Status Report

MRPO Daily Status Report 09-03-02

By SpaceRef Editor
September 3, 2002
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GMT Date: 246

Calendar Date: 09/03/02

Increment: 5

Stage: UF2

Week 13

Payloads currently on-board ISS:
ADVASC, BSTC, InSPACE, MAMS, MEPS, MSG (facility), PFMI, SAMS, StelSys, STES-8, SUBSA and ZCG. InSpace will not operate during this increment.

MRPO payloads ADVASC, MAMS, and STES 8 continue nominal, basically unattended, operations. SAMS has two sensors that are not sending out data and the team is performing trouble-shooting procedures. BSTC, MEPS, StelSys, and ZCG operations have been successfully completed.

EXPRESS RACKS 1 and 4 (ER1 & ER4) are powered and supporting payload operations. ER2 remains powered-down today. Following the successful change-out of a faulty smoke detector, the rack grounding strap broke and must be replaced before rack power can be restored . ER3 is installed in the US Lab and will be checked out later. ER5 was checked out during Increment 4 and powered down.

ADVASC is downlinking nominal health and status data.

MAMS is operating nominally in the quasi-steady mode. HiRAP is turned-off currently.

AMS data is available on the acceleration measurement web page.

The MSG facility is currently powered down following completion of clean-up procedures last week. The facility is scheduled to be powered up tomorrow to support a SUBSA run.

The SUBSA team met with the Payload Safety Review Panel Friday concerning follow-on operations. Permission to resume SUBSA operations for four additional samples was granted by the panel and the next SUBSA run is planned for tomorrow.

PFMI is stowed in the US Lab and is scheduled to operate in the MSG following completion of SUBSA operations.

Two SAMS sensors in EXPRESS Racks are not sending out data and the team is performing trouble-shooting to restore data output. The other two SAMS sensors in EXPRESS racks are currently operating nominally. The SAMS sensor in MSG is currently powered down. SAMS data is also being posted to the acceleration measurement web page.

STES-8 is down-linking nominal health and status data. Four of the six growth chambers remain activated.

Near-term Outlook:

Week 13 (9/2-9/8) – Planning for this week was based on approximately 4 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew was off-duty yesterday for Labor Day. Post EVA activities will continue during this week. A SUBSA run is planned for tomorrow. Photographs inside the ADVASC growth chamber are scheduled to be taken on Thursday, 9/5.

Week 14 (9/9-9/15) Preliminary planning for this week is being based on approximately 16 hours of crew time availability for NASA payload operations. The crew will perform robotic arm procedures during this week. Three SUBSA runs are scheduled.

M. Vlasse, PhD, DSc
MRPO Increment Scientist


ADVASC – Advanced Astroculture
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
GSM — Gas Supply Module
InSPACE- Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates
MAMS — Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System
MEPS – Microencapsulation Electrostatic Processing System
MSG – Microgravity Science Glovebox
PFMI – Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation
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

SpaceRef staff editor.