10:32 AM GMT), another transfer of oxidizer (N2O4 or NTO, nitrogen tetroxide) to SM tank BO2 will begin tomorrow at ~3:27 AM GMT, with BITS2-12 onboard realtime telemetry system and VD-SU mode off. [When VD-SU mode is deactivated and BITS is powered down, affected equipment must be turned off to avoid operation in the absence of real-time telemetry. The most notable impacts are:
1. Elektron oxygen generation system (shutdown by crew or ground),
2. SKV air conditioning system (shutdown by crew or ground).
3. Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal unit (no telemetry if in automatic
    mode, no impact if in manual mode).
4. BMP micropurification unit (automatically shutdown).
5. SRV-K condensate water processor (can be shut down by crew or
    ground, usually not required).
6. BRI data conversion unit (smart router) is power cycled when VD-SU
    mode is cycled. After VD-SU activation, the crew may execute a test
    to assess the impact of VD-SU mode cycling on the BRI,
7. No dP/dt (pressure change) detection in RS (Russian Segment) due to
    the lack of telemetry,
8. Fire & smoke alarms (audio only) will annunciate onboard in the SM
    through the C&W panel (PSS) speaker,
9. Total pressure alarms (audio only) will annunciate onboard in the SM
    through the C&W panel (PSS) speaker.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #108 on: 11/09/2011 05:48 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-231

NASA SPACE STATION CREWMEN AVAILABLE FOR IN-FLIGHT INTERVIEWS

HOUSTON -- Two NASA astronauts soon will be aboard the International
Space Station and available for regularly scheduled interview
opportunities with accredited news media.

Daniel Burbank, a veteran of two space shuttle missions to assemble
the station, will launch with Russian crewmates on a Soyuz spacecraft
from Kazakhstan on Sunday, Nov. 13. Arriving at the complex on Nov.
16 for a four-month mission, Burbank will command the Expedition 30
crew through mid-March.

Donald Pettit will join Burbank in late December when he launches from
Kazakhstan with Russian and European crewmates in another Soyuz
spacecraft. Pettit will remain on the station for five months,
returning to Earth in mid-May after serving as part of the Expedition
30 and 31 crews. He is a veteran of a long-duration mission on the
station as part of the Expedition 6 crew in 2002 and 2003, as well as
a subsequent space shuttle mission to assemble the station.

Because of the nature of human spaceflight activities, news media must
remain flexible to accommodate scheduling changes in interview times
and dates. These opportunities are scheduled in the crew members'
timeline each week, generally in the morning between 8 a.m. and noon
CST.

In-flight interviews are broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on
the agency's website. News media must have two dedicated telephone
lines available and be able to receive NASA TV via NASA's LIMO
Channel to communicate with and view the astronauts.

The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink provided by
Americom. It is on satellite SES-2, transponder 9C, located at 87
degrees west, downlink frequency 3865.5 MHz based on a standard
C-band, horizontal downlink polarity. FEC is 3/4, data rate is 6.0
Mbps, symbol rate is 4.3404 Msps, transmission DVB-S, 4:2:0.

News media must email a detailed interview proposal to Rob Navias at
rob.navias-1@nasa.gov or Kylie Clem at kylie.s.clem@nasa.gov.
For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For biographical information and other astronaut information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/astronauts

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

       
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 09/11/2011.

RS Propellant Transfer:
After last night's fuel (UDMH/Hydrazine) transfer from the Progress M-13M/45P cargo ship to the SM BG2 tank (ended 11:11 AM GMT), another transfer of oxidizer (N2O4 or NTO, nitrogen tetroxide) to SM tank BO2 will begin tomorrow morning at ~12:56 AM GMT.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #110 on: 11/10/2011 03:51 PM »
'Preparing Matcha (powdered green tea) in space' was performed in Kibo

http://kibo.jaxa.jp/en/experiment/news/110930_spacematcha.html

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #111 on: 11/10/2011 08:04 PM »

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 10/11/2011.

RS Propellant Transfer:
Last night's transfer of oxidizer (N2O4 or NTO, nitrogen tetroxide) from Progress M-13M/45P to SM tank BO2 was terminated this morning at ~8:38 AM GMT. This concluded the propellant unloading of 45P.

High Solar Beta Angle:
The solar Beta angle is currently at about -66 degrees. It peaks at -69 deg on 11/12. During this time, external hardware on the starboard side of the ISS is experiencing extremely high temperatures while the hardware on the port, zenith and nadir sides can see cold extremes. Steps have been taken to protect the involved systems.

Soyuz TMA-22/28S Launch Preparations:
At the Baikonur/Kazakhstan launch site preparations continue for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft with the Expedition 30 crew to the ISS. In the LV Integration & Checkout Facility, the basic integration of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle with the upper composite has been completed.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #113 on: 11/11/2011 06:47 PM »
Expedition 29-30 - Soyuz TMA-22 Rocket Rollout to the Launch Pad in Baikonur Kazakhstan
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7199

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #114 on: 11/11/2011 07:39 PM »

Roskosmos has cancelled the traditional Soyuz crew preflight press conference:
http://www.rg.ru/2011/11/11/kosmos-site-anons.html
http://www.newsru.com/russia/11nov2011/lomka.html

New photo of an old cosmonaut pre-launch tradition [I don't recognize the crew]:
http://image.newsru.com/pict/id/large/1424224_20111111131623.gif

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #115 on: 11/11/2011 09:15 PM »

Roskosmos has cancelled the traditional Soyuz crew preflight press conference:

Jim...was a reason given?
Thanks.
« Last Edit: 11/11/2011 09:17 PM by TJL »

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #116 on: 11/12/2011 11:35 AM »
New photo of an old cosmonaut pre-launch tradition [I don't recognize the crew]:
http://image.newsru.com/pict/id/large/1424224_20111111131623.gif

This is Soyuz TM-3.
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Kosmonavtika : The French site on Russian Space

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #117 on: 11/12/2011 02:18 PM »
New photo of an old cosmonaut pre-launch tradition [I don't recognize the crew]:
http://image.newsru.com/pict/id/large/1424224_20111111131623.gif

This is Soyuz TM-3.

Are you sure? Because there were three crewmembers on Soyuz TM-3.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 13/11/2011.

Phobos-Grunt Visibility:
The ISS crew was notified of viewing/photographing opportunities for the stranded Phobos-Grunt Mars probe from the DC-1 VL-1 and MRM-2 windows as it crossed the ISS trajectory this morning at 4:06:16 AM GMT and 4:52 AM GMT.
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