MRPO Daily Status Report 11-19-02


GMT Date: 323

Calendar Date: 11/19/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 24

ISS:
The launch of STS-113/11A is now delayed until no earlier than late Thursday central time or early Friday GMT. A meeting is scheduled late Wednesday to assess launch readiness and a number of launch date options.

Payloads to be launched on STS-113/11A:
CSLM-2, STES-10, ZCG Autoclaves & Hard drives, InSpace Coil Assemblies

Payloads to be returned on STS-113:
PGBA, STES-7, ZCG Autoclaves & Hard drives

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 and STES-7 continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, InSpace, MSG, 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. ARIS hardware is to be installed in ER3 today.

CGBA health and status data is nominal. CGBA is to be returned on STS-114 (ULF1).

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. Downlink of video from the PGBA internal cameras has not been successful. PGBA is to be returned on STS-113.

Additional PFMI operations have been planned as a result of the STS-113/11A launch delay. PFMI hardware will be re-installed in the MSG tomorrow and PFMI run # 8 is to be started. The sample from run # 8 will be removed on Thursday and run # 9 will be started. The sample from run # 9 will be removed Friday. Removal of PFMI hardware from the MSG is contingent on launch of STS-113/11A.

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 are activated. All growth chambers are to be deactivated after the launch of STS-113/11A but before docking. STES-7 is to be returned on STS-113.

ZCG operations have been completed. The processed autoclaves have been removed and stowed in preparation for return on STS-113.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 24 (11/17-11/23) – The crew is continuing prepack activities and practicing remote arm procedures to be used during STS-113/ISS Joint Operations. The crew sleep cycle has been shifted ten hours earlier than normal in preparation for the planned arrival of the Increment 6 crew. STS-113/11A could possibly dock during this week. Two additional PFMI operations are planned.

Week 25 (11/24-11/30) – A replan of this week will be necessary after a firm launch date for STS-113/11A is established.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist

ACRONYMS:

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
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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