MRPO Daily Status Report 12-02-02


GMT Date: 336

Calendar Date: 12/02/02

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 1

ISS/STS Joint Operations have gone as planned and are completed. All payload transfers have been accomplished. Undocking is planned today at approximately 2:05 p.m. CST.

Payloads being returned on STS-113:
PGBA, STES-7, ZCG Autoclaves & Hard drives, MSG PDC & ESEM-3.

Payloads currently on-board ISS:
BSTC, CGBA, CSLM-2, InSPACE, MAMS, MSG (facility), PFMI, SAMS, STES-10, SUBSA and ZCG.

Status:
MRPO payloads MAMS, SAMS and STES-10 continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, CGBA, CSLM-2, InSpace, MSG, PFMI, SUBSA and ZCG are currently inactive.

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER2, ER3 and ER5 are available to support payload operations but are currently inactive.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady and HiRAP modes. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

An additional round of MSG trouble-shooting has re-confirmed the Power Distribution Controller (PDC) has failed. The PDC and Exchangeable Standard Electronic Module 3 have been removed from the MSG and will be returned on STS-113. The MSG will not be able to support payload operations until the removed equipment is replaced.

PFMI hardware and a partially processed sample (#8) remain un-powered in the MSG which is currently inoperable.

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-10 health and status data is nominal. Unlike STES-7, which had growth chambers requiring crew activation and deactivation, STES-10 does not require crew operation activities. STES-10 uses diffusion controlled chambers that are active from the time they are loaded prior to launch until they are returned at the end of the increment.

Near-term Outlook:

Expedition 6 Week 1 (12/2-12/8) - The crew will have an off-duty day Tuesday. No crew activities are scheduled during the remainder of this week for MRPO payloads.

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
ESEM – Exchangeable Standard Electronic Module
EVA – Extra Vehicular Activity
GSM -- Gas Supply Module
InSPACE– Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates
ISS – International Space Station
MAMS -- Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System
MSG – Microgravity Science Glovebox
PDC – Power Distribution Controller on MSG
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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