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08-07-2011
August 07, 2011
ISS On-Orbit Status 08/07/11

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday – Crew off-duty. Ahead: Week 21 of Increment 27/28.

Today 35 years ago (1976), Viking- 2 entered orbit around Mars. Also today 26 years ago (1985), Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai were chosen to be Japan’s first astronauts.

As part of the daily Morning Inspection, FE-1 Samokutyayev checked out the SM (Service Module) PSS caution & warning panel.

FE-4 Volkov completed the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM, including the weekly collection of the toilet flush (SP) counter and water supply (SVO) readings for calldown to TsUP-Moscow. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers, replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers and filling EDV-SV, KOV (for Elektron), EDV-ZV & EDV on RP flow regulator.]

In the DC-1, Sergei also terminated the post-EVA-29 recharge process on the 2nd 825M3 Orlan battery pack in the ZU-S recharge unit.

FE-6 Fossum opened the protective window shutters of Lab WORF (Window Observational Research Facility) for the ISSAC (ISS Agriculture Camera) equipment, so ground images can be captured by ground commanding. At sleeptime tonight, Mike will close the shutters again. [ISSAC takes frequent visible-light & infrared images of vegetated areas on the Earth. The camera focuses principally on rangelands, grasslands, forests, and wetlands in the northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States. The images may be delivered directly upon request to farmers, ranchers, foresters, natural resource managers and tribal officials to help improve their environmental stewardship of the land. The images will also be shared with educators for classroom use.]

In the ESA COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), Fossum also completed Day 2 of his VolSci (Voluntary Weekend Science) activity with the Delta commissioning of the ERB2 (European Recording Binocular 2) payload, today disconnecting ERB2 from the ESA EDR (European Drawer Rack), equipping it with new batteries and shooting video of “Life onboard ISS” after an uplinked script. ERB2 was then turned off, reconnected to EDR and the camera mounted on its EDR multi-use bracket. [Delta commissioning provides final testing of the functionality of the camera, i.e., its capacity to transmit in near real-time live 3D audio & video signal to ESA’s ESTEC Erasmus Centre Auditorium.]

The three Russian ISS residents joined for filming a 40-min video session for Roskosmos TV Studio with the high-resolution Sony HVR-Z7E camcorder, to be used in a joint project with Carousel TV Channel for children ages 8 to 12 years, the “It’s Time to go to space!” program, which has a segment where Russian cosmonauts are discussing their work &, answer viewers’ questions. The footage was then downlinked to TsUP-Moscow. [Andrey, Sasha & Sergei answered children’s questions resulting from a recent competition for “the best question”. Misha from Voronezh: “My name is Misha, I am 8 years old. I am fascinated with space. I would really like to know if Aldebaran is visible through the ISS window. I am looking forward to your answer”; Diana Galaktionova from Tula: “What is your most favorite food on the station? Is it possible to cook space food at home?”; Svyatoslav from Ramenskoye near Moscow: “Cosmonauts on orbit, most likely, feel some pressure or concern that something may go wrong or break. How do they handle their worries?”; Georgy Kolysh from Smolensk: “What personal items did you take with you? At what age do cosmonauts retire?”]

FE-1, FE-5 & FE-6 were scheduled for their 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), Satoshi at ~5:35am, Sasha at ~8:30am, Mike at ~4:15pm EDT.

The crew worked out with their regular 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the CEVIS cycle ergometer with vibration isolation (FE-3, FE-5, FE-6), TVIS treadmill with vibration isolation & stabilization (CDR, FE-1, FE-4), ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-3, FE-5, FE-6), and VELO ergometer bike with load trainer (FE-1, FE-4).

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

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 8:50am EDT [= epoch])
Mean altitude – 386.8 km
Apogee height – 395.3 km
Perigee height – 378.3 km
Period -- 92.29 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0012565
Solar Beta Angle -- 50.1 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.60
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours -- 100 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) – 72,892

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
08/29/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P undocking
08/30/11 -- Progress M-12M/44P launch
09/01/11 -- Progress M-12M/44P docking (SM aft)
09/08/11 – Soyuz TMA-21/26S undock/landing (End of Increment 28)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
09/22/11 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/28S launch – D.Burbank (CDR-30)/A.Shkaplerov/A.Ivanishin
09/24/11 – Soyuz TMA-03M/28S docking (MRM2)
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
10/25/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P undocking
10/26/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P launch
10/28/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P docking (DC-1)
11/16/11 -- Soyuz TMA-02M/27S undock/landing (End of Increment 29)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S launch – O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit
12/02/11 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S docking (MRM1)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
12/26/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P undock
12/27/11 -- Progress M-14M/46P launch
12/29/11 -- Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
02/29/12 -- ATV3 launch readiness
03/05/12 -- Progress M-12M/44P undock
03/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/30/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S launch – G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov
04/01/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S docking (MRM2)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
05/05/12 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – launch on Proton (under review)
05/06/12 -- Progress M-14M/46P undock
05/07/12 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) – docking (under review)
05/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/29/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S launch – S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/31/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S docking
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
09/18/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
10/02/12 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/32S launch – K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/04/12 – Soyuz TMA-07M/32S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-06M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/30/12 -- Soyuz TMA-08M/33S launch – C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/02/12 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S launch – P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S launch – M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S launch – M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S launch – K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/14 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------