MRPO Daily Status Report 12-04-02


GMT Date: 338

Calendar Date: 12/04/02

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 1

ISS/STS:
STS-113 landing is planned for today at approximately 3:00 p.m. CST.

Payloads being returned on STS-113:
PGBA, STES-7, ZCG Autoclaves & Hard drives, MSG PDC & ESEM-3, SUBSA samples and PFMI Video Tapes.

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 mode. HiRAP was turned-off yesterday. HiRAP was active during STS-113 undocking on Monday. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

MSG has experienced power distribution problems and is currently disabled. Parts were removed and are being returned on STS-113. MSG will not be able to support payload operations until the removed parts are replaced.

All SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are operating nominally. SAMS was also active during STS-113 undocking on Monday. 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. STES-10 is configured with diffusion-controlled chambers which require no crew operation activities.

Near-term Outlook:

Expedition 6 Week 1 (12/2-12/8) - The crew is performing post EVA activities and un-stowing baggage delivered by STS-113. In the absence of the MSG to support payload operations, significant crew time is being planned for Human Research Facility payloads. No crew time is scheduled during the remainder of this week for MRPO payloads.

Week 2 (12/9-12/15) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 13 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. On Monday, 12/9, the crew will perform ZCG preparation procedures to support initial operations on 12/16. The crew will prepare for and conduct an EVA on Thursday, 12/12. Two crewmen will go outside and the third crewmen will operate the robotic arm. The EVA is designed to perform a number of miscellaneous tasks on previously delivered hardware to prepare for future station assembly.
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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