MRPO Daily Status Report 10-15-02


GMT Date: 288

Calendar Date: 10/15/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 19

STS/ISS Joint Operations have progressed smoothly and has successfully accomplished all major objectives. The crew is having some off-duty time today and will be performing transfer operations and other internal activities. STS-112 is scheduled to undock tomorrow at approximately 8:15 a.m. CDT.

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

The Transfer of all MRPO payloads planned to be transferred from STS-112 to the ISS have been accomplished except CGBA. CGBA is scheduled for transfer later today. The CGBA Sortie Science Insert will remain on STS-112 for return.

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

The Transfer of all MRPO payloads planned to be transferred from ISS to STS-112 have been accomplished.

Payloads currently on-board ISS:
BSTC, InSPACE, MAMS, MSG (facility), PFMI, PGBA, SAMS, STES-7, SUBSA and ZCG.

Status:
MRPO payloads MAMS, PGBA, SAMS, STES-7 and ZCG continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, InSpace, MSG, PFMI, and SUBSA are currently inactive.

EXPRESS RACKS 1, 2 and 4 (ER1, ER2& ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER3 is installed in the US Lab and will be checked out later. ER5 was checked out during Increment 4 and powered down.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently turned-off but will be turned-on prior to STS-112 undocking. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

PGBA was transferred from the shuttle mid-deck to ER4 Friday and activated. Payload health and status data is nominal, however the planned downlink of video from the PGBA internal cameras today has not been successful. Trouble-shooting activities are in progress.

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-7 and STES-8 were exchanged in ER4 Friday and all six growth chambers of STES-7 were activated. Payload health and status data is nominal. STES-8 continues to be powered on the STS Mid-Deck for return.

ZCG was activated Saturday and is operating nominally. The payload will be deactivated after 15 days.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 19 (10/14-10/20) – CGBA will be transferred from the shuttle mid-deck and installed in ER4 today. STS-112 undock is planned for tomorrow 10/16. No other MRPO payload activities are planned for this week.

Week 20 (10/21-10/27) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 11 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. CGBA will be activated in ER4 on Tuesday, 10/22.
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M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist

ACRONYMS:

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
CGBA – Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus
ER1-- EXPRESS RACK 1
ER2 -- EXPRESS RACK 2
ER3 – EXPRESS RACK 3
ER4 – EXPRESS RACK 4
ER5 – EXPRESS RACK 5
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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