Encyclopedia Astronautica
2008.05.19 - ISS On-Orbit Status 05/19/08


Crew off-duty day. Underway: Week 5 of Increment 17.

In the JLP (Japanese Experiment Module Experiment Logistics Module Pressurized Section), FE-2 Reisman performed the periodical status and shell temperature check from the MKAM (Minimum Keep-Alive Monitor).

The crew jointly reviewed the Robotics pre-launch checkout activities ahead, including the updated DOUG (Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics) software uplinked for tomorrow's scheduled SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) operations and the procedures for starting up the DOUG. (Tomorrow (5/20) Reisman will check out both RWS (Robotics Workstations), as during the 1 JA prelaunch checkouts. Afterwards, the CDR and FE-2 also have some DOUG setup time and then maneuver the SSRMS into an ATV survey position using a Joint OCAS (Operator Commanded Auto Sequence) to look at two areas for possible MLI (Multi-Layered Insulation) damage. After the survey, the SSRMS will be maneuvered to grapple the MBS PDGF-3 (Mobile Base System/Power & Data Grapple Fixture 3), followed by a base change by ground commanding to prepare for the next day. On 5/21, the crew will release the other end of the arm at the Node-2 PDGF and maneuver to the 1J Docking position. DOUG is a special application running on the MSS (Mobile Service System) RWS laptops that provides a graphical birdseye-view image of the external station configuration and the SSRMS arm, showing its real-time location and configuration on a laptop during its operation.)

The FE-2 also set up the video configuration for the Robotics ops by putting in place the necessary cable hook-up of the UOP DCP (utility outlet panel/display & control panel) power bypass cable at the CUP RWS (Cupola Robotic Work Station).

In preparation for the STS-124 spacewalks, Garrett initiated recharge procedures on REBA (Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies), HL (Helmet Light), PGT (Pistol Grip Tool), and EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) batteries in the US Airlock. (This is the first of two recharges that will be required to prepare all batteries for flight, including three contingency batteries for return on STS-124.)

Kononenko completed the routine maintenance of the SM's SOZh/ECLSS system, including ASU toilet facilities systems/replaceables. (Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists of replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers, replacement of an EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine container, and processing U.S. condensate water as it becomes available in a filled CWC from the Lab humidifier.)

The crew conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical workout program (about half of which is used for setup & post-exercise personal hygiene) on the CEVIS cycle ergometer (FE-2), TVIS treadmill (CDR, FE-1), RED resistive exercise device (FE-2), and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (CDR, FE-1).

Afterwards, Reisman transferred the crew's exercise data file to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) data of the workouts on RED, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

At ~5:30am EDT, Sergey Volkov & Oleg Kononenko downlinked a PAO TV message of greetings to the participants of the joint conference 'Space for Mankind' of the International Astronautics Academy (IAA) and the K. E. Tsiolkovsky Russian Cosmonautics Academy in Korolev near Moscow, to be replayed at the conference opening on 5/21. (' €¦The ISS is a place where human achievements in space exploration for the past 50 years have special appreciation. Scientific experiments and practical results obtained in this field have already produced significant impact on the development of the world civilization and on life on Earth and will be doing so in the future €¦.We are proud to note that such a representative conference is taking place in Korolev, the birth place of practical cosmonautics, a place where MCC-M is located, which along with Houston and other centers, controls and operates the ISS; Korolev also is the home base of Energia corporation, whose Soyuz vehicles are used for ISS crew rotations €¦')

At ~5:30am EDT, the crew conducted a telephone conference radio exchange with the editor of the Russian COSMOS Magazine, Yekaterina Timofeyevna Beloglazova

At ~4:10pm EDT, Garrett is scheduled for his weekly PFC (Private Family Conference) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on an SSC laptop).

US Condensate Processing Update: Troubleshooting continued on Lane 3 of the SRVK. The failure of the separator unit was confirmed; to be replaced next week. Teams are working on procedure for pumping US condensate into ATV tanks. ISS will have condensate tanks empty prior to 1J if possible without the water dump. ATV to check whether they can support prep tasks for pumping of US condensate into ATV tanks as early as May 22.

No (Crew Earth Observations) photo targets uplinked for today.

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