MRPO Daily Status Report 10-22-02


GMT Date: 295

Calendar Date: 10/22/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 20

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

Status:
MRPO payloads CGBA, 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.

CGBA was activated in ER4 today in preparation for stowage of PGBA plants to be harvested next week. CGBA health and status data is nominal.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently turned-off. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

PGBA health and status data is nominal, however the planned downlink of video from the PGBA internal cameras has not yet been successful. Trouble-shooting procedures, involving the swapping of the data cable and then reconnecting, have been added to the crew task list. PGBA health and status data was lost earlier today and then regained after power to the payload was cycled.

PFMI processing run (#7) is scheduled for Monday 10/28. A second run (#8) is also scheduled for Wednesday. The PFMI hardware will be removed and stowed on Thursday, 10/31.

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 health and status data is nominal.

ZCG health and status data is nominal. The payload is scheduled to be deactivated Monday, Oct. 28, after operating for approximately 15 days.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 20 (10/21-10/27) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 11 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. All MRPO payload planned activities for this week have been successfully accomplished.

Week 21 (10/28-11/02) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 20 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. ZCG will complete planned operations and be deactivated on Monday 10/28. PGBA plants will be harvested and historical photographs will be taken. Two PFMI runs are scheduled and the PFMI hardware will be removed from the MSG and stowed. Soyuz 5 is tentatively scheduled to be launched (10/30) and to dock with the ISS. Due to the recent loss of a Soyuz shortly after launch, the Soyuz 5 mission may be impacted.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist

ACRONYMS:

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
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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