MRPO Daily Status Report 3-25-03



GMT Date: 084

Calendar Date: 03/25/03

Increment: 6

Stage: 11A

Week 17

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 shifting from trouble-shooting to normal operations.

EXPRESS RACKS 1, 2 and 4 (ER1, ER2 & ER4) are currently powered and supporting payload operations. ER3 & ER5 are currently powered down.

MSG power is currently turned off. Testing to isolate the circuit that caused an MSG circuit breaker to trip is considered completed for now. No anomalies have occurred during the many tests that have been conducted so normal operations are now going to be attempted again. MSG completed 26 hours of normal operations today with PFMI also powered (no sample heating). The recently installed left fan was also successfully checked out. Current plans are for PFMI to be removed and InSpace installed Thursday to prepare for InSpace payload operations.

InSpace Coil assemblies were inspected today and found to be in good condition to support operations. InSpace hardware is to be installed in MSG Thursday.

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

PFMI hardware will be removed from MSG Thursday and stowed.

SAMS data flow from all sensors in EXPRESS Racks is nominal. The SAMS sensor in MSG was turned-on yesterday as part of the MSG/PFMI test but is currently turned-off. 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 17 (3/24-3/30) - Planning for this week was based on approximately 10 hours of crew time for NASA payload operations. The crew will continue preparations for the recently defined EVA now being planned for week 19. Time is allocated for removal of PFMI from MSG and installation of InSpace.

Week 18 (3/31-4/6) - Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 14 hours of crew time for NASA payload operations. The crew will continue preparations for the recently defined EVA now being planned for week 19. InSpace operations may be conducted during this week.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
PSR 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
ESEM Exchangeable Standard Electronic Module
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
OCR Operations Change Request
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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