MRPO Daily Status Report 11-22-02

GMT Date: 326

Calendar Date: 11/22/02

Increment: 5

Stage: 9A

Week 24

The launch of STS-113/11A has been rescheduled for today, 11/22, at approximately 7:15 p.m. CST (327/01:15 GMT). Docking is expected to occur at approximately 4:20 p.m. CST Sunday, 11/24. Joint operations are planned for seven days, with undocking occurring Sunday, 12/1.

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:

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.

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.

MSG was activated Wednesday to support a PFMI sample run. The PFMI run was initiated and approximately 5 hours later MSG payload power failed. Several attempts to restore power to PFMI were unsuccessful and MSG operations were terminated. Problem assessment and planning for trouble-shooting is in progress. Preliminary assessment is that the Power Distribution Controller has failed.
Verification of this conclusion is in progress. Plans are also being put in place for the replacement of this component if it is shown to be truly the culprit. As it stands at this moment, the replacement will not be available until the ULF1 flight in MARCH/03.

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. No plant growth has been observed so far on the second crop.

PFMI run # 8 was terminated prematurely after approximately five hours due to a MSG power failure. Normal video coverage of the operation, which includes thermal profile data, was recorded and down-linked. The PFMI sample remains in the thermal chamber and can possibly be reprocessed. Discussions are in progress as to the disposition of the PFMI hardware in the MSG.

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 (11/18-11/24) – The crew is continuing preparation activities for 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. STES-7 will be deactivated prior to STS-113/11A docking Sunday.

Week 25 (11/25-12/1) – The main thrust of this week will be to install the third segment of the ISS truss which will require three EVAs. Reboost of the ISS to a higher orbit will also occur during this week. Supply and return payload transfers will be accomplished and undocking should occur on Sunday, 12/1.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist


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
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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