Resident Crews of the International Space Station (ISS)

ISS: Expedition 63

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Crew, launch- and landing data

No. Nation Surname Given names Position Spacecraft
(launch)
Launch
date
Launch
time
Spacecraft
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Landing
date
Landing
time
Mission
duration
Orbits
1  Cassidy  Christopher John "Chris"  ISS-CDR  Soyuz MS-16  09.04.2020  08:05:06.463 UTC  (Soyuz MS-16)  (21.10.2020)  UTC

 
2  Ivanishin  Anatoli Alekseyevich  Flight Engineer  Soyuz MS-16  09.04.2020  08:05:06.463 UTC  (Soyuz MS-16)  (21.10.2020)  UTC

 
3  Vagner  Ivan Viktorovich  Flight Engineer  Soyuz MS-16  09.04.2020  08:05:06.463 UTC  (Soyuz MS-16)  (21.10.2020)  UTC

 
4  Hurley  Douglas Gerald  Flight Engineer  Dragon SpX-DM2  30.05.2020  19:22:45.411 UTC  Dragon SpX-DM2  02.08.2020  18:47:48 UTC 63d 23h 25m 03s  1024 
5  Behnken  Robert Louis  Flight Engineer  Dragon SpX-DM2  30.05.2020  19:22:45.411 UTC  Dragon SpX-DM2  02.08.2020  18:47:48 UTC 63d 23h 25m 03s  1024 
6  Hopkins  Michael Scott  Flight Engineer  (Crew-1)  (27.09.2020)  UTC  (Crew-1)    UTC    
7  Glover  Victor Jerome  Flight Engineer  (Crew-1)  (27.09.2020)  UTC  (Crew-1)    UTC    
8 Japan  Noguchi  Soichi  Flight Engineer  (Crew-1)  (27.09.2020)  UTC  (Crew-1)    UTC    
9  Walker  Shannon  Flight Engineer  (Crew-1)  (27.09.2020)  UTC  (Crew-1)    UTC    
10  Ryzhikov  Sergei Nikolaevich  Flight Engineer  (Soyuz MS-17)  (14.10.2020)  UTC  (Soyuz MS-17)    UTC    
11  Kud-Sverchkov  Sergei Vladimirovich  Flight Engineer  (Soyuz MS-17)  (14.10.2020)  UTC  (Soyuz MS-17)    UTC    
12  Rubins  Kathleen Hallisey "Kate"  Flight Engineer  (Soyuz MS-17)  (14.10.2020)  UTC  (Soyuz MS-17)    UTC    

unofficial Backup Crew

No. Nation Surname Given names Position
1  Bowen  Stephen Gerard  ISS-CDR
2  Ryzhikov  Sergei Nikolaevich  Flight Engineer
3  Babkin  Andrei Nikolayevich  Flight Engineer
4 / 5  Lindgren  Kjell Norwood  Flight Engineer
          
6 / 7  Lindgren  Kjell Norwood  Flight Engineer
          
8 Japan  Hoshide (?)  Akihiko  Flight Engineer
9    ?    Flight Engineer
10  Novitsky  Oleg Viktorovich  Flight Engineer
11  Dubrov  Pyotr Valerievich  Flight Engineer
12  Vande Hei  Mark Thomas  Flight Engineer
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Expedition Report

ISS Expedition 63 began with the undocking of Russian spacecraft Soyuz MS-15 on April 17, 2020 at 01:53:30 UTC. The landing crew consisted of Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Andrew Morgan. Three-and-a-half-hours later the crew landed safely in Kazakhstan. So, the new Expedition 63 consisted of ISS Commander Christopher Cassidy, Anatoli Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner.

On April 19, 2020 an ISS deboost was performed using Zvezda thrusters. This reboost was to set up for the launch of unmanned spacecraft Progress MS-14 in April 2020. The engines started at 05:09 UTC and fired 58.5 seconds. The ISS got 0.97 m/sec. more speed. The actual parameters are 417.65 km x 436.62 km. The ISS needs 92.88 minutes for each orbit.

The launch of the unpiloted Russian Progress MS-14 occurred on April 25, 2020 at 01:51:41.291 UTC from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The freighter delivers almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medical supplies and personal hygiene items for the crewmembers are stowed in the cargo compartment.
The Progress MS-14 spacecraft docked to the Zvezda module at the Russian segment after only two orbits at 05:11:56 UTC. Progress MS-14 will remain docked at the station for more than seven months before departing in November 2020 for its deorbit into Earth's atmosphere.

Nearly three months after delivering several tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the International Space Station, Northrup Grumman's unpiloted Cygnus cargo craft departed the International Space Station on May 11, 2020.
Dubbed the "SS Robert H. Lawrence", Cygnus arrived at the station February 18, 2020 with supplies and science experiments following its launch on Northrup Grumman's Antares rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.
Flight controllers on the ground sent commands to robotically detach Cygnus from the Earth-facing port of the Unity module, maneuver it into place, and release it from the Canadarm2 robotic arm at 16:09 UTC. Station commander Christopher Cassidy monitored Cygnus' systems as it moved away from the orbiting laboratory.
Within 24 hours of its release, Cygnus will begin its secondary mission, hosting the Spacecraft Fire Safety Experiment - IV (Saffire-IV), which provides an environment to safely study fire in microgravity. It also will deploy a series of payloads. Northrop Grumman flight controllers in Dulles, Virginia, will initiate Cygnus' deorbit to burn up in Earth's atmosphere May 25, 2020.

The unmanned Japanese freighter H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI9 or HTV-9 was launched on May 20, 2020 at 17:31:00 UTC atop a H-IIB carrier rocket flying from pad 2 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Tanegashima. The Japanese cargo spacecraft was loaded with more than four tons of supplies, spare parts and experiment hardware, including six new lithium-ion batteries needed to complete an overall update of the station's electrical system. The batteries and corresponding adapter plates will replace aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for two power channels on the station's far starboard truss segment (S6) through a series of spacewalks by the station's crew members planned for later this year. This is the final set of new batteries to be launched to the station as part of an overall upgrade of its power system that began in January 2017.

The spacecraft HTV-9 arrived at the station on May 25, 2020. Expedition 63 Commander Christopher Cassidy, backed up by Russian cosmonaut Ivan Vagner, operated the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm from the station's Cupola to capture the 12-ton spacecraft as it approached from below (12:13 UTC). Robotics flight controllers then took over the operation of the arm to install HTV-9 to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony module (14:46 UTC) where it will spend two months attached.

On May 30, 2020 at 19:22:45.411 UTC the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39-A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is SpaceX's final test flight of NASA's Commercial Crew Program and will provide data on the performance of the Falcon 9 rocket, Crew Dragon spacecraft and ground systems, as well as in-orbit, docking and landing operations. The test flight also will provide valuable data toward NASA certifying SpaceX's crew transportation system for regular flights carrying astronauts to and from the space station. SpaceX currently is readying the hardware for the first rotational mission, Crew-1, which would happen after data from this mission is reviewed for NASA's certification.
The Crew Dragon docked to the space station at 14:16 UTC on May 31, 2020. With docking to the International Space Station Douglas Hurley and Robert Behnken became Flight Engineers of Expedition 63.

On June 26, 2020 astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Robert Behnken performed the first spacewalk in this Expedition 62 (6h 07m). It was the first in a series of spacewalks dedicated to replacing batteries on the far end of the station's starboard truss. These spacewalks continue the overall upgrade of the station's power system that began with similar battery replacement during spacewalks in January 2017, October 2019 and January 2020. Each of the station's four main sets of arrays, two on each end of the truss, provide power to two electrical buses, or channels. To keep the lab operating during passes through Earth's shadow, each set of arrays is equipped with 12 massive nickel-hydrogen batteries, six per power channel.
Altogether, 48 NiH2 batteries store power for the station's eight electrical channels. NASA is in the process of replacing all 48 with 24 smaller, more efficient lithium-ion power packs, a complex task that will take several years to complete.
The existing nickel-hydrogen batteries were upgraded with newer, more powerful lithium-ion batteries transported to the station aboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-9), which arrived on May 25, 2020. Working site for this spacewalk was S6 Channel 1B battery R&R A-F. Astronauts also were able to accomplish get-ahead tasks, including the removal of an additional nickel-hydrogen battery, originally scheduled for the second spacewalk.
The spacewalkers removed five of six aging nickel-hydrogen batteries for one of two power channels for the starboard 6 (S6) truss, installed two of three new lithium-ion batteries, and installed two of three associated adapter plates that are used to complete the power circuit to the new batteries. Mission control reports that the two new batteries are working.

The second EVA occurred on July 01, 2020 by astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Robert Behnken (6h 01m). The duo continued to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries (working site: S6 Channel 1B battery R&R A-F). It was the second spacewalk to replacing batteries on the far end of the station's starboard truss.
They also routed power and ethernet cables in preparation for the installation of a new external wireless communications system with an enhanced HD camera and to increase helmet camera coverage for future spacewalks.

The Flight Control Center in Moscow on July 03, 2020 at 15:53 UTC carried out an unscheduled correction of the orbit of the International Space Station to avoid a possible collision with space debris. All operations were completed in full accordance with the calculations of Russian ballistic service specialists.
For this maneuver, the engines of the Progress MS-14 cargo ship were used, which is docked to the Zvezda module of the ISS Russian segment. They worked for about 100 seconds and raised the station to a speed increment of 0.5 m / sec. As a result, the orbit altitude of the ISS increased, according to preliminary data, by 900 meters.

Filled with trash, the unpiloted Russian cargo ship Progress MS-13 undocked from the Pirs module of the International Space Station at 18:22:30 UTC on July 08, 2020. Later Russian flight controllers sent commands to fire the Progress' engines and deorbit the space freighter, sending it to a destructive entry over the unpopulated South Pacific Ocean.

On July 11, 2020 an ISS deboost was performed using Progress MS-14 thrusters. This deboost was to set up for the launch of unmanned spacecraft Progress MS-15 on July 23, 2020. The engines started at 19:15 UTC and fired 262 seconds. The ISS got an impulse of 0.53 m/sec. After the corrective maneuver, the average orbit of the ISS decreased by 900 meters. The actual parameters are 417.7 km x 436.8 km. The ISS needs 92.87 minutes for each orbit.

Robert Behnken and Christopher Cassidy left the Quest airlock on July 16, 2020 to perform the next spacewalk (6h 00m). The astronauts continued to replace nickel-hydrogen batteries with more powerful lithium-ion batteries (working site: S6 Channel 3B battery R&R A-F). They removed all six older nickel-hydrogen batteries for the truss' power system and installed three new lithium-ion batteries, as well as accompanying hardware. It was the third spacewalk to replace batteries on the far end of the station's starboard truss.

The fourth EVA in this series occurred on July 21, 2020 (5h 29m). It was performed by Robert Behnken and Christopher Cassidy. Their first task was to install a protective unit to store tools for use by the Canadian Space Agency's Dextre robot. The storage unit also includes two Robotic External Leak Locator (RELL) units that Dextre can use to detect leaks of ammonia, which is used to operate the station's cooling system.
The astronaut duo then worked on removing two lifting fixtures at the base of station solar arrays on the near port truss, or backbone, of the station. The "H-fixtures" were used for ground processing of the solar arrays prior to their launch.
They then moved on to work to prepare the outside of the Tranquility module for the arrival later this year of the Nanoracks commercial airlock on a SpaceX cargo delivery mission.
Finally, they routed ethernet cables and removed a lens filter cover from an external camera.

The launch of the unpiloted Russian Progress MS-15 occurred on July 23, 2020 at 14:26:21.374 UTC from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The freighter delivers almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station components for the life support system, as well as containers with food, clothing, medical supplies and personal hygiene items for the crewmembers are stowed in the cargo compartment.
The Progress MS-15 spacecraft docked to the Pirs module at the Russian segment after only two orbits at 17:44:52 UTC. Progress MS-15 will remain docked at the station for more than six months before departing in December 2020 for its deorbit into Earth's atmosphere.

On July 29, 2020 an ISS reboost was performed using Progress MS-14 thrusters. This reboost was to set up for the launch of manned spacecraft Soyuz MS-17 in October 2020. The engines started at 13:57 UTC and fired 336.3 seconds. The ISS got an impulse of 0.65 m/sec. After the corrective maneuver, the average orbit of the ISS increased by 1,100 meters. The actual parameters are 417.5 km x 436.2 km. The ISS needs 92.87 minutes for each orbit.

Crew Dragon Endeavour undocked on August 01, 2020 at 23:35 UTC and splashed down on August 02, 2020 at 18:42 UTC west of Florida.


Among the US experiments are:

ACE-T-Ellipsoids: This investigation creates three-dimensional colloids, small particles suspended within a fluid medium, and uses temperature to control the density and behavior of the particles. Colloids can organize into various structures, called self-assembled colloidal structures, which could enable 3D printing of replacement parts and repair of facilities on future long-duration space voyages. This use requires controlling particle density and behavior, however, and by designing and assembling colloids in microgravity, ACE-T-Ellipsoids provides insight into how to do so.
Universal Waste Management System: Everyone "goes," but space presents unique challenges for managing human waste. The Universal Waste Management System (UWMS) investigation demonstrates the long-term use of a compact toilet together with the Urine Transfer System (UTS). The UWMS allows simultaneous use of two toilets by providing automated control of flow into the Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) or storage containers. Automated offload of this backup storage saves time for crew members. The UWMS's smaller footprint and improved technology support possible expansion of space station crew and future long-term, deep-space exploration missions.
Spaceflight Standard Measures: This investigation collects a set of measurements - blood and saliva samples, skin samples, mood and sleep questionnaires, cognitive tests and more - from astronauts before, during, and after long-duration missions. These measures create a consistent set of data across the duration of the International Space Station Program that helps characterize the risks of living in space and how humans adapt to those risks. Scientists can use the data to monitor the effectiveness of countermeasures and interpret astronaut health and performance outcomes, as well as to support future human research on planetary missions.
Space Organogenesis: The need for human organs for transplants far exceeds the supply, creating a need for artificial organs made using regenerative medicine technology. Cell cultures on Earth are two-dimensional, but microgravity may enable growth of cell cultures in three dimensions without using artificial structures. Development of Advanced 3D Organ Culture System Utilizing the Microgravity Environment (Space Organogenesis) demonstrates growth of 3D organ buds from human stem cells in microgravity and analyzes changes in gene expression in the cells. This experiment represents an important first step toward growing artificial organs.

EVA data

  Name Start End Duration Mission Airlock Suit
EVA Cassidy, Christopher 26.06.2020, 11:32 UTC 26.06.2020, 17:39 UTC 6h 07m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3006
EVA Behnken, Robert 26.06.2020, 11:32 UTC 26.06.2020, 17:39 UTC 6h 07m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3004
 
EVA Cassidy, Christopher 01.07.2020, 11:13 UTC 01.07.2020, 17:14 UTC 6h 01m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3006
EVA Behnken, Robert 01.07.2020, 11:13 UTC 01.07.2020, 17:14 UTC 6h 01m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3004
 
EVA Behnken, Robert 16.07.2020, 11:10 UTC 16.07.2020, 17:10 UTC 6h 00m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3004
EVA Cassidy, Christopher 16.07.2020, 11:10 UTC 16.07.2020, 17:10 UTC 6h 00m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3006
 
EVA Behnken, Robert 21.07.2020, 11:12 UTC 21.07.2020, 16:41 UTC 5h 29m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3004
EVA Cassidy, Christopher 21.07.2020, 11:12 UTC 21.07.2020, 16:41 UTC 5h 29m ISS-63 ISS - Quest EMU No. 3006

Photos

Soyuz MS-15 undocking Ivan Vagner onboard the ISS
Progress MS-13 Progress MS-14 unloading
Progress MS-14 unloading Christopher Cassidy onboard ISS
Cygnus NG-13 departure Canadarm2
HTV-9 grapple Crew Dragon SpX-DM2 approaching ISS
Crew ISS-63 including just arrived Dragon SpX-DM2 astronauts Russian segment of the ISS
Ivan Vagner and Anatoli Ivanishin onboard ISS Japanese segment of the ISS
Sunrise Ivan Vagner in sleeping bag
EVA Robert Behnken on June 26, 2020 ISS with Crew Dragon (as seen on EVA on June 26, 2020)
Douglas Hurley onboard ISS EVA Robert Behnken on July 01, 2020
EVA Robert Behnken on July 01, 2020 EVA Christopher Cassidy on July 16, 2020
EVA Robert Behnken and Christopher Cassidy on July 21, 2020 EVA Christopher Cassidy on July 21, 2020
Progress MS-15 arrival Beirut

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