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Mission Operations Days: 2001/300 to 2001/306
October 27, 2001 00:00:00 GMT to November 02, 2001 00:00:00 GMT

See “Non-MODIS Significant Events” below for details.

Terra Spacecraft and MODIS Instrument Status:

Terra (AM-1) is in Normal Ops Mode
MODIS is in Science Mode - A Side
Component State(s) Comment
Blackbody A On (290 K); B Off Nominal
Calibration Electronics A On; B Off Nominal
Control Processor A On; B Off Nominal
Nadir Door Unlatched, Open Nominal
Space View Door Unlatched, Open Nominal
Solar Diffuser Door Unlatched, Closed Nominal
FDDI Formatter A On; B Off Nominal
FDDI Port A On; B Off Nominal
FIFO Memory #1 & #2 On; #3 & #4 Off Nominal
Format Processor A On; B Off Nominal
Power Supplies #1 On; #2 Off Nominal
PV VIS FPA A On; B Off Nominal
PV NIR FPA A On; B Off Nominal
PV SMIR FPA A On; B Off Nominal
PV LWIR FPA A On; B Off Nominal
PC LWIR FPA A On; B Off Nominal
RC Outgas Heaters All Off (CS, IS, OS) Nominal
RC LWIR FPA Heater On (83 K) Nominal
RC SMIR FPA Heater Off Nominal
Scan Assembly A On; B Off Nominal
SDSM A Off; B Off Nominal
SRCA A Off; B Off Nominal
PS1 Survival Heater Enabled Nominal
PS2 Survival Heater Enabled Nominal
Timing Generator A Off; B On Nominal
Flight Software Rev BD + 3 set of patches
  • FR Error Counting and Statistics (2 patches)
  • FR Band 5 Gain Change (20 commands)
  • FR BB Ideal Output Values (1 patch)
Inhibit Ids Set None Nominal
TMON 66 (SRCA A) Disabled Nominal
TMON 67 (SRCA B) Disabled Nominal
TMON 68 (FIFO) Enabled Nominal
TMON 69 (EPS Current) Disabled Nominal

This Week's Completed MODIS Activities:

Saturday, October 27, 2001


Sunday, October 28, 2001


Monday, October 29, 2001


Tuesday, October 30, 2001

2001/303 19:32:00 Drag Makeup Maneuver.

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

2001/304 21:21:06 ATC OA16: SDSM SCREENED
2001/304 23:00:00 ATC OA15: SDSM OPEN

Thursday, November 1, 2001


Friday, November 2, 2001

2001/306 12:19:50 Real-Time Cleared MOD_SS_CP_STATUS_06 warning flag.
2001/306 14:46:07 Real-Time Performed MODIS memory dump on FR error address
2001/306 14:47:26 Real-Time Performed MODIS memory dump on FR error address

This Week's Scheduled MODIS Activities Not Completed:


Upcoming MODIS Events:

MODIS lunar calibration/spacecraft roll maneuver scheduled for day 309/18:15:03 to 309/18:21:49.

Two SD/SDSM calibrations will be scheduled during the upcoming week.


The next Lunar Calibration roll maneuver is scheduled for day 2001/309 (November 5, 2001) with data collection from 18:15:11 to 18:21:41 (Space Craft roll time of 18:09:07 to 18:26:50). The roll angle will be -11.8237 degrees.

The topics of Terra's orbit inclination adjust maneuvers and eventual equator crossing time has resurfaced. Terra's equator crossing mean local time (MLT) requirement is 10:30 +/- 00:15. The current crossing time is about 10:35 and decreasing by 1-2 seconds per day. The orbit management talks have begun because, under current conditions, Terra will approach the SAC-C spacecraft very closely in April of 2002. Further details will follow as a finalized plan emerges.

MODIS Anomalies:

Formatter Error Events:

As of 2001/306, 02:00:00, the FR error counter (MOD_SS_CP_STATUS_08) has “rolled over” 56 times since the A-Side restart following the PS-2 Anomaly, and 54 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. At this time, the total number of errors seen is roughly 1.85 million.

The FR Error Rate roll over period appears to be approaching roughly an 11-hour period. The period decreases and increases based on cooling or heating (respectively) of the MODIS electronics from internal calibrations (BB, SRCA, and SD/SDSM) activities. However, once an activity has completed, and the MODIS electronic thermal balance returns to “non-activity” levels, the error rate returns to it previous 11-hour roll over period.

An error tracking spreadsheets have been updated and can be retrieved from:

An MS Excel spreadsheet called, AM1_FR_error_rollovers_MMDDYY.xls contains the data for the times each of the error count “roll over” occurs (with the MMDDYY denoting the date the spreadsheet was made on, the more recent date containing the most up-to-date information).

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:

Instrument temperatures across the board are rising slightly as of late, although the orbit beta angle has not yet reached its minimum.

Non-MODIS Significant Events:

The Network Communications Center (NCC) has been rejecting and/or canceling Terra TDRSS contact times (likely to support DOD satellites). This has resulted in at least one incidence of data loss.

On DOY 2001/292, at 18:11:37 there was a data loss due to contact scheduling problems (the reason described above). This resulted in 1,702,006 CADUs of MODIS Data being lost. (A CADU is 7168 bits.) MODIS was in FR Day Rate at this time, and the data corresponds to roughly 19:17 (MM:SS) of Day Rate Science Data.

The full Data Loss Report can be viewed at:

Select "Search Data Losses", and provide the following information:

Data Type: MOD Loss Start: 292/18:11:37

Then press the big SUBMIT button.

Limited Life Item Status:

SRCA 10W Lamp #1: 192.2 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #2: 146.6 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #3: 155.8 of 500 hours
SRCA 10W Lamp #4: 61.5 of 500 hours

SRCA 1W Lamp #1: 558.3 of 4000 hours
SRCA 1W Lamp #2: 276.3 of 4000 hours

Solar Diffuser Door: 1745 of 3022 Movements
Nadir Aperture Door: 532 of 1316 Movements
Space View Door: 437 of 1316 Movements