Encyclopedia Astronautica
2007.11.21 - ISS On-Orbit Status 11/21/07


FE-1 Yuri Malenchenko started his workday with Part 1 of a software test of the Russian data telemetry system's MKO multiplex exchange channel, via BSR-TM payload data telemetry and the 4PrNP-6 data gathering application of the BITS2-12 Onboard Telemetry Measurement System.

(The test, using the RSS2 laptop, consisted of switching from the regular 128-byte TM frame to a 206-byte format, for the ground to run tests overnight from RGS (Russian Ground Sites). Tomorrow, in part 2 the FE-1 will reconfigure the BSR-TM back to 128-byte format.)

Afterwards, Malenchenko recorded the post-EVA radiation readings from the Russian EMU-worn plus one background 'Pille-MKS' dosimeters in a log table for subsequent downlink to the ground.

Starting preparations of their next spacewalk, EVA-12 'Charlie' on 11/24 (Saturday), CDR Whitson and FE-2 Tani -

Printed out the uplinked final version of EVA-12 procedures,
Conducted a 2-hr. timeline & procedures review, joined by IV Malenchenko (see Preview, below), and
At ~11:20am EST tagged up with ground specialists for a 45-min teleconference on spacewalk details via S- & Ku-band.
In the U.S. Airlock (A/L), Peggy and Dan then worked on their EMUs (Extravehicular Mobility Units), installing LiOH (Lithium Hydroxide) CO2 absorption canisters, starting recharging the EMU batteries used in EVA 'Bravo' and initiated the regeneration of METOX (Metal Oxide) canisters #0015 & #0019 in the A/L bakeout oven. (The A/L, currently Dan Tani's sleeping quarters, is expected to stay within allowable ppCO2 (Carbon Dioxide Partial Pressure) limits for Dan's sleeptime.)

Peggy Whitson terminated Node-2 isolation maintained during the EVA by opening Harmony's aft hatch, installing the caps, which Yuri set aside on 11/19, on the Node-2 Stbd & Port PPRVs (Positive Pressure Relief Valves) and manually opened the Node-2 aft port IMV (Intermodular Ventilation) valve.

The FE-1 performed the routine maintenance of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM (Service Module), including ASU toilet facilities systems/replaceables.

Malenchenko also conducted the periodic (weekly) job of checkout/verification of IP-1 airflow sensors in the various RS (Russian Segment) hatchways, including the FGB-to-Soyuz tunnel and the FGB-to-Node-1 passageway.

Later, Yuri completed 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 FE-2 performed his third ICEPAC insertion in the MELFI (Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS), retrieving two more -32 degC ICEPAC belts from stowage and placing them in Dewar 2/Tray C/Sections 1 & 2. (The reason the crew is performing several ICEPAC insertions this week is because the amount of warm mass that can be placed in a dewar at one time is limited. These activities are in preparation for the next Cold Bag packing, planned for STS-122/1E.)

Tani also completed the periodic check of active U.S. payloads, i.e., cleaning the ANITA (Analyzing Interferometer for Ambient Air) inlet plus inspecting and filter cleaning of the CGBA-5 (Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 5) incubator payload. (The incubator is controlled from the ground with automatic video downlinked to Earth.)

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, Dan 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).

At ~7:20am EST, the crew convened for their weekly teleconference with ISS Program Management at JSC/Houston via S-band/audio.

Later, at ~12:45pm, Dan Tani held a 30-min. crew conference via Ku- & S-band with the next FE-2, Garrett Reisman, who will be his successor after arriving on STS-123 in February next year. (Performed every other week, these 30-min. crew conferences are being included in the current station crew's schedule to pass on the lessons learned to the upcoming Expedition Crew. The purpose is to begin the handover process prior to the arrival on orbit through Videocons and Data Exchanges between the current crew and the upcoming crew. These tagups usually start toward the end of the 1st month on orbit.)

At ~3:15pm, the FE-2 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 the SSC-9 laptop).

Working off his voluntary 'time permitting' task list, Malenchenko took photographs of a QD (quick disconnect) screw clamp which has a spring missing. The snapshots were then transferred to OCA download files.

Task items waiting for Whitson & Tani on their discretionary U.S. 'job jar' list include -

Work on BCAT-3 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3, specifically remove samples from the CGBA-4 (Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus-4) & unstick the mixing magnet, with photography;
Relocating, in Node-2, the PS-120 (Power Strip) Junction Box from UOP-1 (Utility Outlet Panel 1) to the failed UOP-2; and
Starting U.S. trash gathering for disposal in Progress M-61/26P, aided by an uplinked preliminary (pre-E1) list of items.
Voluntary Weekend Science: Three optional activities for the voluntary 'Weekend Science' program were suggested to Peggy and Dan for their upcoming off-duty day on 11/26 (Monday). Their selection is required by tonight. (The three choices are: (1) EPO (Education Payload Operations) demonstrating Newton's Laws (Three Laws of Motion & Conservation of Angular Momentum); (2) HRF RC (Human Research Facility Refrigerated Centrifuge) troubleshooting (determining why the RC is not supplying H&S (Health & Status) data); and (3) HRF-1 RIC (Rack interface Controller) software load (to enable powering up HRF Rack-1 PC (Portable Computer) via ground commanding and synchronizing the HRF Rack and PC time via ground commanding.)

EVA-12 'Charlie' Preview: EVA-12 on Saturday begins nominally at ~5:00AM EST, with a 6h 25m timeline. Dedicated to Part 2 of Node-2 outfitting (i.e., connecting & configuring the second half of Harmony's fluid, power and cooling jumpers), its objectives are for Peggy Whitson and Dan Tani to:


Remove the S0 truss NH3 (ammonia) shunt jumper on Port;
Configure vent tools;
Remove Node-2 fluid QD (quick disconnect) caps;
Vent & stow the Port NH3 shunt jumper;
Relocate an APFR (Articulating Portable Foot Restraint) from Lab WIF-11 (Worksite Interface Fixture 11) to Lab WIF-12;
Relocate Node-2 Loop B fluid tray to Lab & attach it;
Deploy Node-2 Loop B fluid tray hinged section;
Mate S0 fluid QDs, then open S0 valves and 2 fluid QDs;
Connect two Node-2 fluid line heater cables;
Connect five Node-2 Stbd avionics cables to Node-2;
Release Node-2 Stbd CBM (Common Berthing Mechanism) petal launch locks (8 latches);
Install Lab/Node-2 gap spanner on two handrails (Lab & Node 2); and (as get-ahead)
Release Node-2 Port CBM petal launch locks (8 latches). (Nadir CBM launch locks remain closed at this time to prevent the unlatched petals from opening.)
STS-122/Atlantis/E1 Mission/EVAs: The STS-122/Atlantis (1E) mission, expected to launch on 12/6, is baselined for 11+1+2 days and 3 scheduled EVAs. Inspection of the flawed SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint) is not one of the scheduled objectives but would be a get-ahead task for the crew on the third EVA if there is time left for it. If the 1E mission can be extended by two added docked days (i.e., 13+1+2), a fourth unscheduled EVA for dedicated SARJ work may be considered by the IMMT (ISS Mission Management Team).

CEO (Crew Earth Observation) photo targets uplinked for today were S. Mozambique (this target area is in the coastal plains of far southern Mozambique just north of the capital city of Maputo. Rapid development of this area is now being planned. To better monitor this change, CEO observers are seeking baseline, pre-development imagery. ISS approach was from the NW in mid-morning light. Fair weather was expected, and observers requested a nadir mapping strip of this area along the orbit track. There are very few strong landmarks or visual features to guide the photographer), Kerguelen (this glaciated and volcanic archipelago is located in the far south Indian Ocean nearly 2,000 miles SE of the island of Madagascar. Of primary interest is photography for monitoring of the rarely photographed ice field and glaciers located on the western end of the main island. ISS approach was from the W in mid-afternoon illumination. Using the long lens settings for a detailed, nadir mapping pass), and Patagonian Glaciers (the Northern Patagonian Ice Field is the northernmost of two large remaining ice fields of South America, located in the Andes Mountains of southern Chile. It is also the world's largest ice field so far from the poles. Looking just right of track on this fair-weather pass near midday. The crew was asked to try for detailed views of the glacier features, particularly on the western and northern margins.)

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