MRPO Daily Status Report 3-28-03



GMT Date: 087

Calendar Date: 03/28/03

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, PFMI, SUBSA and ZCG are inactive. MSG is resuming nominal operations. InSpace is installed in MSG, and begins operations GMT 090 (Monday).

EXPRESS RACKS 1, 2 and 4 (ER1, ER2 & ER4) are currently powered and supporting payload operations. ER3 & ER5 are currently powered down. ER2 ARIS testing should be completed Friday GMT 087, ARIS snubber cups installed, and ER2 deactivated.

MSG was activated on GMT 086 (Thursday) to support the PFMI removal and InSpace Setup. These activities were executed as planned. MSG was deactivated after InSpace was installed. MSG Rack photography has been added to the task list for the weekend. InSpace experiment operations are scheduled for GMT 090 (Monday).

InSpace Coil assemblies were inspected GMT 084 (Tuesday) and found to be in good condition to support operations. InSpace hardware was installed in MSG GMT 086 (Thursday).
PFMI hardware was removed from MSG GMT 086 (Thursday).

MAMS is currently operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is currently inactive. MAMS is currently supporting a test to compare drag profiles for different solar array orientations. MAMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

SAMS data flow from all sensors in EXPRESS Racks is nominal following a brief interruption of data flow from two sensors so a test could be performed on Thursday. The ground team performed a test via ground commanding to determine the time required to reboot an electronics component in ER1. The SAMS sensor in MSG was removed and stowed GMT 086 (Thursday) as part of the PFMI removal procedure. A planned SDTO CEVIS hard mount test has been postponed until after the EVA. There is a Hammer event during the EVA to remove S1 CETA Light Stanchion. 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. Removal of PFMI from MSG and installation of InSpace was accomplished GMT 086 (Thursday).

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. One InSpace operation is scheduled during this week and additional opportunities are continuing to be explored.

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
CETA Crew Equipment Translation Assembly
CEVIS Cycle Ergometer Vibration Isolation System
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
STDO Station Development Test Objective
STES Protein Crystal Growth - Single Thermal Enclosure System
SUBSA Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules
ZCG Zeolite Crystal Growth

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