[sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #SS07-33

Arthur Rowe azrowe80 at verizon.net
Fri Jul 6 15:54:38 PDT 2007


July 6, 2007

John Yembrick
Headquarters, Washington 

John Ira Petty
Johnson Space Center, Houston



HOUSTON - Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight 
Engineer Clay Anderson this week finished preparing their spacesuits 
for a planned July 23 spacewalk. Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg 
Kotov also continued evaluating the computers on the Russian segment 
of the International Space Station.

During the U.S. spacewalk, Yurchikhin and Anderson will jettison a 
support post for an exterior video camera and a 1,400-pound, 
refrigerator-sized tank that is no longer needed. The tank, known as 
the Early Ammonia Servicer, was designed to replenish ammonia to the 
temporary cooling system on the station in the event of a coolant 

The spacewalkers also will replace a faulty Remote Power Control 
Module to restore backup power to the station's Mobile Transporter 
railcar, which is needed for the space shuttle STS-118 mission. Other 
tasks include cleaning the Unity node's nadir Common Berthing 
Mechanism seals for the relocation of Pressurized Mating Adapter-3. 
PMA-3 must be moved before the station's Harmony node arrives on 
shuttle mission STS-120, which is targeted for late October.

Yurchikhin and Kotov worked on the Russian computers during the past 
week, visually inspecting and photographing cables and connectors on 
the command processing unit. Although there is no conclusive evidence 
of what caused the problems during shuttle Atlantis' visit last 
month, the inspections did yield some valuable information. The 
voltage readings on cables and connectors for the secondary power 
system appeared normal with the exception of one relay. Also, some 
corrosion was found on a second connector and a third was discolored. 
Troubleshooting continues.

In addition, the crew and flight controllers completed software 
upgrades this week for computers on the U.S. and Russian segments. 
The upgrades to the U.S. computers will allow the addition of the 
Harmony node, the European Space Agency's Columbus module and the 
Japanese Kibo Experiment Module during upcoming shuttle flights. 

Plans are proceeding for the launch of the next Russian cargo ship, 
the ISS Progress 26, which will deliver to the station new computers, 
equipment, food, fuel, water and other supplies. Launch is scheduled 
for Aug. 2, with docking planned on Aug. 5.

Also this week, Anderson discussed the progress of his mission and 
life aboard the station during an educational in-flight event with 
students at the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences in Charleston, 

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