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Station Deploys Tiny Satellites and Gets Ready for Dragon

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Oct 5, 2012 4:54 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 33 crew demonstrated the ability of the International Space Station to deploy satellites on Thursday. The three crew members also worked on robotics, visiting vehicle activities and routine science and maintenance.

Several tiny satellites were released Thursday outside the Kibo laboratory using a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer attached to the Japanese module’s robotic arm. Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide set up the satellite deployment gear inside the lab and placed it in Kibo’s airlock. The Japanese robotic arm then grappled the deployment system and its satellites from the airlock for Thursday’s deployment.

Hoshide later joined Commander Suni Williams for more robotics training using the cupola’s robotics workstation. The duo are preparing for the arrival of the Dragon cargo capsule on the SpaceX CRS-1 mission next week. They will use the Canadarm2 to capture and berth the Dragon to the Harmony node when it arrives at the International Space Station on the morning of Oct. 10.

Dragon’s launch is scheduled for Sunday at 8:35 p.m. EDT. The world’s first commercial resupply craft is delivering 1,000 pounds of cargo for the station. Hoshide has been prepacking gear for return to Earth aboard Dragon when it splashes down in the Pacific Ocean Oct. 28.

A backup robotics workstation in the Destiny lab experienced a trip in a remote power control module (RPCM) overnight. Williams reset the workstation and installed a jumper between another RPCM and a control electronics unit to maintain power to the robotics system. Mission rules state that both robotics workstations in the cupola and the Destiny lab must be operational before the SpaceX CRS-1 launch.

The commander also activated and tested a communications unit in the Destiny lab. That unit will enable communications and vehicle commanding with the Dragon resupply capsule from the space station next week.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko worked on transferring gear to and from the ISS Progress 48 cargo craft docked to the Pirs docking compartment. He also cleaned and inspected laptop computers in the Russian segment of the orbital laboratory.

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