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Mission Operations Days: 2001/272 to 2001/278
September 29, 2001 00:00:00 GMT to October 05, 2001 00:00:00 GMT

Terra Spacecraft and MODIS Instrument Status:

Terra (AM-1) is in Normal Ops Mode
MODIS is in Science Mode - A Side
BlackbodyA On (290 K); B OffNominal
Calibration ElectronicsA On; B OffNominal
Control ProcessorA On; B OffNominal
Nadir DoorUnlatched, OpenNominal
Space View DoorUnlatched, OpenNominal
Solar Diffuser DoorUnlatched, ClosedNominal
FDDI FormatterA On; B OffNominal
FDDI PortA On; B OffNominal
FIFO Memory#1 & #2 On; #3 & #4 OffNominal
Format ProcessorA On; B OffNominal
Power Supplies#1 On; #2 OffNominal
PV VIS FPAA On; B OffNominal
PV NIR FPAA On; B OffNominal
PV SMIR FPAA On; B OffNominal
PV LWIR FPAA On; B OffNominal
PC LWIR FPAA On; B OffNominal
RC Outgas HeatersAll Off (CS, IS, OS)Nominal
RC LWIR FPA HeaterOn (83 K)Nominal
RC SMIR FPA HeaterOffNominal
Scan AssemblyA On; B OffNominal
SDSMA Off; B OffNominal
SRCAA Off; B OffNominal
PS1 Survival HeaterEnabledNominal
PS2 Survival HeaterEnabledNominal
Timing GeneratorA Off; B OnNominal
Flight SoftwareRev BD + 2 set of patches
  • FR Error Counting and Statistics (2 patches)
  • FR Band 5 Gain Change (20 commands)
Inhibit Ids SetNoneNominal
TMON 66 (SRCA A)DisabledNominal
TMON 67 (SRCA B)DisabledNominal
TMON 68 (FIFO)EnabledNominal
TMON 69 (EPS Current)DisabledNominal

This Week's Completed MODIS Activities:

Saturday, September 29, 2001

2001/272 22:45:01 Real-time Memory dump of formatter error event addresses
2001/272 22:46:27 Real-time Memory dump of formatter error event counts

Sunday, September 30, 2001


Monday, October 1, 2001


Tuesday, October 2, 2001

2001/275 18:51:00-18:51:24 FOT performs S/C drag make-up maneuver

Wednesday, October 3, 2001

2001/276 09:22:10 ATC OA-16: SD/SDSM Screened
2001/276 11:01:04 ATC OA-15: SD/SDSM Open

Thursday, October 4, 2001


Friday, October 5, 2001


This Week's Scheduled MODIS Activities Not Completed:


Upcoming MODIS Events:

Friday, October 5, 2001


Saturday, October 6, 2001


Sunday, October 7, 2001

280/05:15:00 - 05:49:00 Real-time FOT sets IRU to high rate (lower spacecraft attitude precision)
280/06:36:57 ATC Moved Formatter to Day Rate ahead by 03:23 to ensure 50/50 day/night data collection
280/07:10:46 ATC Set formatter to Day Rate
280/07:10:48 ATC Set SCIABNORM flag to ABNORM
280/07:10:50 ATC Set PV DCR computation to OFF
280/07:10:52 ATC Set PC DCR computation to OFF
280/07:10:54 ATC Set Sector Rotation to -3072
280/07:17:24 ATC Set Sector Rotation to zero
280/07:17:26 ATC Set PC DCR computation to ON
280/07:17:28 ATC Set PV DCR computation to ON
280/07:17:30 ATC Set SCIABNORM flag to NORM
280/07:17:32 ATC Set formatter to Night Rate
280/07:33:09 ATC Moved Formatter to Night Rate later by 03:23 to ensure 50/50 day/night data collection
280/05:15:00 - 05:49:00 Real-time FOT sets IRU to low rate (greater spacecraft attitude precision)

Monday, October 8, 2001


Tuesday, October 9, 2001


Wednesday, October 10, 2001

283/21:01:28 ATC OA-15: SD/SDSM Open
283/21:52:52 - 22:26:25 ATC OA-19: SRCA Full Radiometric
283/22:40:21 ATC OA-16: SD/SDSM Screened

Thursday, October 11, 2001

284/06:05:30 - 06:57:09 ATC OA-22: SRCA Full Spectral Part 1 of 4
284/08:00:56 - 08:35:41 ATC OA-22: SRCA Full Spectral Part 2 of 4
284/09:22:58 - 10:14:14 ATC OA-22: SRCA Full Spectral Part 3 of 4
284/11:17:00 - 11:54:58 ATC OA-22: SRCA Full Spectral Part 4 of 4
284/15:15:35 - 15:18:06 ATC OA-27: PV Ecal
284/15:18:35 - 15:23:06 ATC OA-28: PC Ecal

Friday, October 12, 2001



A drag make-up maneuver was performed on October 3rd, 2001. The next drag make-up maneuver may occur in as soon as two weeks.

The next Lunar Calibration roll maneuver is scheduled for day 2001/280 (October 7, 2001) with data collection from 07:10:54 to 07:17:24. The roll angle will be -11.3408 degrees.

MODIS Anomalies:

Formatter Error Events:

The FR error counter (MOD_SS_CP_STATUS_08) has “rolled over” 16 times since the A-Side restart following the PS-2 Anomaly, and 14 times since the latest string of errors started on August 15. This is a 16-bit signed counter, therefore it “rolls over” every 32,768 counts.

Overall, the error rate is increasing. Short term rate decreases are still observed during calibration activities such as this past week's SD calibrations. During the upcoming week, several calibrations are planned and the rate of error events will be monitored during this time to see the effect they have on the rate.

The IOT is currently tracking the dates and times the CP_STATUS_08 counter has “rolled” to monitor changes in the error rate. A brief MS Excel spreadsheet called, AM1_FR_error_rollovers_100901.xls is available for download from:

This files contains the date and time for each FR error count rollover as well as the error count at the start of each day (~00:00:00 GMT).

The current rate of FR errors is approximately 32,000 a day. As of yet, no problems with the science data have been reported. If the error rate continues to increase, there is the possibility of brief interruptions in science data as the FR attempts to deal with the large amount of errors. At present we have no indication to what this threshold level for science data loss may be and no configuration changes are planned until science data is affected.

General Instrument Comments:

MODIS is in Science Mode on the A-side with the SVD and NAD open, operating with the Formatter Resolution Flight Software Patches (FRFSP).

Note: SD/SDSM calibrations were planned to be reduced to once per two weeks. This plan has been revised; SD/SDSM calibrations will continue to be scheduled once each week until the end of November.

MODIS Telemetry Trends:

Current temperature trends are being compared to the spacecraft orbit beta angle which will be changing direction about November 1st. It is hoped that the change in beta angle will cause instrument warming which will decrease the rate of formatter error events. However, an increase in temperature may also mean a decrease in focal plane heater margin.

Non-MODIS Significant Events:


Limited Life Item Status:

SRCA 10W Lamp #1: 189.7 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #2: 145.3 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #3: 154.5 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #4: 61.5 of 500 hours

SRCA 1W Lamp #1: 558.2 of 4000 hours
SRCA 1W Lamp #2: 276.3 of 4000 hours

Solar Diffuser Door: 1721 of 3022 Movements
Nadir Aperture Door: 532 of 1316 Movements
Space View Door: 437 of 1316 Movements