MRPO Daily Status Report 10-23-02


GMT Date: 296

Calendar Date: 10/23/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 20

ISS:
Soyuz 5 launch has been tentatively set for Tuesday 10/30 GMT,. Docking with the ISS should occur on Friday.

STS-113/11A is tentatively scheduled to launch on Monday, 11/11. Docking with the ISS should occur on Wednesday.

Early today, the POIC successfully transitioned to an 11A database. Databases onboard ISS were also successfully transitioned to 11A.

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 and ER5 are available to support payload operations but are currently inactive.

CGBA was activated in ER4 yesterday in preparation for stowage of PGBA plants after they are harvested. 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. Initial harvesting of PGBA plants is scheduled for next week. At the locations where plants are harvested, seeds will be planted to begin a second crop.

PFMI processing run (#7) is scheduled for Monday 10/28. A second run (#8) has now been deleted due to the day earlier planned launch of SOYUZ 5. The PFMI hardware will be removed from the MSG and stowed on Wednesday, 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. All growth chambers have been activated.

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. one PFMI run is scheduled and the PFMI hardware will be stowed.

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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