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2007.11.18 - ISS On-Orbit Status 11/18/07


Sunday -- off-duty day for CDR Whitson, FE-1 Malenchenko and FE-2 Tani.

Ahead: Week 5 of Increment 16.

The crew completed the mandatory CHeCS (Crew Health Care Systems) emergency/contingency medical OBT (on-board training) drill, a one-hour U.S. exercise designed to refresh crewmembers' acuity in applying HMS (Health Maintenance System) equipment like ACLS (Advanced Cardio Life Support) in an emergency. (The drill gives the crew the opportunity to work as a team in resolving a simulated medical emergency onboard ISS and to refresh their memory of on-orbit stowage & deployment locations, equipment use, and procedures. Setting up (but not actually operating/manipulating) onboard equipment such as the RSP (Respiratory Support Pack), ALSP (Advanced Life Support Pack), intubation kit, HMS defibrillator, all stowed in the Lab CHeCS rack, and the CMRS (Crew Medical Restraint System), Peggy, Yuri and Dan stepped through the ACLS algorithm manual to resolve a simulated medical emergency onboard ISS. Objectives of the exercise include practicing communication and coordination necessary to perform medical emergency procedures, locating appropriate emergency medical components, and determining each crewmember's individual method of delivering CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) in zero-G.)

Malenchenko continued the current round of monthly preventive maintenance/cleaning of Russian segment SOTR ventilation systems, today working in the SM. (The cleaning involved 'Group C' fans and the heat exchanger (GZhT) grille of the currently inactive air conditioner (SKV1), plus the associated flexible air ducts.)

Whitson printed out the latest uplinked procedures material on this week's Stage EVA-11 'Bravo' (11/20) and gathered the crew for another 2-hr review of EV1/EV2 timelines, procedures and constraints.

Afterwards, Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani had two more hours reserved for preparing the EVA tools to be used by them on the spacewalk.

At ~10:10am EST, the crew also tagged up with ground specialists in a teleconference via S- and Ku-band, supported by the SSC-10 laptop, to go again through the EVA-11 procedures, particularly regarding ammonia decontamination. (After the standard A/L Campout tomorrow night, EVA-11 is expected to last about 6h 40m. Its Node-2 Outfitting objectives are:

Remove Stbd NH3 (ammonia) Shunt Jumper;
Configure Vent Tools;
Vent & Stow the Stbd NH3 Shunt Jumper;
Release Node-2 Fluid Caps, reconfigure P1 radiator SFUs (Squib Firing Units, fired today), and release Node-2 Loop A Fluid Tray;
Relocate Node-2 Loop A Fluid Tray, then attach it, deploy/mate it, and vent N2 (nitrogen) from it;
Mate & open hinge QDs (Quick Disconnects), S0 Fluid QDs, and Node-2 Fluid QDs;
Connect Node-2 Fluid Line Heater Cables;
Connect Node-2 Port Avionics to Node-2; and
Mate Primary PMA-2/Node-2 Umbilicals.

Potential get-ahead tasks are:

Relocate N2 VTE (Vent Tool Extender) bag for EVA-12 'Charlie';
Relocate APFR (Articulating Portable Foot Restraint) for EVA-12;
Connect Stbd Avionics umbilicals to Node-2;
Connect PMA-2 redundant umbilicals;
Deploy SSPTS (Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System) cable; and
Relocate APFR for 1E.

Also in preparation for the EVA, FE-2 Tani did some work on an EVA camera (#1019), removing the shutter release button of the camera's thermal blanket and concluding with the standard sharp-edge inspection of the modified blanket configuration.

In the 'Quest' Airlock (A/L), Dan finished the regeneration cycle on the METOX (Metal Oxide) CO2 absorption canisters #0017 & #0019 in the bakeout oven started yesterday by Peggy, and later also terminated the recharging of EMU (Extravehicular Mobility Unit) batteries in the A/L BSA (Battery Stowage Assembly).

Yuri Malenchenko meanwhile performed the routine servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the Service Module (SM). (Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers and replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers. Weekly SOZh reports (on Sundays) to TsUP/Moscow deal with number & dates of water and urine containers, counter readings of water consumption & urine collection, and total operating time of the POTOK air filtration system.)

Afterwards, the FE-1 conducted the daily maintenance of the IMS (Inventory Management System), updating/editing its standard 'delta file', including locations, for the regular weekly automated export/import to its three databases on the ground (Houston, Moscow, Baikonur).

The Russian Flight Engineer also set up the Russian equipment for tomorrow's planned 'Urolux' biochemical urine test (PZE MO-9), standard operating procedure for crewmembers before & after each EVA.

The crewmembers completed 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 (CDR, FE-2), TVIS treadmill (FE-1), RED resistive exerciser (CDR, FE-2) and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (FE-1).

Afterwards, Tani transferred the crew's exercise data file to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) laptop for downlink, including 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).

Dan had another 60 minutes for himself for general orientation (station familiarization & acclimatization), as is standard daily rule for the first two weeks after starting station residency.

At ~3:05pm EST, the FE-2 conducted his weekly PFC (Private Family Conference) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on the SSC-9 laptop).

No CEO (Crew Earth Observation) photo targets uplinked for today.

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