MRPO Daily Status Report 09-10-02


Calendar Date: 09/10/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 14

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, 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 remains un-powered but will probably be re-powered tomorrow for check-out of the recently installed smoke detector. Currently there are no active payloads requiring ER2 support so the un-powered period is not impacting science 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 down-linking nominal health and status data. The crew reports that seed maturity among the different pods varies from very mature to immature.

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

MSG is actively supporting the final SUBSA run today. All systems are nominal.

SUBSA run 8 (the 6th successful run), which is the final run in the current series, was initiated today and is progressing as planned. Completion of the fifteen-hour operation will occur tonight and removal and stowage of the SUBSA sample will occur tomorrow.

Following removal of the SUBSA sample, SUBSA hardware will also be removed from the MSG and stowed to allow PFMI to be installed.

PFMI hardware is scheduled for transfer into the MSG tomorrow and set-up for beginning operations in week 15.

All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks and in the MSG are operating nominally. 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 14 (9/9-9/15) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 16 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will perform robotic arm procedures during this week. ISS and Service Module thrusters will be tested and Progress will be used to reboost the ISS to a higher orbit on Thursday. Completion of SUBSA runs today and change-out of SUBSA and PFMI hardware in the MSG tomorrow are planned.

Week 15 (9/16-9/22) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 9 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will review plans for 9A joint operations and will begin 9A pre-packing activities. Two PFMI operations and removal of ADVASC fluid 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
ISS - International Space Station
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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