MRPO Daily Status Report 2-13-03


GMT Date: 044

Calendar Date: 02/13/03

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 11

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

Status:
MAMS, SAMS and STES-10 continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. BSTC, CGBA, CSLM-2, InSpace, PFMI, SUBSA and ZCG are inactive. MSG is in a trouble-shooting mode.

EXPRESS RACKS 1, 2 and 4 (ER1, ER2 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER3 is currently powered down. ER2 power was turned-on yesterday to trouble-shoot laptop computer communications with the Rack Interface Controller (RIC). A bad computer card was identified and replaced in the ER2 Laptop to successfully re-establish communications with the RIC. ER5 is available to support payload operations but is currently inactive. ER1, ER3, ER4 and ER5 software upgrades have been accomplished. The ER2 software upgrade is not currently scheduled.

The MSG circuit breaker problem is continuing to be evaluated and trouble-shooting plans are being developed. Time is being allocated for performing trouble-shooting procedures next week.

InSpace Coil assemblies have been confirmed to be ready to begin test operations when it is feasible to install the payload in MSG.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently inactive. The ISS was boosted to a higher orbit yesterday and MAMS was active during this event. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

PFMI hardware removal from the MSG is contingent upon success of MSG trouble-shooting.

SAMS power was turned-off today to allow the filter to be cleaned. Following the cleaning procedure, all SAMS sensors in EXPRESS RACKS were returned to normal operations. The SAMS sensor in the MSG is currently turned-off. SAMS was also active yesterday during the re-boost of the ISS to a higher orbit. SAMS data is also available on 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.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 11(2/10-2/16) – Planning for this week was based on approximately 20 hours of crew time for NASA payload operations. The crew will continue unloading Progress 10. MSG trouble-shooting is being delayed beyond this week.

Week 12(2/17-2/23) – Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 21 hours of crew time for NASA payload operations. Unloading Progress 10 will continue and the crew will have two PAO events. MSG trouble-shooting is being planned several different times during this week.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
PSR 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
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
InSPACE Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates
MAMS Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System
MSG Microgravity Science Glovebox
PAO Public Affairs Office
PFMI Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation
PGB Plant Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus
PSR NASA Code U Physical Sciences Research Division
RIC Rack Interface Controller
SAMS Space Acceleration Measurement System II
SPD NASA Code U Space Products Development Division
STES Protein Crystal Growth - Single Thermal Enclosure System
SUBSA Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules
ZCG Zeolite Crystal Growth

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