ISS News: January 2005 Archives

Bad Space Weather

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 18 January 2005

"The ISS experienced a high solar particle event yesterday. MCC-H notified the crew of the higher radiation levels and reminded them to take shelter if the TEPC (tissue equivalent proportional counter) radiation-measuring instrument alarm sounded. Today the crew was informed that by the time the EVA occurs, the high-activity area on the Sun will rotate out of view and should not affect the spacewalk on 1/26."

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity 18 Jan 2005

"The geomagnetic field is expected to remain at active to severe storm levels for the next 24 to 48 hours. The arrival of the CME associated with the X3 flare on 17 January has not yet been observed but is expected to contribute to geomagnetic activity over the next 12 to 24 hours."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 January 2005

"Update on Elektron: The Elektron seems to be running well in 50-amp mode and seems to be shutting down when 32-amp mode is used. Due to the ongoing battery reconditioning, the ISS is too short on power to stay in 50-amp mode all the time. To maintain the power balance, the two MCCs agreed to power down the Vozduhk CO2 scrubber and use the CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) instead, thus reducing the stress on the Russian power system. In addition, pressurized element shell heaters will be turned off and manually managed by ground controllers if they begin to approach the maximum allowable 12.2 kW (action would be taken around 11.9 kW). This arrangement will remain in force until the P6 battery reconditioning is complete and TsUP/Moscow has defined the next set of troubleshooting plans."

Foale Honored by UK

31 December 2004: British-born astronaut given CBE, BBC

"British-born astronaut Michael Foale is rewarded in the New Year Honours with a CBE in the diplomatic list."



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