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ISS Daily Summary Report - 3/19/13
March 19, 2013
 
International Space Station (ISS) Management Center (IMC) Daily Summary Report
Increment 34 Operations – Stage 35-3
03/19/13 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)
078/21:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


New Status:
SpaceX (SpX)-2 Cargo Operations:  Commander (CDR) Hadfield and Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Marshburn loaded cargo in preparation for unberth scheduled on March 25, 2013.

Marangoni Inside (MI) Core Cleaning:  Following yesterday’s completion of this experiment, Marshburn cleaned the inside of the Marangoni core.  When he was finished cleaning he powered off the camcorder to terminate real time downlink.

Amine Swingbed Payload Review:  Hadfield reviewed procedures and Big Picture words in preparation for tomorrow’s re-assembly and installation of this payload.  This task follows Kevin Ford’s troubleshooting activities earlier this month when he replaced the gear box and reinstalled the payload in the locker.

Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE)-1: Marshburn gathered hardware in preparation for tomorrow’s installation and start of the first run of Sample 1. Advanced Colloids Experiment-1 (ACE-1) is the first in a series of microscopic imaging investigations of materials which contain small colloidal particles capable of remaining evenly dispersed and distributed within the material. This investigation takes advantage of the unique environment of the ISS to separate the effects induced by Earth’s gravity to examine flow characteristics and the evolution and ordering effects within these colloidal materials. Engineering manipulation and the fundamental understanding of materials of this nature aims to enhance the ability to produce, store, and manipulate materials which rely on similar physical properties.

Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixture 3 (CSLM-3) Experiment:  Hadfield continued vacuum venting of the CSLM sample chamber in preparation for run #5 scheduled for tomorrow.  CSLM-3 is a materials science investigation that studies the growth and solidification processes (i.e., coarsening) in lead-tin solid-liquid mixtures that contain a small amount of tin branch-like (dendrite) structures, some of which possess many arms. During sample heating, the growth at the tip of each dendrite continues over time, whereas side branches, behind the tip, develop during constant temperature conditions. By understanding how temperature and time control the growth of such dendrites, researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

Previous Status (3/18/13)
Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixture 3 (CSLM-3) Experiment: Over the weekend Hadfield transferred data from the 3rd sample and started the 4th of 6 runs of this experiment. CSLM-3 is a materials science investigation that studies the growth and solidification processes (i.e., coarsening) in lead-tin solid-liquid mixtures that contain a small amount of tin branch-like (dendrite) structures, some of which possess many arms. During sample heating, the growth at the tip of each dendrite continues over time, whereas side branches, behind the tip, develop during constant temperature conditions. By understanding how temperature and time control the growth of such dendrites, researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation Without Blood:  Today Commander (CDR) Hadfield and Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Marshburn conducted their periodic health status check without blood draws.  This test is a routine heath status check crewmembers conduct while on orbit.

Marangoni Inside (MI) Experiment:  Marshburn and Hadfield relocated the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) from Node2 to the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM), and was used by Marshburn to assemble the MI body, core, and cassette hardware.  The MWA was moved to minimize the distance between the MI experiment assembly and the Ryutai Rack, where the experiment will be inserted into the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF).  The setup of the equipment today is Day 1 of a  4 day activity.  Marangoni convection is the flow driven by the presence of a surface tension gradient which can be produced by temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. The convection in liquid bridge of silicone oil is generated by heating the one disc higher than the other. Scientists are observing flow patterns of how fluids move to learn more about how heat is transferred in microgravity.

Growth of Homogeneous SiGe Crystals in Microgravity by the TLZ Method (Hicari) Experiment: Marshburn removed the sample cartridge from the Kobairo rack and stowed it for return on SpX-2. This investigation aims to verify the crystal-growth by Travelling Liquidous Zone method, and to produce high-quality crystals of Silicon-Germanium (SiGe) semiconductor using the Japanese Experiment Module-Gradient Heating Furnace (JEM-GHF). Once this method is established, it is expected to be applied for developing much efficient solar cells and semiconductor-based electronics.

Binary Collodial Alloy Test (BCAT)-C1: Hadfield initialized the first run of BCAT sample 5. The BCAT-C1 experiment studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions will have the unique property that the particles will phase separate (like oil and water) and the particles will self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light (like opal). Photographing these samples in microgravity allow the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. This study will allow the development of new insights into this important material process.

Today’s Planned Tasks
· Reboot Laptop RS2(1) / Onboard Computer System (БВС)  [Complete]
· SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls [РСУ], [Complete]
· RSS1, RSS2 Reboot / r/g 1009  [Complete]
· CSLM2 - Vacuum Vent Stop  [Complete]
· Verification of antivirus scan results onВКС laptops and Status Report / r/g 1695
· Replacement of БУПТ-1М(А406) module АБ6 - Remove of 800А Module АБ 4, Replace БУПТ-1М. Tagup (S-band) / r/g 1844  [Complete]
· DRAGON. Transfer Ops  [Complete]
· DRAGON. Transfer Ops   [Complete]
· CSLM2 - Vacuum Vent Start  [Complete]
· G1 Camcorder Setup and Start Downlink  [Complete]
· MI – Core Cleaning  [Complete]
· On MCC Go Replace БУПТ-1М(А406) module АБ6 -  r/g 1844  [Complete]
· Replace БУПТ-1М(А406) module АБ6 -Complete БУПТ-1М(А406) Installation, Install 800А Module АБ 4 Installation. Tagup (S-band) / r/g 1844,  [Complete]
· Record Video for National Film Board and Daily Planet  [Complete]
· On MCC Go ISS Repress with О2 from the 2nd section of СрПК ТГК 418 (start)  [Complete]
· / СКДС [Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System],  [Complete]
· G1 Closeout Ops  [Complete]
· AMINE – P/L Ops Review  [Complete]
· ISS Repress with О2 from Progress ТГК 418 СрПК Section 2 (terminate)  [Complete]
· / СКДС [Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System], [Complete]
· Tightening of ЗВ clamps on MRM1 СтА - FGB АСП-Б Interface /  IRS Activation/Deactivation,  [Complete]
· DRAGON. Transfer Ops [Complete]
· СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
· MPC - P/L Video Replay - Start [Complete]
· SM TVS – ТК 704А Test (Prep for ТК 708/34S docking) (Ku-band).  Tagup (S-band) / r/g 1843 [Complete]
· ACE – Equipment Gathering [Complete]
· CSLM2 - Vacuum Vent Stop [Complete]
· ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Verification / SM СКДС r/g 1550 [Complete]
· MELF2 – Module Insertion in MELFI [Complete]
· DRAGON. Transfer Ops [Complete]
· IMS Update [Complete]
· MPC - P/L Video Replay - End [Complete]
· Dragon Cargo Operations Tagup [Complete]
· JRNL - Journal Entry
· P/TV Playback Start [Complete]
· CSLM2 Line Vent  [Complete]
· ГФИ-1 [Geophysical Studies]. Relaksatsiya Experiment Battery Charge / r/g 1845
· P/TV Playback
  
Task List
· CEO ops  [Complete]
· SSC data gather (FE-6)
· SSC data gather (CDR)  [Complete]
· WHC EDV R&R
· WHC KTO Replace
· Roscosmos Report
· Uragan photo
· ECON photo
· SSC7 shell swap  [Complete]
· HDP Cloth Removal
· PTV camcord reset

Ground
· Nominal Commanding  [In Work]
· Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Mobile Transporter (MT) power up  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 3/20: ISS reboost, ACE, CSLM
Thursday, 3/21: SpX-2 departure OBT, BCAT, CSLM
Friday, 3/22: OBT ISS emergency sim, CUCU CCP c/o, Alloy, Reaction


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component
Status
Elektron
Off
Vozdukh
On
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)
Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)
On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab
Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3
Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab
Failed
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3
Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)
Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)
Standby