MRPO Daily Status Report 10-09-02


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.

Status:
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

ACRONYMS:

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
ER1-- EXPRESS RACK 1
ER2 -- EXPRESS RACK 2
ER3 – EXPRESS RACK 3
ER4 – EXPRESS RACK 4
ER5 – EXPRESS RACK 5
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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