MRPO Daily Status Report 08-29-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

GMT Date: 241

Calendar Date: 08/29/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 12

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, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, MEPS, StelSys, and ZCG operations have been successfully completed.

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER2 is powered but is not currently supporting any active payloads. 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. Samples of ADVASC nutrients, condensate and gas were taken by the crew yesterday.

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

The MSG facility was powered-up yesterday to support clean-up of the work volume and the SUBSA thermal chamber. The clean-up procedure was successful in removing several particles from the work volume and from the thermal chamber. All MSG sub-systems operated nominally and the facility was powered down following completion of the clean-up.

SUBSA completed their third sample run 8/9/02. When removal of the SUBSA sample ampoule was attempted on 8/10/02, the ampoule broke. Since that time, SUBSA operations have been suspended pending management and safety reviews. Following the successful clean-up of the SUBSA thermal chamber yesterday, the SUBSA team is to meet with the Payload Safety Review Panel tomorrow concerning follow-on operations.

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 currently operating nominally. The SAMS lap top computer had to be manually rebooted today to restore data down-link after communications from the payload ceased late yesterday. The SAMS sensor in MSG is currently powered down. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 is down-linking nominal health and status data. Four of the six growth chambers remain activated.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 12 (8/26-9/1) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 7 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will be performing Post EVA activities for several more days. Today is a crew off-duty day. Time is allocated tomorrow (Friday) for additional MSG/SUBSA activities if required.

Week 13 (9/2-9/8) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 4 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will be off-duty on Monday for Labor Day. Post EVA activities will continue during this week. ADVASC photographs inside the growth chamber are scheduled to be taken by the flight crew on Thursday, 9/5.

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
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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