MRPO Daily Status Report 10-30-02


GMT Date: 303

Calendar Date: 10/30/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 21

ISS:
Soyuz 5 was launched on schedule last night 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).

The launch date for STS-113/11A remains soft but will be either 11/10 or 11/11. A firm plan is expected to be announced tomorrow. Docking with the ISS should occur two days later.

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 and STES-7 continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, InSpace, PFMI, SUBSA and ZCG 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. CGBA is to be returned on STS-113.
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 power was turned-on today to support removal of PFMI from the facility. MSG clean-up procedures will also be implemented by the crew and then power will be turned-off until after Soyuz 5 docks Friday.

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 Monday, however the problem was not corrected. Possible additional Video downlink trouble-shooting procedures are being evaluated. PGBA is to be returned on STS-113.

After successfully processing seven samples, one more than originally planned, PFMI hardware will be removed from the MSG and stowed today. Additional PFMI sample processing is planned during Increment 6.

All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are operating nominally. The SAMS sensor in the MSG is currently 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. STES-7 is to be returned on STS-113.

ZCG successfully completed operations Sunday and was deactivated after approximately 15 days. The autoclaves were removed and stowed yesterday and are to be returned on STS-113.

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. The crew will shift their sleep period approximately 6.5 hours earlier tomorrow in preparation for arrival of Soyuz 5 early Friday and the beginning of joint operations.

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 Saturday, November 9, for return.

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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