MRPO Daily Status Report 1-17-03


GMT Date: 017

Calendar Date: 01/17/03

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 7

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, STES-10 and ZCG continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, CGBA, CSLM-2, InSpace, PFMI, and SUBSA are inactive. MSG is inactive/failed, awaiting replacement parts. MSG replacement parts have been manifested on Progress 10, currently scheduled for launch on February 2nd. A plan has been developed to maximize payload operations after MSG operational capability is restored.

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. ER5 software is scheduled to be upgraded today and the ER1 software upgrade is scheduled for Monday, 1/20 . Software upgrades will be incrementally accomplished on the other EXPRESS RACKS during the next two weeks.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently inactive. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

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. STES-10 is configured with diffusion-controlled chambers that require no crew operation activities.

ZCG furnace operations are continuing nominally. The planned fifteen-day run is scheduled for termination tomorrow. The ZCG samples will be removed from the furnace and stowed Monday, 1/20.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 7 (1/13-1/19) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 7 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. ER5 software will be upgraded today. ZCG furnace power will be turned off tomorrow.

Week 8 (1/20-1/26) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 19 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The ZCG control system will be powered down on 1/20 and the processed samples will be removed and stowed. The crew will inspect the InSpace coil assemblies to determine if there are any quality problems due to the delay of MSG operations. ER1 & ER4 software will be upgraded during this week.

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
CEVIS Cycle Ergometer Vibration Isolation System
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
HCOR High-Rate Communications Outage Recorder
InSPACE Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates
ISS International Space Station
MAMS Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System
MCOR Medium-Rate Communications Outage Recorder
MSG Microgravity Science Glovebox
OCR Operations Change Request
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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