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Space Product Development Weekly Highlights - January 8, 2003

Status Report From: NASA Space Product Development
Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2003

Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing (CAMMP) - Zeolite Crystal Growth (ZCG) Spare Autoclaves

Dr. Albert Sacco, CAMMP Director, and the ZCG team successfully preformed ground commanding to activate the spare autoclaves on flight day 3 of Stage 11A, Increment 6. This will increase the commercial research return to ZCG by greater than 25%. The ZCG team commanded all the mixing for the ZCG furnace autoclaves from the ground. However, Commander Ken Bowersox manually mixed one autoclave and rotated the autoclaves to minimize bubble formation, which was first observed during clear autoclave operations. This will minimize excess surface area and thus reduce nucleation, which will greatly improve the crystals grown.

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