MRPO Daily Status Report 10-11-02

Status Report From: Microgravity Research Program Office
Posted: Friday, October 11, 2002

GMT Date: 284

Calendar Date: 10/11/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 18

STS/ISS Joint Operations are progressing as planned and will last until Wednesday, 10/16. Yesterday’s robotic arm operations in conjunction with EVA#1 successfully attached the 45 foot S1 Truss to the ISS. After two very busy days, the crew is having some off-duty time today and will be performing transfer operations and other internal activities. EVA#2 is planned tomorrow to continue activating S1 Truss services.

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

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

Part 2 of the In-Flight maintenance procedure to correct the CGBA Sortie Science Insert thermal control problem was unsuccessful today. Part 1 had been implemented yesterday. Three experiments are contained in the insert. As a result of the thermal control problem, Experiment 1 science may be compromised, Experiment 2 science is assumed to be lost and Experiment 3 is expected to be completely successful.

MEPS and ZCG samples have been transferred from the ISS to the STS for return.

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, STES-8, SUBSA and ZCG operations have been successfully completed.

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. The ER2 grounding strap was replaced today and rack power is being restored in preparation for ZCG operations to begin tomorrow. ER3 is installed in the US Lab and will be checked out later. ER5 was checked out during Increment 4 and powered down.

ADVASC has been deactivated and the growth chamber has been prepared for return on STS-112.

The StelSys samples are to be removed from ARTIC 1, placed in a cryodewar and transferred to STS-112 for return today.

The ZCG samples that have been stowed in ARTIC 2 have been removed and transferred to STS-112 for return. New ZCG samples will be transferred from the STS, installed in the ZCG furnace and activated tomorrow.

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 has been turned-off following completion of PFMI operations and. there are no plans to re-power MSG during joint operations.

PFMI planned operations have been completed and payload power has been turned-off. Additional PFMI operations may be planned after completion of STS/ISS joint operations.

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 powered for active thermal control and is nominal. All growth chambers have been deactivated. STES-7 and STES-8 are to be exchanged in ER4 and all six growth chambers of STES-7 are to be activated today. STES-8 will continue to be powered on the STS Mid-Deck for return.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 18 (10/7-10/13) –Reboost #1 of ISS to a higher orbit and EVA #2 are planned Saturday. 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
CGBA – Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus
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
PGBA – Plant Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus
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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