MRPO Daily Status Report 1-21-03


GMT Date: 021

Calendar Date: 01/21/03

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 8

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, PFMI, SUBSA and ZCG 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 was upgraded last week and ER1 software was upgraded yesterday. Software upgrades will be incrementally accomplished on the other EXPRESS RACKS during the next two weeks.

The crew inspected the InSpace coil assemblies today to determine if there are any quality problems that might affect planning MSG operations. One coil assembly was broken and the fluid had evaporated. The other five coil assemblies were intact and the particles were well dispersed after being shaken. Excellent video, with verbal descriptions were down-linked to verify the status of the coil assemblies.

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 completed a nominal 15 day furnace operation Saturday, 1/18. The samples were removed from the furnace and stowed yesterday. This completes ZCG operations for this increment.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 8 (1/20-1/26) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 19 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will participate in four Public Affairs Office activities. ER4 software will be upgraded this week.

Week 9 (1/27-2/2) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 12 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. ER3 software will be upgraded and ARIS 3 check-out is scheduled.

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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