MRPO Daily Status Report 07-20-02


GMT Date: 203

Calendar Date: 07/22/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 7

Payloads currently on-board ISS:
ADVASC, BSTC, InSPACE, MAMS, MEPS, MSG (facility), PFMI, SAMS, StelSys, STES-8, SUBSA and ZCG. InSpace will not operate during this increment.

Status:
MRPO payloads ADVASC, MAMS, SAMS, and STES 8 continue nominal unattended operations. BSTC, MEPS, StelSys, and ZCG operations have been successfully completed.

EXPRESS RACKS 1, 2 and 4 (ER1, ER2 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER3 is installed in the US Lab and will be checked out later. ER5 was checked out during Increment 4 and powered down.

ADVASC is downlinking nominal health and status data. Since no blooms were seen in photos taken on 7/18, more photos will be taken on 7/23.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is turned-off. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

MEPS successfully completed processing of samples on 7/18 and 7/19 and the payload was deactivated on 7/19. MEPS operations have been completed for Inc 5 and the Processing Chamber Module will be returned on 9A.

The MSG facility is currently powered down and is scheduled for activation on 7/23 to support the next SUBSA experiment run.

PFMI is stowed in the US Lab and is scheduled to operate in the MSG during Stage 9A.

SAMS equipment in all EXPRESS racks is operating nominally. The SAMS hard drive upgrade was successful and their EE booted successfully following a SAMS2 software upgrade on 7/19. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 is downlinking nominal health and status data. Deactivation of growth chamber six occurred on 7/19.

A SUBSA nominal experiment run will be conducted on 7/23.

ZCG furnace operations were terminated last Friday, 7/12, after 15 days of successful operation, and cool down ended on 7/20. ZCG is working with ARCTIC to have 7 ZCG's metal autoclaves placed into the ARCTIC freezer to prevent degradation.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 7 (7/22-7/28) - Preliminary planning is being based on approximately 25 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. Several MSG/SUBSA operations are planned.

Week 8 (7/29-8/4) - ADVASC and SUBSA operations are planned.
M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist

ACRONYMS:
ADVASC - Advanced Astroculture
BCSS -- Biotechnology Cell Science Stowage
BSTC-- Biotechnology Specimen Temperature Controller (General status information on this payload will include coverage of the following items of support equipment: BTR, BCSS and GSM)
BTR -- Biotechnology Refrigerator
ER1-- EXPRESS RACK 1
ER2 -- EXPRESS RACK 2
ER3 - EXPRESS RACK 3
ER4 - EXPRESS RACK 4
ER5 - EXPRESS RACK 5
GSM -- Gas Supply Module
InSPACE- Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates
MAMS -- Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System
MCOR -Medium Rate Communication Outage Recorder
MEPS - Microencapsulation Electrostatic Processing System
MSG - Microgravity Science Glovebox
PFMI - Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation
SAMS -- Space Acceleration Measurement System II
STES - Protein Crystal Growth - Single Thermal Enclosure System
SUBSA - Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules
ZCG - Zeolite Crystal Growth

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