MRPO Daily Status Report 09-30-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2002

GMT Date: 273

Calendar Date: 09/30/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 17

ISS Information:
Progress 9 docked with the ISS Sunday, 9/29.

The 9A Shuttle launch is planned for Wednesday, 10/2, at approximately 4:45 p.m. CDT. Docking with the ISS is planned Friday, 10/4, at approximately 12:15 p.m. CDT, to begin the Joint operations period. EVA-1 will occur on Saturday, 10/5.

Payloads being launched on 9A:
CGBA, PGBA, STES-7, Seed Culture (sortie), and ZCG Samples

Payloads being returned on 9A:
ADVASC, MEPS Samples, SAMS Hard Drive/Battery, Seed Culture (sortie), StelSys, STES-8, and ZCG Samples

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

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

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations.

R2 is powered to support ARIS activities. 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 payload has been configured for plant and seed dry-out for return on 9A. Photographs of the plants are to be recorded today. Gas samples are to be taken Wednesday and the payload will be deactivated if the 9A launch occurs as planned.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP was turned on prior to Progress 9 docking and turned-off today. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

MSG power was turned-on today to support the third PFMI sample operation. All systems are nominal.

PFMI sample run #3 operation was initiated today and is progressing as planned. The ground team is receiving excellent video of the sample as it is being processed. It has been determined that an additional PFMI run can be supported this week. When sample 3 is removed tomorrow, sample 4 will be installed and processed. Sample 4 will be removed Wednesday.

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. The four remaining activated growth chambers are to be deactivated after launch of 9A but before 9A docks with ISS.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 17 (9/30-10/6) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 12 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. An additional PFMI run will be conducted, ADVASC samples and deactivation will occur, STES 8 will be deactivated and transferred to the Shuttle mid-deck and STES 7 will be transferred to the ISS and activated. StelSys samples will be transferred to the Shuttle mid-deck.

Week 18 (10/7-10/13) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 8 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. Two additional EVAs will be conducted. ZCG processed and unprocessed samples will be transferred and ZCG will be activated. MEPS samples and SAMS equipment will be transferred to the Shuttle mid-deck. CGBA and PGBA will be transferred into the ISS. 9A undock will occur on Friday 10/11.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist


ADVASC - Advanced Astroculture
ARIS--Active Rack Isolation System
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
EVA - Extra-vehicular Activity
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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