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Russian cosmonaut Elena Serova, Expedition 41/42 flight engineer, is pictured during a familiarization training session in an International Space Station mock-up/trainer in the Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility at NASA's Johnson Space Center. - credit: NASA
« Last Edit: 11/12/2014 04:54 PM by Space Pete »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #1 on: 02/07/2014 04:57 PM »
Expedition 41/42 - Russian Female Cosmonaut Prepares for Launch to Station
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8718

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #2 on: 02/07/2014 08:13 PM »
It's about time!!

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #3 on: 02/07/2014 08:25 PM »
It's about time!!

Agreed.

I was writing in the winter games post about the first female astronaut, and was going to say how great it was how Russia treated its female astronauts better than in the Western Hemisphere, but then stopped when I realized that one had not yet visited the ISS.

About time.

In fact, I find there aren't enough women going to the ISS, which needs to be rectified. Obviously it requires more applicants, but that's another battle.
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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #5 on: 04/18/2014 07:45 AM »

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #6 on: 05/19/2014 03:18 PM »

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #8 on: 07/16/2014 11:48 PM »
Expedition 41/42 Crew Introduction

Published on Jul 16, 2014
This is the introduction of the Expedition 41/42 Crew from the Expedition 41/42 Crew News Conference on July 16, 2014. NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore, Soyuz commander Alexander Samokutyaev and cosmonaut Elena Serova will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in September to begin a 5 1/2-month stay aboard the International Space Station.

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #9 on: 08/12/2014 06:01 AM »
For those football fans around the world, this concerns the US version, South East Conference style.  No requests for the EPL yet :)

"Thats right! NASA has made arrangements with ESPN to have the SEC Network available in outer space. Astronaut Barry Wilmore will be on the International Space Station starting on September 25 and assume command in November. "

http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/sec-network-will-be-on-the-international-space-station.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sec-network-will-be-on-the-international-space-station
« Last Edit: 08/12/2014 06:05 AM by Targeteer »
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #10 on: 09/04/2014 06:31 PM »
Expedition 41/ 42 - Qualification Training Simulation Runs at Star City Russia
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9051

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #11 on: 09/05/2014 07:24 PM »
Expedition 41/42 - Crew News Conference at Star City, Russia and Ceremonial Visit to Red Square in Moscow
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9054

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #12 on: 09/05/2014 07:35 PM »
FYI: Ed Van Cise (@Carbon_Flight) is the lead FD for Incr41 and very active on Twitter (and is re-broadcast to his FB page also). There are some great posts today (with pics, including view of SpX-4 trunk/external cargo):

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    1h
WFCR has been updated to new MCC platform and testing underway before ISS sims here later this year. My view: http://ow.ly/i/6N5WK

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    1h
While I wait to take over Inc Lead FD Suite above FCR-1 on Wednesday, using the Suite over the White FCR, old shuttle room

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    2h
Add @lionelferra to your list of Inc 41 controllers. #FF (h/t @AusAndgie7)

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    4h
Yesterday was our first full WPR. We reviewed weeks 1-3.

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    4h
Thursdays every week is our Weekly Plan Review (WPR, pronounced 'Whopper'). We review crew plans for next 3 weeks. pic.twitter.com/a7nJ7xnet6

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    5h
Ill try to give some inside glimpses as we go. Yall let me know whats of interest. MT @Garrettishere: Would love to get more inside view.

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    9h
Increment 41 starts next week. #FF The crew: @Astro_Alex @astro_reid @Msuraev Many flight controllers tweet too. Reply & I'll RT

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    9h
Not junk in the Trunk, it's science! MT: @NASA: #Rapidscat to b robotically assembled. More: http://go.nasa.gov/1qs4PjH    pic.twitter.com/3PpJFadh79

Ed Van Cise @Carbon_Flight    18h
Agency Flight Readiness Rvw for Inc 41 conducted today. Highlight was using "integrate the 2 crew time curves" with @spacegerst #numbernerd
« Last Edit: 09/11/2014 03:27 PM by jacqmans »
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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #13 on: 09/11/2014 06:10 PM »
Copied over from the Exp 40 thread since this is probably the correct location

ISS just recovered both S and Ku comms after what was obviously an extended, unplanned outage.  Russian chatter clobbered the USOS comm discussion about what caused the loss of all comm.  I did hear a discussion before total loss that S band forward link had been lost and that MCC-H was available on SG-3 via Ku but then that obviously was lost as well.

There was mention of the station being in an apparently unusual orientation (V-V-something) and the crew joked about reorienting themselves internally in response so an attitude control issue sounds like a possibility..
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #14 on: 09/11/2014 06:33 PM »
Copied over from the Exp 40 thread since this is probably the correct location

ISS just recovered both S and Ku comms after what was obviously an extended, unplanned outage.  Russian chatter clobbered the USOS comm discussion about what caused the loss of all comm.  I did hear a discussion before total loss that S band forward link had been lost and that MCC-H was available on SG-3 via Ku but then that obviously was lost as well.

There was mention of the station being in an apparently unusual orientation (V-V-something) and the crew joked about reorienting themselves internally in response so an attitude control issue sounds like a possibility..

Thanks.

I have to imagine we'll see more issues with the upcoming solar event tomorrow
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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #15 on: 09/12/2014 06:00 PM »
Expedition 41/42 - Crew Departure from Star City, Russia for Baikonur, Kazakhstan
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9065

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #16 on: 09/17/2014 07:10 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/12/14

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm by HQ.
 

Energy: Wiseman and Gerst continued with Day 10 of the Energy investigation.  Gerst continued taking urine samples and eating a special diet for the Energy investigation. Wiseman also collected urine samples as the control subject. Energy measures change in energy balance in crewmembers following long term space flight. Energy also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers, so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge of energy requirements is of a great importance to ensure health, good performance and the overall success of a mission, and also contributes to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Rope Removed & Replaced (R&R): Today, Gerst R&Rd the ARED exercise rope as part of nominal maintenance. The rope is of a new design with a much longer expected lifespan (618 days vs. 80 days).

Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Remove and Replace (R&R): Wiseman removed a full recycle tank from the Water Recovery System (WRS) Rack 2 and installed an empty replacement. In addition, Wiseman also replaced the Brine Filter during this activity.

SpaceX-4 (SpX-4) Preparations: Gerst and Wiseman performed Dragon Robot 2 On-Board Training (OBT) session. The purpose of this session was to practice off nominal rendezvous scenarios. SpX-4 berthing is scheduled for September 22, 2014.

Commercial Orbital Transport Services (COTS) UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Checkout: In preparation for the upcoming SpX-4 mission, Gerst worked with ground teams in order to activate the CUCU System and performed a Crew Command Panel (CCP) checkout. CUCU provides a command and telemetry communications link between ISS and Dragon during rendezvous operations.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, the Robotics Ground Controllers performed a functional checkout of the Robot Micro Conical Tools (RMCT) and Backup Drive Units (BDU). This was the first of two days for the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) RMCT/BDU Checkouts.  MSS performance was nominal. The checkout activities will continue this evening.

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #17 on: 09/17/2014 07:11 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/15/14

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm by HQ.
 

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Gerst removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, which isolates the rack and allows ground teams to conduct another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Intravehicular Activity (IVA) Clothing:  Suraev began his IVA clothing study. Sufficient cotton clothes for a crew of six adds more than 900 pounds of freight to the ISS. Replacing crew uniforms with non-cotton apparel could reduce weight for cargo launches and trash removal, and provide crewmembers with more comfortable, longer-lasting clothes. The IVA Clothing investigation assessed these different types of clothing for long duration wear.

Treadmill 2 (T2) Six Month and Yearly Maintenance: Wiseman performed a thorough inspection of T2s drive shaft and pulley teeth, motor and lateral belts, treadmill motor carriage bolts, motor belt, treadmill mounting screws, and cleaned the bearing housing. All observations were photo documented and downlinked to the ground for analysis. T2 was subsequently activated and checked out for nominal crew use.

Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter Remove and Replace (R&R):  Wiseman R&Rd the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter. After replacement, a functionality test of the WHC was performed.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) Resize:  Gerst configured EMU 3003 in support of the arrival of FE-3 Wilmore on September 26th.  The EMU resize is required for any upcoming planned or contingency EVAs.

Sound Level Meter Operations: Gerst took routine measurements of the acoustic environment within the  habitable areas of the ISS. The data was then transferred to a Station Support Computer (SSC) for downlink and Ground analysis.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to a NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) deployment cone avoidance position.  This was done to protect the SSRMS from a possible inadvertent NRCSD deployment during the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) operations tomorrow to return the NRCSD to the JEM Airlock. 

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
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ISS Daily Summary Report 09/16/14

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm by HQ.
 

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations:  Gerst removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, isolating the rack and allowing ground teams to conduct another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding. This weeks samples are 100% toluene and a bi-component fuel mixture of 50% heptane and 50% toluene. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels

Rodent Research-1 Preparation:  Wiseman configured and activated the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) in preparation for the Rodents Research-1 experiment arriving on SpaceX-4.  The Rodent Research Hardware provides a platform aboard the ISS for long-duration rodent experiments in space. Such experiments will examine how microgravity affects the animals, providing information relevant to human spaceflight, discoveries in basic biology, and knowledge that will have direct impact toward human health on Earth. Rodent Research-1 is a test of the operational capabilities of the new hardware system, including the Transporter, Rodent Habitat, and Access Unit.

Pro K:   Wiseman unstowed the Pro K diet kit in preparation for use during the 4 day diet logging session.  Pro-K investigates dietary countermeasures to lessen bone loss of astronauts. Pro K proposes that a flight diet with a decreased ratio of animal protein to potassium will lead to decreased loss of bone mineral. Pro K has impacts on the definition of nutritional requirements and development of food systems for future exploration missions, and could yield a method of counteracting bone loss that would have virtually no risk of side effects.

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Operations:  Ground teams utilized the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System(JEMRMS) to return the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) containing the Nanorack Cubesat Deployer #3 (NRCSD #3) to the JEM Airlock slide table.  The slide table was then retracted, bringing the MPEP inside the JEM Airlock. Gerst configured the JEM Airlock and monitored NRCSDs during retrieval activity.

General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER):  Gerst performed desiccant pack swap on GLACIER #1 and #3 in preparation for SpaceX-4 cold stowage utilization.

IVA Clothing:  Suraev continued his IVA clothing study. Sufficient cotton clothes for a crew of six adds more than 900 pounds of freight to the ISS. Replacing crew uniforms with non-cotton apparel could reduce weight for cargo launches and trash removal, and provide crewmembers with more comfortable, longer-lasting clothes. The IVA Clothing investigation assessed these different types of clothing for long duration wear.

SpaceX-4 Dragon Prepack:  Gerst spent several hours gathering and prepacking items for return to earth on the Dragon Spacecraft.  SpaceX-4 Dragon is scheduled to launch on September 20th at 1:14 am CDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Space Launch Complex 40.  Rendezvous and berth to ISS is set to occur on Monday September 22nd.

Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout:  In preparation for the Dragon berthing, Wiseman installed the CBCS System onto the Node 2 Nadir Hatch. Following the installation Wiseman worked with ground teams in order to successfully checkout the system.  The checkout involved routing the video from the camera to the Cupola Robotics Work Station (RWS) monitors and the ground.  Video from the CBCS is used to aid the crew during Visiting Vehicle mating operations.

US Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tether Inspection:  Wiseman inspected all Retractable Equipment Tethers (RET) and Cam Buckles on required tools for US EVA 27 and 28.  All observations were photo documented and downlinked to the ground for analysis. The pair of US EVAs are scheduled to occur on October 7th and 15th.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Loss of Communication:  Today, during a process cycle, the UPA experienced a loss of communication with the Hub Control Zone (HCZ) multiplexer/demultiplexer (MDM) and subsequently shutdown. Flight Controllers successfully restarted UPA and commanded it to standby mode.  The Crew was given permission to use UPA as necessary overnight. The loss off communication signature has been seen in the past. Ground teams are monitoring the system and expecting to initiate a process cycle overnight.

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Re: Expedition 41 thread (September 11 - November 24, 2014)
« Reply #19 on: 09/17/2014 06:10 PM »
Expedition 41 - In-Flight Event for ESA from Berlin with Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency - September 17
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9070

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