MRPO Daily Status Report 07-25-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

GMT Date: 206

Calendar Date: 07/25/02

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.

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. The crew is planning to take additional pictures today that are focused on specific plants with blooms or seed pods.
MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is turned-off. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

The MSG facility is currently powered and supporting SUBSA trouble-shooting activities.
PFMI is stowed in the US Lab and is scheduled to operate in the MSG during Stage 9A.
SAMS equipment in all EXPRESS racks and in MSG is operating nominally. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 is downlinking nominal health and status data. Two of the six growth chambers have been deactivated.

The SUBSA team is continuing to trouble-shoot changing the Eurotherm controller set-point temperature. File transfer problems coupled with limited KU-band availability, and ground verification of the changes caused the test run planned for today to be delayed until Monday.

ZCG is working with ARCTIC to have seven of ZCG's metal autoclaves placed into the ARCTIC freezer to prevent degradation.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 7 (7/22-7/28) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 25 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. SUBSA trouble-shooting and test operations are planned.

Week 8 (7/29-8/4) - Preliminary planning is being based on approximately 12 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. ADVASC and MSG/SUBSA operations are included..

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist


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
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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