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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 23 March 2018 9.00am EDT

During the last week Chandra completed the observing schedule as planned.

During the evening comm pass on Mar 20 it was discovered that the ACIS B-side door mechanism was unexpectedly in an enabled state. This put the instrument in an undesired state where a single command could cause the ACIS door to close. A real-time procedure was executed to test the science instrument remote command and telemetry unit and then to command the ACIS B-side door mechanism to be disabled. The cause of this anomaly is under investigation, with a single event upset in the electronics being a possible explanation. There was no impact to ACIS science observations and ACIS has operated nominally since the event.

Another real-time procedure was executed earlier on Mar 20 to perform a full-frame dark current readout of the Aspect Camera Assembly CCD during a standard one-hour comm pass. This was a second demonstration of an operational concept to obtain dark current data more frequently than the current cadence of four times per year.

Chandra passed through a 10 minute, penumbra-only lunar eclipse on Mar 17 with nominal power and thermal performance.

Of note this week was the release on Mar 19 of CalDB version 4.7.8. This upgrade includes updates for the ACIS T_GAIN files and the HRC-S GAPLOOKUP (degap) tables.

The schedule of targets for the next week is shown below and includes an observation of Jupiter coordinated with Juno.

        J0313-2546             ACIS-S       Mar 26
        SN2012aw               ACIS-S
        SN2013df               ACIS-S
        HZ43                   HRC-S /LETG  Mar 27
        J1421-0643             ACIS-S
        PSRJ1544-5308          ACIS-S
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        Radiation Belts                     Mar 28
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        J1046+0243             ACIS-S       Mar 29
        J1421-0643             ACIS-S
        PSRJ1738-3211          ACIS-S
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        SDSSJ211706.99-0643    ACIS-S
        J1421-0643             ACIS-S       Mar 30
        PSRJ1851-0053          ACIS-S
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        Radiation Belts                     Mar 31
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        3FGLJ1700.4-4019       ACIS-S
        J1421-0643             ACIS-S
        Jupiter                HRC-I
        Jupiter                HRC-I        Apr  1
        J1421-0643             ACIS-S
        PSRJ1819-1318          ACIS-S       Apr  2
        SN1987A                ACIS-S/HETG
        Radiation Belts


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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