Author Topic: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)  (Read 59495 times)

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (2011)
« Reply #1 on: 10/10/2010 05:30 PM »
Is there a reason for the boat ?

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (2011)
« Reply #2 on: 10/10/2010 05:51 PM »
I think they throw those in sometime to signify the fact that it is an expedition. But I could be completely wrong.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (2011)
« Reply #3 on: 10/10/2010 06:09 PM »
I think this is the first time that on a patch, a Japanese astronaut's name is written in Japanese characters.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (2011)
« Reply #4 on: 10/10/2010 07:49 PM »
No, always a Japanese astronaut's name is written in Japanise characters, see Koichi Wakata's Exp 18 & 20 patches and Soichi Noguchi's Exp 22 patch ! 
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 8 - November 16, 2011)
« Reply #5 on: 08/16/2011 05:42 PM »
Bumped...

Expedition 29 will start on Sep.8 with the Soyuz TMA-21 undocking



From left to right: Furukawa, Fossum & Volkov (Soyuz TMA-02M) - Ivanishin, Burbank & Shkaplerov (Soyuz TMA-22)

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 17, 2011)
« Reply #7 on: 09/02/2011 05:44 PM »
I was told Soyuz TMA-02M landing is now planning on November 17th.

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Re: Expedition 30 thread (November 16, 2011 - March 16, 2012)
« Reply #8 on: 09/13/2011 02:43 PM »
Interfax 13:25 gmt Sept 13 said Roskosmos had endorsed the following schedule:

Progress        Oct 30
Soyuz           Nov 12
Soyuz           Dec 20
Progress        Jan 26

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Re: Expedition 30 thread (November 16, 2011 - March 16, 2012)
« Reply #9 on: 09/13/2011 02:54 PM »
Interfax 13:25 gmt Sept 13 said Roskosmos had endorsed the following schedule:

Progress        Oct 30
Soyuz           Nov 12
Soyuz           Dec 20
Progress        Jan 26

Now we wait to see what NASA thinks about the results of the Russian "investigation" and corrective actions...
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Expedtion 29 is now underway.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #11 on: 09/16/2011 09:54 AM »
According to http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/home/flightdata/calendar.html, Soyuz TMA-02M landing is planned at 02:43 UTC on November 22nd.

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #12 on: 09/16/2011 07:45 PM »
So Expedition 29 will only be 8 days with a 6 person crew....that is a first right ?
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #13 on: 09/16/2011 08:57 PM »
Exactly about 5 days from 16th (docking) to 21st (undocking) November ! Very short term...first 
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #15 on: 09/16/2011 11:11 PM »
So Expedition 29 will only be 8 days with a 6 person crew....that is a first right ?


At this point it is more of a downsizing, with a three person crew and a direct handover as was done for Expeditions 1-19.
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 19/09/2011.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
Starting tonight at 9:30 PM GMT (crew sleeptime) and running trough 6:00 AM GMT tomorrow morning, the first Marangoni experiment will be running in the Kibo JPM (JEM Pressurized Module). Subsequent sessions will be conducted through late November 2011. The experiment is performed 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 will impose a temperature gradient on it to produce Marangoni convection. The crew, which will be 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.

FGB Refueling:
Starting at ~1:30 AM GMT, propellants will be transferred by ground command from the Progress M-10M/42P tanks via the DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) to the FGB (Functional Cargo Block) long high-pressure fuel and oxidizer tanks (BVDG for the UDMH fuel, & BVDO for the NTO oxidizer).
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #17 on: 09/20/2011 11:16 AM »
ISS traversing the southern sky over Ceduna, South Australia, 17 Sep 2011 at 1905 .  It crossed from west to east (right to left) passing just below eCentauri and in between Mimosa (Southern Cross) and Hadar (the 'Pointers').

Very bright (mag-3). 

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ISO 400 55m f/8 30 seconds

Thanks to Heavens Above for prediction and Stellarium for star charts
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Don't know whether this actually involves any movement from Dextre.


From NASA GSFC SSCO via Facebook:

"Brrr, it's a rainy day in Maryland—the perfect time for the RRM Ops team to bunker down in the Goddard robotics lab and practice the next RRM on-orbit tasks! They're joined by the team members from Johnson Space Center who actually "fly" the International Space Station's Dextre robot on orbit."
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Cool video: Aurora Australis

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #21 on: 09/21/2011 08:56 PM »
Cool video: Aurora Australis


Thanks for posting that.. that is absolutely VERY cool... :)
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 21/09/2011.

In the SM (Service Module), FE-4 Sergei Volkov performed a 4 hour IFM (Inflight Maintenance) on the EPS (Electrical Power System), removing & replacing the BUPT-1M current control unit (box A401) of the 800A battery #1. The old part was prepared for disposal on Progress M-10M/42P. [The battery's ZRU charge/discharge unit #1 was deactivated by TsUP/Moscow beforehand and reactivated later. Each of the eight 800A 28 Volt batteries in the SM (the FGB has six) has its own ZRU charge/discharge unit, which tracks 49 battery parameters and is designed to increase the operating life of the battery by setting up charging & discharging modes. Each ZRU is comprised of one battery current converter (PTAB), one PTAB current control unit (BUPT-1M), and three charge/discharge current integrators (MIRT-3). Before connecting the new BUPT, TsUP turned off the BITS2-12 onboard telemetry measurement system and VD-SU control mode.]

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 3rd 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 will be 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.

FGB Refueling:
The propellant transfer from the Progress M-10M/42P tanks via the DC-1 (Docking Compartment-1) to the FGB (Functional Cargo Block) long high-pressure fuel and oxidizer tanks (BVDG for the UDMH fuel, & BVDO for the NTO oxidizer) on 09/20 was successfully performed, transferring 170 kg of fuel & 102 kg of oxidizer.
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Some more cool ISS videos:

ISS pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay


Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #24 on: 09/21/2011 09:32 PM »
Cool video: Aurora Australis


Thanks for posting that.. that is absolutely VERY cool... :)

Agreed!  It was shown on today's main UK BBC midday news broadcast (maybe other bulletins as well).
« Last Edit: 09/21/2011 09:33 PM by AnalogMan »

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 22/09/2011.

MDM Issue:
Yesterday during MSRR (Material Science Research Rack) activation, the primary PL MDM-1 (Payload | Multiplexer/Demultiplexer-1) computer unexpectedly failed, switching to Diagnostic State. The ground configured PL MDM-2 as primary PL MDM [essentially by renaming iAPS (improved Automated Payload Switch) files], and MDM-2 is currently successfully supporting payload ops. Preliminary analysis indicates that the computer failure was caused by a task overrun which occurred when the MSRR was added as a 7th LRT (Low Rate Telemetry) user. PL MDM-1 has meanwhile been checked out OK and is being used as backup for PL MDM-2.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 23/09/2011.

After yesterday's emptying of the WSTA (Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly) into an EDV-U container to reduce TOX2 (Toxicity Class 2) risk, CDR Mike Fossum today tackled the major IFM (Inflight Maintenance) of removing & replacing the failed FCPA (Fluids Control & Pump Assembly) in WRS (Water Recovery System) rack 2 in Node 3 (location Deck 4). The work was broken out in rotating the rack down to gain access (~25 min), removing the failed FCPA and replacing it with the spare (~40 min each), and closing out the worksite (~45 min.) [The R&R (Removal & Replacement) required careful demating & remating of 6 electrical connectors and numerous fluid QDs (Quick Disconnects), plus affixing connector caps on the failed unit. Since the FCPA contains TOX2 fluid (pretreated urine, sulfuric acid H2SO4 & chromic acid CrO3), Mike had to wear proper PPE (Personnel Protective Equipment), i.e., safety goggles, dust mask and nitrile gloves.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #27 on: 09/24/2011 08:33 AM »
Report #JE11-052

SOUTH TEXAS STUDENTS TO CALL SPACE STATION

WASHINGTON -- Students in Edinburgh, Texas, will make a special call to the International Space Station and Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum on Tuesday, September 27.

The event, which includes a video link with Fossum, will be broadcast live on NASA Television at 10:10 a.m. CDT. One thousand middle school students are expected to participate, including fifth through eighth grade students from Fossum Middle School in McAllen, Texas, which was named after the astronaut. Fossum is originally from McAllen.

The event, hosted by the University of Texas-Pan American, is part of the Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week, a program designed to encourage South Texas students, many of whom are Hispanic, to study science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Journalists are invited to attend.
The in-flight education downlink is part of a series with educational organizations in the United States and abroad to improve teaching and learning in STEM subjects. It is an integral component of Teaching From Space, an agency 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.

The exact time of the downlink could change. For the latest NASA TV schedule, 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, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station   


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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 24/09/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum reconfigured the WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) from feeding the internal EDV-U container to supplying the UPA (Urine Processor Assembly) directly for processing. [After yesterday's R&R (Removal & Replacement) of the failed FCPA (Fluids Control & Pump Assembly), the ground was not able to reactivate the UPA, and it remains in shutdown over the weekend. The current thinking is that the problem is due to an override issue rather than a connection or other hardware issue. Usually when the UPA is deactivated, the WHC is configured to use an internal EDV. However, to conserve EDVs, Mike today temporarily integrated the WHC with the UPA.]
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Now this is very interesting - I hope it's not another Soyuz quality issue... ::)

From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 25/09/2011.

FE-4 Sergei Volkov had 4 hours set aside for an extensive job on the Soyuz TMA-02M/27S, first moving the air duct in the SA (Descent Module) out of the way, then performing a meticulous inspection and documentary photography of the screws used on the SA's structural ring near the two SOTR/TCS (Thermal Control System) fluid connectors (two M6 screws), possibly left inadvertently behind on each connector, which were supposed to be removed before the launch. The presence of these screws may cause off-nominal separation of the SA & BO (Orbital Module). [After the recent (09/16) landing of Soyuz TMA-21/26S, temporary screws were discovered on the SA structural ring near the SOTR fluid connectors which did not belong there. This can be explained by the change in vehicle processing procedure after the vehicle was damaged last year while in transit to Baikonur, with some work then performed not at the plant but at Baikonur. To be safe, it was decided to conduct a thorough inspection of temporary fasteners on all spacecraft, including the current 27S vehicle, to ensure safe conditions for a nominal landing.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #30 on: 09/25/2011 11:17 PM »
Now this is very interesting - I hope it's not another Soyuz quality issue... ::)

Seems that way though...yikes.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #31 on: 09/26/2011 01:41 PM »
Seems that way though...yikes.

Interfax just moved a report based on the NASA site: "Soyuz Spaceships to Be Checked For Temporary Fasteners - NASA"

Seems like a prudent step based on a discovered Soyuz launch prep foul-up at Baykonur.
 
It could have led to improper separation of the Descent Module from the Orbital Module. At the same landing phase,  pyro failures twice messed up DM separation from the Service Module not long ago, leading to nose-first entry and then a ballistic entry [and MIGHT have led to much, MUCH worse]. This time, the module separation (DM and OM)  may not have been as serious, had it occurred, because aero forces would have torn them loose soon enough -- maybe?
 
If THESE temporary screws were left installed, what OTHER screws might there have been that ALSO should have been removed -- but may not have been? If there are any, they might not be inspectable from inside the current Soyuz.
 
Bottom line. Yet ANOTHER "human error" during launch prep at Baykonur, that threatened malfunction of the most recently landed Soyuz vehicle [with Garan aboard]. It SEEMS like a one-time oversight based on unique processing changes required by the Soyuz vehicle damage in transit -- but then, OTHER anomalies could similarly lead to OTHER kinds of procedurel errors, might they not?

Why do they keep slipping through?

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #32 on: 09/26/2011 01:54 PM »
Seems that way though...yikes.

Interfax just moved a report based on the NASA site: "Soyuz Spaceships to Be Checked For Temporary Fasteners - NASA"

Seems like a prudent step based on a discovered Soyuz launch prep foul-up at Baykonur.
 
It could have led to improper separation of the Descent Module from the Orbital Module. At the same landing phase,  pyro failures twice messed up DM separation from the Service Module not long ago, leading to nose-first entry and then a ballistic entry [and MIGHT have led to much, MUCH worse]. This time, the module separation (DM and OM)  may not have been as serious, had it occurred, because aero forces would have torn them loose soon enough -- maybe?
 
If THESE temporary screws were left installed, what OTHER screws might there have been that ALSO should have been removed -- but may not have been? If there are any, they might not be inspectable from inside the current Soyuz.
 
Bottom line. Yet ANOTHER "human error" during launch prep at Baykonur, that threatened malfunction of the most recently landed Soyuz vehicle [with Garan aboard]. It SEEMS like a one-time oversight based on unique processing changes required by the Soyuz vehicle damage in transit -- but then, OTHER anomalies could similarly lead to OTHER kinds of procedurel errors, might they not?

Why do they keep slipping through?

Because we ARE human?  ;)

I would not want to lay blame on the Russians on any perceived actions, but knowing some of NASA history leads me to believe that pressure to keep pushing things out and doing the 'status quo' leaves one complacent. Lessons learned here are that (hopefully) going forward: procedures are put in place to verify critical steps. In this case, it could be as simple as coloured fasteners put in a plastic box where the fasteners that come off have to be accounted for visually.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 26/09/2011.

Soyuz 27S Inspection Update:
FE-4 Sergei Volkov's inspection yesterday of the Soyuz TMA-02M/27S SA (Descent Module) structural ring showed that the structure appeared nominal, without the two temporary screws which had been discovered on Soyuz TMA-21/26S after the landing, instead of having been removed before launch.
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From Dextre via Twitter:

I had a great day today. I felt a little tingle as the team powered me up on my prime power channel for a power load test...tomorrow I'll power up on my redundant power channel for another test. The tests aren't to test my systems, but to instead test the load on the ISS batteries and power equipment.

As you see, I have two power channels. This ensures that even if one fails, I can keep moving to get the job done or safely parked. Although my strings are called "prime" and "redundant", its not like I'm always using the prime string and only using the redundant one when something goes wrong. In fact, the naming was completely arbitrary, and on any given day I use whichever string the power guys prefer in order to balance the loading on the ISS power channels. Hope you enjoyed your MSS robotics lesson for the day!
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Expedition 29 Crew Profile



Expedition 29/30 Mission Overview
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 27/09/2011.

SAW Power Testing:
Yesterday, MCC-H initiated a two-day SAW (Solar Array Wing) maximum power output test, to improve the fidelity of maximum power output calculations. [Channels 3B, 4B, 1A, and 2A were tested yesterday, with the performance test intentionally scheduled during the autumnal equinox, with a test data collection of +/- 5 minutes from orbital noon. Robotics ground controllers powered the SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System), MBS (Mobile Base System), SPDM (Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator) and MT (Mobile Transporter) equipment on the 4B power channel in support of the battery testing. Upon completion of the test, the system was returned to its keep-alive power configuration. System performance was nominal. Today, channels 4A, 1B, 3A, and 2B are being tested, with Robotics loads turned on again.]

Conjunction Alert:
Flight controllers are tracking a conjunction with Object 29394, Japanese H-2A Rocket Body, a repeating conjunction with TCA (Time of Closest Approach) on 09/29 (Thursday) at 8:55 AM GMT. The other close approaches, currently outside the notification box, are 1-rev earlier and 1-rev later. This particular conjunction has very favorable miss distance geometry and is not thought at this time to pose a high risk. However, due to the relatively small miss distances and its repeating nature, the conjunction is classified as of Medium concern at this time. The major decision points will occur tonight and tomorrow morning. If required, a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) would be conducted on 09/29 at about 6:37 AM GMT (est.)
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 28/09/2011.

Conjunction Alert:
Flight controllers are tracking a new conjunction, with Object 23335 (S/L-4 Rocket Body), a repeating conjunction with two TCAs (Times of Closest Approach) tomorrow, 09/29 (Thursday), at 7:02 PM and 8:34 PM GMT (which are still moving around). Although the miss distances have moved out on some of the revs, one or more of them still could pose a risk to ISS. The current geomagnetic storm (which affects atmospheric density) is starting to subside, so it is hoped that the data will begin to stabilize prior to hitting the DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) planning milestones. The decision timeline for preparing maneuver data (the cyclogram) will be this afternoon at 7:32 PM GMT, for a DAM on 09/29 at 4:44 PM GMT (est.).
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"Word on the street" is that a DAM will be performed, which will be combined with the October 5th ISS reboost.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #39 on: 09/29/2011 09:09 AM »
The reboost will be performed today at 16:45 UTC by Zvezda module engines (dV = 2.7 m/s, dT = 169 s, dH = 4.7 km).

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #40 on: 09/29/2011 05:44 PM »
The reboost is successfully performed.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 29/09/2011.

In the JAXA JPM, FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa continued the activation & checkout (commissioning) of the MSPR (Multipurpose Small Payload Rack). [Satoshi first powered up MSPR components, i.e., the VRU (Video Recording Unit)/Hub, MPC (Multi Protocol Converter) & MSPR laptop and ran a virus check on the USB memory stick from SSC-15 (Station Support Computer-15), then checked out the USB communication line in MSPR.  Afterwards, the rack components were turned off.]

Conjunction Avoidance-cum-Reboost Update:
Since today's 7:02 PM GMT conjunction with Object 23335 (S/L-4 Rocket Body) remained in the Red zone early this morning, US and Russian flight controllers agreed to perform the DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) discussed earlier, in the process also replacing the reboost originally planned at 10/05, since the same targeting for downstream constraints (Progress M-13M/45P phasing) had to be used as for the 10/05 maneuver.  The maneuver was conducted at 4:44 PM GMT with the SM (Service Module) KD engines for a delta-V of 2.53 m/s, 169 sec duration and 4.6 km altitude increase, and was nominal. It also took care of another upcoming conjunction, with Object 30188 (Fengyun 1C Debris), on 10/02

ACT Test:
An ACT (American Contingency Telemetry) test by MCC-Houston and TsUP-Moscow is scheduled for tonight, with commanding to and telemetry from ISS through Russian assets. On DO3 (Daily Orbit 3, 12:45 AM-1:09 AM GMT) and DO4 (2:21 AM-2:45 AM GMT), command radio link & telemetry systems will be configured for real-time command uplink & receipt of ACT via RGSs (Russian Ground Sites), assuming no S-band command capability. For the tests, US PPCP (Pre Planned Command Package) and US real-time commanding from MCC-H will be uplinked via RGS via TsUP and RGS.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #42 on: 09/30/2011 01:02 PM »
Did they record the SM engines firing on camera, or do they turn the cameras away from them for plume avoidance? 

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 03/10/2011.

After last Saturday's (10/01) review and teleconference with "PLUTO" team specialists, FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa had ~2h15m set aside for working in Node 2 to remove & replace the ISL (Integrated Station LAN) network Router. [After preparing worksite and equipment, Satoshi's activities in Node 2 involved the physical replacement of the ISL Router with the new unit, then relocating two wireless laptops (SSC-9 & SSC-11) to Node 2 and connecting them, after which ground controllers used them to configure the new ISL Router. Satoshi then disconnected the two SSC laptops for return to their nominal locations.]
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 04/10/2011.

Node-2 ISL Router Update:
FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa's replacement of the ISL (Integrated Station LAN) network Router in Node 2 yesterday was successful. The Router, in location Overhead 4, is connected to a large number of Ethernet cables and a power cable. To simplify the transfer of cable connections, the failed ISL Router was raised above the new ISL Router, and Satoshi did one-for one-cable swaps between the two units. Afterwards MCC-H reconfigured the Router via SSCs (Station Support Computer) laptops #9 & #11 and the ISL Interface panel. ISS LAN (Local Area Network) and CSL (Crew Support LAN) networks are back to normal onboard ISS.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 05/10/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum had about 90 min reserved for installing an IMV (Inter Module Ventilation) return jumper between Node 1 (location Deck 1) and the attached PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module) "Leonardo", intended to facilitate IMV flow when hatches are closed. FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa assisted with the actual installation of the air duct. [Steps included removing the Node 1 Deck Fwd Outboard IMV cap, equalizing & removing the Node 1 Inboard IMV cap, reinstalling Node 1 closeout panels, installing the IMV jumper/duct, and closing out the worksite.]

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 10th 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 will be 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.

Conjunction Alert:
Flight controllers continue to monitor the conjunction with Object #30002, debris from the Chinese satellite Fengyun 1C, currently classified as of low concern due to several tracking updates. TCA (Time of Closest Approach) will be tomorrow (10/06) at 2:04 PM GMT. A DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver), which would have to be conducted at ~11:46 AM GMT, is considered not necessary at this time.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 06/10/2011.

Conjunction Update:
The conjunction with Object #30002, debris from the Chinese satellite Fengyun 1C, is gone without requiring a DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver). TCA (Time of Closest Approach) was today at 2:04 PM GMT, well within the Green zone.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 07/10/2011.

Soyuz 26S Update:
According to RSC Energia/Moscow specialists, the recent Soyuz TMA-21/26S descent communication issue is believed to have been due to a poor quality link between ISS and Soyuz or blockage. This issue is considered closed.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #48 on: 10/10/2011 04:13 PM »
Two reboosts of ISS orbit's are planned in October:
October 19, 16:08 UTC, dV = 1.6 m/s, dT = 100 s, dH = 2.8 km
October 26, 12:44 UTC, dV = 2.1 m/s, dT = 133 s, dH = 3.7 km

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

CDR Mike Fossum had several hours set aside to install the ARFTA (Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) at the UPA WRS (Urine Processor Assembly | Water Recovery System). [Steps included emptying the WSTA (Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly) into an EDV-U to allow for room in the WSTA for DA (Distillation Assembly) dry-out and breaking out the RFTA (Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) modification kit for the procedure. Afterwards, the RFTA mod kit was restowed.]

COL Ventilation Test:
Today, COL-CC (Columbus Orbital Laboratory-Control Center) performed a set of COL air loop tests to assess CFA-1 (Cabin Fan Assembly-1) stability and to test two three-fan configurations for ISS Decrewing. The test ran from 8:15 AM to 4:35 PM GMT. During the tests, the crew was to minimize their presence in COL to mitigate impacting the test results.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 11th 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 11/10/2011.

In the JAXA JPM (JEM Pressurized Module), FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa performed troubleshooting on the failed GHF (Gradient Heating Furnace) on the Kobairo Rack, opening its MP (Material Processing) front panel and taking close-up video with the G1 camcorder for ground inspection. Afterwards, Satoshi opened the GHF SCAM (Sample Cartridge Automatic exchange Mechanism) front door and took photos of the GHF cartridge for inspection. [An anomalous overcurrent event of the GHF Central Heater occurred on 04/12/11 & 04/20/11. Suspected cause of the short circuit is inadvertent contact between a lock wire and a heater flange. Troubleshooting will involve inspection of the end heater unit and cartridge, checking the lock wire position of the new Central Heater and fix it if needed, and attaching heaters and servicing GHF-MP in order to resume the GHF experiment.]

RS Oxidizer Transfer:
Russian ground controllers performed oxidizer (NTO/nitrogen tetroxide) transfer from the FGB (Functional Cargo Block) TBO1-4 oxidizer tankage to the SM (Service Module) "Zvezda" to refill "Zvezda's" BO1 ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) oxidizer tank 1.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 12/10/2011.

RS Propellant Transfer Update:
Propellant transfer from FGB (Functional Cargo Block) to SM (Service Module) is underway this week in preparation for the reboost on 10/19. Yesterday, 128 kg of oxidizer was transferred from FGB tanks to SM tanks. Fuel transfer started today.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 13/10/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum & FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa joined forces to conduct the 2nd onboard tests of Robonaut (after the first tests had to be aborted on 09/01). Robonaut was put in motion for the first time on-orbit. After performing a coordinated power-up with the ground, the crew maneuvered each arm joint to determine the differences of the micro-gravity environment by setting control gains through repetitive motions. They also performed an initial vision checkout of the high-def cameras to verify they are working and in focus. The ground then commanded Robonaut to move to the stow-position while you monitor the motion. [After configuring the Node 2 camcorder to capture activities, the crewmembers assembled the Robonaut hardware on its seat track in the Lab (location Port 2), connected cables and powered on Robonaut in conjunction with ground commanding from POIC (Payload Operations Integration Center). Mike then had about ~2 hrs for powered operations, to check out two sensors (JR3 & Joint Torque), the Motion Stop button, both arms (with adjustment damping) and Robonaut vision via its left & right camera. This required activation of Robonaut's GUI (Graphic User Interface) and telnet windows. (This had run into a snag on 09/01, preventing completion of the program within the allotted "thermal clock" time of ~2.2 hrs, to limit touch temperature). Afterwards, ground controllers ran runs scripts to bring Robonaut to the Stow Pose and closed the software applications prior to disassembly. Mike & Satoshi then decabled Robonaut and restowed the disassembled hardware in an M-03 bag at its stowage location.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #53 on: 10/13/2011 07:31 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 13/10/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum & FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa joined forces to conduct the 2nd onboard tests of Robonaut (after the first tests had to be aborted on 09/01). Robonaut was put in motion for the first time on-orbit. After performing a coordinated power-up with the ground, the crew maneuvered each arm joint to determine the differences of the micro-gravity environment by setting control gains through repetitive motions. They also performed an initial vision checkout of the high-def cameras to verify they are working and in focus.

That's interesting; how would that translate to image stabilization of optics on COTS (off the shelf) cameras, like the Nikons they bring up? Could they be, or would they benefit from being, adapted to improve their response without having to worry about the gravity component? Food for thought.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #54 on: 10/14/2011 02:26 PM »
ISS Update at 11am EDT on NASA TV http://nasa.gov/ntv to include video from Robonaut 2 checkouts

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #55 on: 10/14/2011 05:30 PM »
Specified information from MCC-M about reboost of ISS orbit's on October 19: 16:06 UTC, dV = 1.7 m/s, dT = 106 s, dH = 2.8 km.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 14/10/2011.

After midday meal, after a review of procedures, CDR Mike Fossum spent several hours in the JPM (Japanese Pressurised Module), building cabling for JAXA's ICS (Inter-orbit Communication System) with the G1 video camcorder set up for monitoring. [The ICS-PM (ICS-Pressurised Module) experienced a short on 07/31, tripping the RPC-5 (Remote Power Controller-5) of the JPM PDU a1 (Power Distribution Unit a1), which feeds power to the ICS rack. Part 1 of the troubleshooting, on 08/10, determined that the ICS system itself is the source of the issue and not the rack. Subsequently, Part 2, on 08/12, was to locate the shorted circuit in the power feed path from PDU a1 to the JPM ICS Rack, using the Multimeter instrument to check continuity (measuring resistances) in order to find short circuits in the cable. ICS-PM has been shut down due to possible short circuit inside the IP-PCDU (ICS-PM Power Control & Distribution Unit) and MUX (Data Multiplexer). The new cabling is intended to eliminate the short circuit.]
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ISS Update at 11am EDT on NASA TV http://nasa.gov/ntv to include video from Robonaut 2 checkouts

Video now available here:

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=115928401
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 17/10/2011.

After powering down PCS (Portable Computer System) laptops in the Lab & Node 2 as well as equipment attached to UOPs (Utility Outlet Panels)-2 & -7 in Lab & UOP-1 in Node 2, CDR Mike Fossum gathered the necessary gear and began Part 1 of the lengthy IFM (Inflight Maintenance) of removing & replacing the failed RPCM (Remote Power Control Module) A4A in the Lab (to be continued tomorrow). The deactivated equipment attached to UOPs -2, -7 & -1 were then powered up again, later also the PCS laptops. [A few weeks ago RPCM A4A_C in the Lab had an RPC (Remote Power Controller) failure. The RPC provides redundant power to ER-2 (ExPrESS Rack-2) which powers the Ku-Band Receiver. RPCM A4A_C is one of several RPCMs on a power bus located at the back of the DDCU-1 (DC/DC Converter Unit-1) at LAB1P3 (Lab Port 3). Accessing the RPCM required removing the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation System) exercise machine and rotating DDCU-1 at LAB1P3 for the duration of the activity.]
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Peter Frampton and band speak to the ISS. Frampton seems informed, as he "hopes for a destination".

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=116371601

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #60 on: 10/18/2011 04:24 PM »
More specified information from MCC-M about reboost of ISS orbit's on October 19: 16:15 UTC, dV = 1.8 m/s, dT = 113 s, dH = 3.1 km.

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On the Move: Robonaut 2 Makes First Motions on International Space Station
 
There’s a humanoid robot moving aboard the International Space Station. Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum successfully put Robonaut 2 through its first paces involving motion on Oct. 13.

The milestone checkout had Robonaut 2 move its arm joints for the first time in microgravity. Until now, Robonaut tasks have been confined to 1G operations here on Earth, but this checkout provided the necessary insight into developing microgravity-based tasks to assist station crews. Robonaut’s motions are controlled by a set of software parameters which have to be adjusted for the differences between operating on Earth and in space. Essentially, the robot has to learn how to operate in its new weightless environment.

"Robonaut performed a series of motions that allowed it to stretch out and adaptively learn the differences between its current weightless environment and on the ground, where all its testing was performed," said Nic Radford, Robonaut deputy project manager. "This successful completion now sets the stage for Robonaut to start proving out its utility for the crew."

Initiating motion in the robot required much interaction between personnel on the ground and the crew on station. Commands were initiated both from the ground and aboard the station to put the robot into motion. Fossum commanded the robot aboard the station, but in the end, the ground controllers initiated a script that put Robonaut into its stowage configuration.

Robonaut 2’s arms now have been put into motion aboard the station, but its hands have yet to be tested. That checkout is planned for next month. Since the robot can impart forces on its environment when it grasps objects, sensor systems that measure these forces in the hand first need to be checked out.

In its current configuration, Robonaut 2 has a head, torso, arms and super-dexterous hands, but it does not have legs or feet. Instead, it is attached using a stanchion to hold it in place. It is about 3 feet, 4 inches (1.01 meters) tall and weighs about 330 pounds (150 kilograms).

Robonaut 2 is the first humanoid robot ever to fly in space. It was built by NASA as part of a joint project with General Motors. The goal is to build a robot helper suitable to assist humans in complex tasks, be they in space or on Earth.


http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/robonaut_feature_firstmotions.html
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 18/10/2011.

In the US Lab, with the "upstream" DDCU (DC/DC Converter Unit) B powered down yesterday for safing, CDR Mike Fossum today Removed & Replaced (R&Rd) the failed RPCM (Remote Power Control Module) LA1B-H. [The ~3hr IFM (Inflight Maintenance) required safing steps, rotating the MELFI-3 (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS-3) rack at Lab Starboard 1 down for access after demating its umbilicals, removing the shear panel in front of SPDA (Secondary Power Distribution Assembly) at LA1B, then removing the failed RPCM and replacing it with a new spare. The following close-out operation reversed the activities. The temporarily deactivated Lab UOP-6 (Utility Outlet Panel-6) will be powered up before sleeptime. The successful R&R recovers the Lab smoke detector (LABPD1). Ground teams are currently in the process of recovering the powered down LA1B loads.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #63 on: 10/19/2011 04:59 PM »
Reboost of ISS orbit was successfully performed today.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 19/10/2011.

Reboost Update:
The planned one-burn reboost of the ISS was performed nominally at 4:15 PM GMT, using the two KD engines of the SM's (Service Module's) ODU (Integrated Propulsion System), with a target delta-V of 1.8 m/s (5.9 ft/s).
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 20/10/2011.

FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa spent most of his working day on major troubleshooting of the failed GHF (Gradient Heating Furnace) on the Kobairo Rack in the JAXA JPM (JEM Pressurized Module), necessary to resume the GHF experiment. [Two anomalous overcurrent events of the GHF Central Heater occurred on 04/12/11 & 04/20/11. Suspected cause of the short circuit was inadvertent contact between a lock wire and a heater flange, or an incorrect position of the End Heater with respect to the Central Heater. Satoshi's troubleshooting involved inspection of the End Heater unit and cartridge, checking the lock wire position of the new Central Heater and fix it if needed, attaching heater harnesses and servicing GHF-MPU. Today's work, with documentary HD video-shooting, focused on the lock wire of the GHF Central Heater, reconfiguring the JLP HCTL (JEM Logistics Pressurized Segment | Heater Controller) power jumper (W3002), replacing the Central Heater in the GHF MPU (Material Processing Unit) with a new unit, connecting two thermocouple harnesses to the Central Heater and vacuum-cleaning the GHF End Heater. Afterwards, the GHF MPU access door was closed temporarily (more work is scheduled tomorrow).]

Plaque Hanging:
At 6:30 PM GMT, the traditional official plaque hanging took place in ISS Mission Control/Houston for the Inc-28 Plaque with crew participation.

ISS Reboost Update:
Yesterday’s ISS reboost by the two KD engines of the SM's (Service Module's) ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) was performed on time (4:15 PM GMT) with a burn duration of 1 min 53 sec, yielding a delta-V of 1.86 m/s / 6.1 ft/s (planned: 1.80/5.9). Mean altitude gain: 3.24 km (1.75 nmi). ISS now is at a mean altitude of 388 km (209.5 nmi), with ~400 km (216 nmi) apogee & 376 km (203 nmi) perigee height. Purpose of the reboost was to set up phasing for Progress M-13M/45P launch, Soyuz TMA-22/28S launch, and Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.

Conjunction Alert:
Flight controllers are tracking a new conjunction with Object #27700 (H-2A Rocket Body). TCA (Time of Closest Approach): 10/22 (Saturday), 10:31 PM GMT. The object is in a fairly circular orbit, large and well tracked which should provide stable tracking data throughout this event. If DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) planning is required, the Go/No-Go for firing table (cyclogram) development will be tomorrow (10/21) at 11:01 PM GMT, for an estimated DAM TIG (Time of Ignition) on 10/22 at 8:13 PM GMT.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 21/10/2011.

In the JAXA JPM (JEM Pressurized Module), FE-5 Satoshi Furukawa again spent several hours on the troubleshooting IFM (Inflight Maintenance) of the failed GHF (Gradient Heating Furnace) on the Kobairo Rack, assisted in part by CDR Mike Fossum. [Two anomalous overcurrent events of the GHF Central Heater occurred on 04/12/11 & 04/20/11. Suspected cause of the short circuit was inadvertent contact between a lock wire and a heater flange, or an incorrect position of the End Heater with respect to the Central Heater. Today's work consisted of Satoshi photo documenting the two thermocouple harnesses of the Central Heater, taking measurements of the distance between the GHF End and Central Heaters, and cleaning the MPU (Material Processing Unit) with wet wipes and vacuum cleaner. Afterwards, the GHF MPU access door was shut, the GHF Cartridge cleaned of any contamination and the SCAM (Sample Cartridge Automatic exchange Mechanism) front door closed. Mike Fossum assisted with the USB camera operation and the lighting for the GHF thermocouple harness photography.]
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #67 on: 10/22/2011 03:21 PM »
Talking blood and puzzles on this morning's Weekly Planning Conference! http://www.kevin-cohen.com/nsf/iss/iss_20111022-080000-001.wav

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 22/10/2011.

Conjunction 1 Update:
The conjunction with Object #27700 (H-2A Rocket Body) at 10:31 PM GMT tonight now has a collision probability of Zero, requiring no action. Flight controllers continue to monitor subsequent tracking updates.

Conjunction 2 Alert:
Flight controllers are tracking a second conjunction, with Object #30917 (Fengyun 1C debris). TCA (Time of Closest Approach): Sunday 10/23, 12:26 PM GMT. This event is a Low concern and no action is expected at this time, although flight controllers will continue to assess updates. A DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver), if required, would be scheduled at 10:08 AM tomorrow morning.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 23/10/2011.

Conjunction 2 Update:
The conjunction with Object #30917 (Fengyun 1C debris) at 12:26 PM GMT this morning stayed outside the area of concern and required no action.

CSL SSC Troubleshooting:
After the crew yesterday worked the discretionary task list item of recovering the hard drives of CSL (Crew Support LAN) laptops, ground specialists got varying results on "pinging" SSC-13 (no response), SSC-17 (good response), SSC-21 (good response). Using the new SWRDFSH (Swordfish) software update, SSC-17 (Station Support Computer-17) remained unresponsive while SSC-21 reported good connection (except for the Ultrabay drive transferred from the original failed SSC-20).
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 24/10/2011.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 17th 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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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #71 on: 10/24/2011 11:03 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 24/10/2011.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 17th 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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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #72 on: 10/25/2011 07:43 AM »
Information from MCC-M about reboost of ISS orbit's on October 26: 12:52 UTC, dV = 1.82 m/s, dT = 114 s, dH = 3.2 km.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 25/10/2011.

CDR Mike Fossum had ~4h15m allotted for the major IFM (Inflight Maintenance) of removing the MCA VGA (Major Constituent Analyzer | Verification Gas Assembly) from the AR-1 (Atmosphere Revitalization-1) rack in the US Lab and installing it instead in Node 3 in AR-2. [The MSA (Mass Spectrometer Assembly) and DCA (Data & Control Assembly) have already been removed from the LAB MCA.]

Reboost:
Another one-burn reboost of the ISS will be performed tomorrow morning at 12:52 PM GMT, using the two KD engines of the SM's (Service Module's) ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) for a burn duration of 1m 54s and a planned Delta-V of 1.82 m/s (5.97 ft/s). The purpose of the reboost is to set up phasing for Progress M-13M/45P launch, Soyuz TMA-22/28S launch, and Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 26/10/2011.

JAXA Marangoni Experiment:
The crew was advised of another Marangoni bridge building event tonight (11:00 PM-5:00 AM GMT), the 19th 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.

ISS Reboost Update:
This morning's ISS reboost by the two KD engines of the SM's (Service Module's) ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) was performed on time (12:52 PM GMT) with a burn duration of 1 min 54 sec, yielding a delta-V of 1.90 m/s/6.2 ft/s (planned: 1.82/5.9). Mean altitude gain: 3.20 km (1.73 nmi). ISS was afterwards at a mean altitude of 390.0 km (210.6 nmi), with 404.8 km (218.6 nmi) apogee & 375.2 km (202.6 nmi) perigee height. Attitude control authority handover from US Momentum Management to Russian MCS (Motion Control System) was at 11:15 AM GMT and its return at 1:30 PM GMT. No actual maneuver was required for the reboost which was performed in TEA (Torque Equilibrium Attitude). Purpose of the reboost was to set up phasing for Progress M-13M/45P launch, Soyuz TMA-22/28S launch, and Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
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ZZ Top's Dusty Hill Talks to Expedition 29

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #76 on: 10/27/2011 08:22 AM »
Backup Space Station stream

http://space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7153&Itemid=119

My own free ustream account has ads and the source has a low bitrate

(If this config is stable I will send it to NASA)
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Space Station Reboost: The Inside Story

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #79 on: 10/27/2011 08:31 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?

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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 »
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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
« Last Edit: 10/30/2011 01:48 PM by John44 »

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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 [email protected] 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,
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http://www.nasa.gov/station


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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.....
And this is a good reminder that just because one of your fellow space enthusiasts occasionally voices doubts about the SpaceX schedule announcements or is cautious about believing SpaceX has licked a problem before actually seeing proof that's true, it doesn't mean they hate SpaceX.

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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.

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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
[email protected] or Kylie Clem at [email protected]
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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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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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #122 on: 11/17/2011 05:10 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.

Obviously, the third one is not on the picture. But you can clearly identify Muhammed Faris.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #123 on: 11/17/2011 05:11 PM »
From ISS Status Report of 16th november 2011 :

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When the spacecraft’s BZV quick disconnect screw clamps of the SSVP (Docking & Internal Transfer Mechanism) were closed for rigidizing the joint, TsUP Flight Controllers and Shkaplerov ran a performance test of the MRM2 ASP (Passive Docking Assembly). The test showed that previous repair on the MRM2 hatch by Sergey had been successful. Afterwards, Volkov installed the pressurized cover of the ASP MGK pressurized hatch sealing drive. [Purpose was a remote test of the UK Contact Device on the ASP hatch cover which Sergey had installed and adjusted on 10/10. Since the test showed that Sergey had adjusted UK correctly, the device now enables hook opening with MRM2 & Soyuz hatches plus PEV (Pressure Equalization Valves, KVDs) closed, and Soyuz on standalone power. For testing the repair, the MRM2 ASP hooks were remotely commanded to close, then to be opened from by Anton from the Soyuz 28S InPU panel and again to be closed from the ground. If the test results had been negative (i.e., hooks opening from Soyuz failed), Sergey was to have disconnected the UK device from the onboard cable network and cap the latter’s connector.]

Do we know more about this UK device ?
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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 17/11/2011.

ISS Reboost:
A one-burn reboost of the ISS will be performed tomorrow morning at 4:07 AM GMT using the two KD engines of the SM's ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) for a burn duration of 3m 37s and a planned Delta-V of 3.42 m/s, increasing mean altitude by 5.95 km. The purpose of the reboost is to set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #125 on: 11/18/2011 10:28 AM »
The reboost was successfully performed today.

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 18/11/2011.

At ~8:10 AM GMT, Sergey Volkov & Satoshi Furukawa spent ~2h on a teleconference with ground specialists to discuss the upcoming Soyuz TMA-02M/27S descent procedures and changes to the previous procedures, covering an update test of the RO DK (manual attitude control by digital loop) mode after undocking, and responding to the performance anomaly of DPO-B rendezvous & docking thruster #14 observed during the descent of Soyuz TMA-01M/24S (the first digital spacecraft version). [(1) An update/repeat of the RO DK test is necessitated by the fact that Soyuz 24S (#701) undocked from MRM-2, while 27S (#702, the 2nd digital version of the spacecraft), will be undocking from MRM-1. This requires a 40-deg roll maneuver during the test after initiation of stationkeeping at 50 m.  (2) The off-nominal performance of thruster #14 on 24S during descent on 03/16/11 on orbit 17, a thrust underperformance of 40-60% nominal, had no impact on the nominal descent which uses the SKD main engine. Updates were now introduced in the control system for the event of an SKD failure during the execution of the de-orbit burn.]
Pete's note: Interesting that another post-undock test maneuver will be performed by Soyuz TMA-02M, as happened with Soyuz TMA-01M.

ISS Reboost Update:
This morning's ISS reboost by the two KD engines of the SM's ODU (Integrated Propulsion System) was performed on time (4:07 AM GMT) with a burn duration of 3 min 37 sec, yielding a delta-V of 3.55 m/s (planned: 3.40 m/s, i.e., a slight overburn but still within the tolerance range of +/- 5% of delta-V. The amount of propellant used was 468.6 kg. Mean altitude gain: 6.22 km (planned: 5.95 km). Afterwards, ISS was at a mean altitude of 392.6 km, with 418.8 km apogee & 366.4 km perigee height. Purpose of the reboost was to set up phasing for Soyuz TMA-02M/27S landing.
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The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #129 on: 11/20/2011 10:05 PM »
The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).

Any video from this yet?
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #130 on: 11/21/2011 01:50 PM »
The ISS change of command ceremony between Mike Fossum and Dan Burbank will occur today at 8:45 PM GMT (~3 hours from time of post).

Any video from this yet?


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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #131 on: 11/21/2011 02:44 PM »
I noticed the Expedition 30-31 Press Kit has been released.  The previous one was for Expedition 27-28.  What happened to the Press Kit for Expedition 29?

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I noticed the Expedition 30-31 Press Kit has been released.  The previous one was for Expedition 27-28.  What happened to the Press Kit for Expedition 29?

Press Kit for Expedition 29 was never released.

Probably because there wasn't really much to write about - apart from the scientific program that runs through all increments, Expedition 29 wasn't particularly notable due to only 3 crew, no Shuttle missions, no VVs, no EVAs, etc. Also all the uncertainty about decrewing would've made a Press Kit hard to write. In the end, NASA probably thought it didn't warrant a Press Kit.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #133 on: 11/21/2011 03:35 PM »
Expedition 29 wasn't particularly notable due to only 3 crew, no Shuttle missions, no VVs

One VV : Progress M-13M !  ;)
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #134 on: 11/21/2011 06:52 PM »
Exp 29 hatch closure / pre-undocking coverage is now on live NASA TV. Hatches closed.

edit:
~3 hours from undock, leak checks under way.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #135 on: 11/21/2011 07:35 PM »
No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?

I guess it's Scott, since Mark is retired.

Edit: Confirmed as Scott - no moustache! :D
« Last Edit: 11/21/2011 07:42 PM by Space Pete »
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #137 on: 11/21/2011 07:43 PM »
No audio at work, is that Mark or Scott Kelly on the NASA TV feed?
Not sure whats showing now, live coverage is over for the moment. Undock coverage begins at 5:30 PM EST. (22:30 GMT)

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We'll create a sep live thread for undocking and landing....Pete's article going on shortly to lead it.

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Live coverage here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27343.0

Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft set to return to Earth with three crewmembers - by Pete Harding:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/11/soyuz-tma-02m-spacecraft-earth-three-crewmembers/

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From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 21/11/2011.

Conjunction Advisory:
NASA/MCC-H is tracking a conjunction with Object 31907 (Fengyun 1C satellite debris) with TCA (Time of Closest Approach) tomorrow (11/22) at 7:17 PM GMT, about 20 hours after today's scheduled undocking of Soyuz TMA-02M/27S. The conjunction is currently classified as Low Concern, primarily because this object has not been seen for the last ~15 days.
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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #141 on: 11/28/2011 12:51 AM »
Satoshi Furukawa has been tweeting his MDs perspective on the return to gravity:
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Right after landing, I felt great, but my body was like a jellyfish. My body’s center of gravity was not clear to me. Hard to stand & walk.
More https://twitter.com/Astro_Satoshi

Not sure if this belongs here or in the landing thread, but I thought it was interesting to read a first hand account.

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #142 on: 11/28/2011 05:15 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M11-240

EXPEDITION 29 COMMANDER MIKE FOSSUM AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

HOUSTON -- Just back from his command of the International Space
Station, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum will be available for live
satellite interviews from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. CST on Thursday, Dec.
1.

Fossum completed 167 days in space as a member of the Expedition 28
and 29 crews during his third space flight. Altogether, Fossum has
spent 194 days in space and performed seven spacewalks. He ranks
seventh on the all-time list for cumulative spacewalking time.
Fossum and his crewmates, Expedition 29 Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov
of the Russian Space Agency and Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency, returned to Earth in their Soyuz
TMA-02M spacecraft at 8:26 p.m. on Nov. 21. The three were aboard the
station during the final space shuttle mission, STS-135, which
delivered supplies and equipment to the outpost. The crew members
spent the majority of their time aboard the complex performing
science experiments and routine maintenance.

Fossum is a native of McAllen, Texas, and a graduate of Texas A&M
University in College Station. He received master's degrees from the
Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio and the University of
Houston-Clear Lake.

To arrange an interview, news media representatives must contact Karen
Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or [email protected] by 2 p.m. on
Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The interviews will be preceded by a feed of video b-roll material of
Fossum and his mission at 5:30 a.m.

Fossum and the b-roll feed will appear on NASA's Live Interview Media
Outlet channel, which is located 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. FED is ¾, data rate is
6.0 Mbps, symbol rate is 4.3404 Msps, transmission DVB-S, 4:2:0.

For NASA Television streaming video, downlink and scheduling
information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Fossum provided updates throughout his mission through social media
at:

http://go.nasa.gov/oZgHtl

and

http://twitter.com/astro_aggie

For Fossum's complete biography, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/fossum.html

For more information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Re: Expedition 29 thread (September 16 - November 22, 2011)
« Reply #143 on: 01/16/2012 04:20 AM »
「Debrief Meeting on Astronaut Furukawa’s Long-Stay Mission in the ISS」
The debrief meeting on the long-stay mission in the International Space Station (ISS) by the astronauts,
 Satoshi Furukawa(JAXA), Michael Fossum(NASA) and a cosmonaut Sergey Volkov (FSA), who stayed onboard the ISS for about 6-month as the Expedition 28/29 crew, will be held.
This debrief meeting dubbed in English will be broadcast live.

Debrief Meeting and Symposium
- Organizer: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
- Date and Time: January 16, 2012, 18:00 to 20:30 (Japanese Standard time)
  January 16, 2012 9:00 to 11:30 (GMT)

http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/lv77338989

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