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MRPO Daily Status Report 10-09-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2002

Calendar Date: 10/09/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 18

STS-112/9A docked with the ISS today at 10:17 a.m. CDT. STS/ISS Joint Operations will last until Wednesday, 10/16.

Payloads being launched on STS-112/9A:
CGBA, CGBA Sortie Science Insert, PGBA, STES-7, and ZCG Samples

Payloads being returned on STS-112:
ADVASC, CGBA Sortie Science Insert, MEPS Samples, SAMS Hard Drive/Battery, StelSys, STES-8, and ZCG Samples

A CGBA Sortie Science Insert thermal control problem has been reported by the shuttle crew. Trouble-shooting procedures have been developed and are being coordinated for implementation.

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 MAMS and SAMS continue nominal operations. ADVASC, BSTC, MEPS, StelSys, SUBSA and ZCG operations have been successfully completed. STES-8 continues to be powered for thermal control but all growth chambers have been deactivated.

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER2 power was turned-off this morning to conserve energy during joint 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 was deactivated Monday and cables to the payload were removed and stowed yesterday in preparation for return of the growth chamber on STS-112.

ARTIC 1, which contains the StelSys samples is nominal. The StelSys samples will be transferred to a cryodewar Friday for return on STS-112.

The ZCG samples that have been stowed in ARTIC 2 were removed yesterday in preparation for return on STS-112.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady and HiRAP modes. HiRAP was turned-on prior to STS-112/9A docking. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

MSG power was turned-off yesterday following completion of PFMI sample # 6 processing Monday. There are no plans to re-power the MSG during joint operations.

PFMI sample #6 operations were completed Monday and the sample was removed from the thermal chamber and stowed yesterday. Additional PFMI operations are not planned until after completion of the STS/ISS joint operations period.

All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are operating nominally. The SAMS sensor in the MSG is turned-off. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 is nominal. The four remaining activated growth chambers were deactivated today before STS-112/9A docked with ISS. On Friday STES-7 and STES-8 will be exchanged and STES-7 will be activated.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 18 (10/7-10/13) – EVA #1 will occur on Thursday. Reboost #1 of ISS to a higher orbit and EVA #2 are planned Saturday. STES 7/8 transfer exchanges and STES-7 activation in ER4 are scheduled. Stelsys and ZCG samples are to be transferred to the Shuttle mid-deck. New ZCG samples will be transferred from the shuttle mid-deck and installed in the ZCG furnace, located in ER2, and activated. PGBA will also be transferred from the shuttle mid-deck, installed in ER4 and activated.

Week 19 (10/14-10/20) – Reboost #2 and EVA #3 are planned for Monday 10/14. Tuesday, 10/15, will be a crew off-duty day and 9A undock is planned for Wednesday 10/16. CGBA will be transferred from the shuttle mid-deck and installed in ER4.

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
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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