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Operations CXO Status Report

Friday 28 July 2006 8.00am EDT

During the last week the observing schedule was replanned to include an observation of PKS 2155-304 that was accepted as a one day turn-around Target Of Opportunity (TOO) on July 27. Loads were replanned and uplinked on July 28. An observation of M17 was impacted by the TOO and will be rescheduled in a later load. Observations of SDS J1235+5910, Maffei 2 and A478 were added to the schedule as a result of the replan.

Several real-time procedures were conducted during last week associated with a flight software patch to add on-board monitoring of selected propulsion line and valve temperatures. On 25 July a patch was uplinked that replaced 21 of the Liquid Apogee Engine temperature readings (unused since the ascent phase) with 21 -Z side propulsion line and valve temperatures. A real-time procedure was performed during each contact with Chandra following the patch uplink to verify proper operation of the patch. On 27 July a patch was uplinked that implemented the new on-board monitor. Chandra has experienced decreased thermal margins as the mission has proceeded and the new on-board monitor will mitigate the risk of a frozen propulsion line by ensuring a transition to normal sun mode in the event that temperatures fall below a safe trigger threshold.

A realtime procedure was completed on July 27 to update the on-board Ephemeris.

The schedule of targets for next week is shown below and includes an observation of M31 coordinated with HST.

NGC 1507                ACIS-S       Jul 30
M31                     ACIS-I
1RXS J162526.9+455      ACIS-S
XMMU J132218.3-164      ACIS-S
AX J1733.9-3112         ACIS-I       Jul 31
Radiation Belts
M17 Pointing I          ACIS-I
M87                     ACIS-S       Aug 2
Radiation Belts
Kepler's Supernova      ACIS-S       Aug 3
Radiation Belts                      Aug 5
NGC 720                 ACIS-S       Aug 6
M17 Pointing I          ACIS-I


All spacecraft subsystems continued to support nominal operations.

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