MRPO Daily Status Report 10-28-02


GMT Date: 301

Calendar Date: 10/28/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 21

ISS:
Soyuz 5 launch is scheduled tomorrow evening at 9:11 p.m. CST (Wed.10/30, 0311 GMT). Docking with the ISS should occur Thursday night at approximately 11:00 p.m. CST (Fri, Nov.1, 0500 GMT).

STS-113/11A is now scheduled to launch on Sunday, 11/10. Docking with the ISS should occur on Tuesday.

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

Status:
MRPO payloads CGBA, MAMS, MSG, PGBA, SAMS, STES-7 and ZCG continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, InSpace, 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 health and status data is nominal. Payload power was turned off today to remove PGBA seed plugs to be planted and to stow seed plugs removed from PGBA. CGBA power was restored without incident.

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

MSG was activated yesterday to support an additional PFMI run. All MSG systems operated nominally. After completion of the PFMI run, MSG lap top and rack controller software updates were uplinked and installed in preparation for Increment 6 operations. The facility will be powered-down today.

PGBA health and status data is nominal. Downlink of video from the PGBA internal cameras has not yet been successful. Video downlink trouble-shooting procedures were performed by the crew today, however the problem was not corrected. Further Video downlink trouble-shooting procedures will be developed. Initial harvesting of PGBA plants was scheduled for today but the crew reported there were no plants to harvest. All seed plugs were removed and replaced with fresh seed plugs.

On Friday, 10/25, Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson offered to initiate an additional PFMI run on Sunday. A plan was developed to take advantage of the offer and PFMI processing run #7 was initiated yesterday and successfully completed today. The PFMI hardware will be removed from the MSG and stowed Wednesday, 10/30.

All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are operating nominally. The SAMS sensor in the MSG is currently turned-off but was active during the PFMI run. 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 successfully completed operations yesterday and was deactivated after approximately 15 days. The ampoules will be removed and stowed tomorrow.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 21 (10/28-11/02) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 20 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. ZCG ampoules will be removed and stowed tomorrow. PFMI hardware will be removed from the MSG Wednesday. Soyuz 5 will dock on Friday.

Week 22 (11/03-11/09) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 12 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. Soyuz 4 will undock for return Wednesday November 6.

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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