MRPO Daily Status Report 10-04-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Friday, October 4, 2002

GMT Date: 277

Calendar Date: 10/04/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 17

ISS Information:
The 9A Shuttle launch has been delayed until Monday 10/7/02, at approximately 2:45 p.m. CDT, due to hurricane LILI’S anticipated impact on the JSC Mission Control Center (MCC).

In an unprecedented move, the MCC was shut down and evacuated Wednesday morning. ISS control functions were transferred to the TSUP at Moscow. Payload data downlink and commanding were not available. Power availability onboard the ISS was very limited due to solar array pointing being manually controlled. Many ISS systems and payloads had to be powered down to conserve energy.

The MSFC Payload Operations Control Center (POIC) went to a minimum staffing mode during the MCC shut-down period.

As the storm passed, the MCC work force began returning systems to normal operation. Late yesterday, the MCC and POIC worked together to re-establish communications between the centers and with the ISS for commanding and telemetry.

Essentially all payload systems were back to normal by 9:00 a.m. CDT today. While MAMS and SAMS did not receive data during this unusual period, there were no loss of science impacts to MRPO payloads.

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 was not planned to 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 RACK 1 (ER1) power was restored this morning and the rack is nominal. ER2 power remains turned-off but it is to be re-powered today. ER4, which houses the payloads that require continuous power, remained powered during the MCC shut-down and is nominal. ER3 is installed in the US Lab and will be checked out later. ER5 was checked out during Increment 4 and powered down.

ADVASC continued to be powered during the MCC shut down and is nominal. The payload has been configured for plant and seed dry-out for return on 9A. Deactivation will be delayed until after the 9A launch.

ARTIC 1, which contains the StelSys samples, and ARTIC 2, which contains ZCG samples, continued to be powered during the MCC shut down and they are nominal.

MAMS was powered down during the MCC shut down and was re-powered today. MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently turned-off. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

MSG power was turned-off Wednesday after completion of the PFMI sample processing and cool down on Tuesday. MSG is scheduled to be re-powered Sunday to support PFMI sample # 5 and sample #6 operations.

PFMI sample #4 operations were completed Tuesday and payload power was turned-off following cool down. Sample #4 remains in the thermal chamber and will be removed and stowed when the next sample is to be installed. Plans call for PFMI sample #5 to be processed Sunday, 10/6, and sample #6 to be processed Monday, 10/7.

SAMS was powered down during the MCC shut down and was re-powered today. All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are operating nominally. The SAMS sensor in the MSG is currently turned-off. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 continued to be powered during the MCC shut down and is nominal. 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 is now planned on Sunday, 10/6. The remaining MRPO payload activities planned for this week have been delayed pending launch of 9A.

Week 18 (10/7-10/13) – The plan for this week is being revised due to the 9A launch delay. An additional PFMI run (#6) is planned for Monday, 10/7, following removal of the sample from run #5.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist


ADVASC – Advanced Astroculture
ARIS--Active Rack Isolation System
ARTIC 1 – On-board Freezer
ARTIC 2 – On-board refrigerator
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
MCC – Mission Control Center
MEPS – Microencapsulation Electrostatic Processing System
MSG – Microgravity Science Glovebox
PFMI – Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation
POIC -- Payload Operations Control Center
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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