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Thanks for your postings, Arthur

Has anyone heard if ISS packet station will be reactivated?

The Carbon units will fail if not reminded....

73, Scott

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arthur Z Rowe" <n1orc@surfgate.net>
Sent: Friday, March 19, 2004 2:26 PM
Subject: [sarex] ISS STATUS REPORT #04-14a

>     Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC - Amsat #31468
> *International Space Station Status Report #04-14A*
> *2 p.m. CST, Friday, March 19, 2004*
> *Expedition 8 Crew*
> Heading into the homestretch of their 6½-month mission aboard the
> International Space Station, Expedition 8 Commander Michael Foale and
> Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri spent the week conducting biomedical
> experiments and performing maintenance on a key Station component.
> Foale and Kaleri spent two days replacing a liquids unit and a water
> flow system in the Russian Elektron oxygen-generation device in the
> Zvezda Service Module after weeks of troubleshooting efforts failed to
> coax it back into service. The Elektron produces oxygen for the Station
> atmosphere through electrolysis – the separation of hydrogen and oxygen
> from water that flows through a series of pumps and valves. The hydrogen
> is vented overboard.
> Russian specialists spent several weeks trying to track down the most
> probable cause for repeated shutdowns of the system after just a few
> minutes of operation each time. They concluded that particles of
> potassium hydroxide electrolytes – a by-product of the electrolysis
> process – that created air bubbles in the liquids unit, resulting in the
> unit’s repeated shutdowns, were the most probable cause of the problem.
> Since last Saturday, the crew has derived oxygen from solid-fuel oxygen
> generation (SFOG) canisters activated in Zvezda. The crew has been using
> an average of two SFOGs each day since available air and oxygen were
> depleted from tanks in the Russian Progress supply vehicle following the
> first shutdown of the Elektron.
> Russian engineers now plan to activate the refurbished Elektron Saturday
> for a few days of checkouts and diagnosis. If the Elektron repair proves
> successful, the SFOG canisters will no longer be needed. There is an
> ample supply of those canisters, as well as oxygen contained in the
> Quest airlock tanks, that could provide oxygen for the Station for
> several months.
> To accommodate the Elektron repair, a few lower-priority tasks were
> moved to other days, including routine proficiency training for Foale on
> the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
> On Friday, Foale did a leak check of the window in the Destiny
> laboratory. In January, a flex hose that helps to vent air from the
> inner panes of the window was found to be causing a minor pressure decay
> from the Station. Although the flex hose is operating normally, today’s
> check revealed a slight leak from one of the inner panes of the window.
> The leak will not affect the pressure in the Station, but it will
> require another venting procedure in the next week or so to prevent
> condensation buildup.
> Foale and Kaleri took advantage of the recently repaired high-tech
> treadmill to get in several rounds of intense exercise. A lengthy
> overhaul last week brought the system back into full operation.
> Foale spent some time this week conducting experiments with a cellular
> biotechnology device to test methods for improved cell culture growth
> and with a device designed to measure the forces imparted on the joints
> of the lower extremities and the feet in the absence of gravity.
> Foale and Kaleri also took time out from their schedule to answer
> questions from a syndicated talk show host from the Premiere Radio
> Networks and from students at the Howard Bishop Middle School in
> Gainesville, Fla.
> Information on the crew's activities aboard the Space Station, future
> launch dates, as well as Station sighting opportunities from anywhere on
> the Earth, is available on the Internet at:
> http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/
> Details on Station science operations can be found on an Internet site
> administered by the Payload Operations Center at NASA's Marshall Space
> Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., at:
> http://scipoc.msfc.nasa.gov/
> The next ISS status report will be issued Friday, March 26, or earlier
> if events warrant.
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