Operations Report – November 29th

MDRS Operations Report 27-29-NOV-2021

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Reason for Report: Routine

Non-nominal systems: One of the charge controllers appears to have frozen on ABSORB setting. I noticed it yesterday and confirmed it today.

Action taken for non-nominal systems: I was not able to reset it so I will equalize it tomorrow. I didn’t want to do anything to change the system until I tried to autostart one more time and equalizing it requires that charge controller to shut down and restart.

Generator: The power system is giving me no love. For three nights I’ve set the generator to autostart and it has not. I’m giving it one more chance before I give up and run it manually. The good news is that now that the propane installation had been corrected, I can do that if I need to. I reprogrammed everything back to use SOC as the parameter for the autostart and let’s see what happens tonight. If this doesn’t work, I’m going with Occam’s Razer and assuming the problem is in the power system’s wiring, as this is the second generator that won’t autostart. But we would need to wait until spring to resolve that as our installer is out of the country. I’ve been fighting this how many years now?

ScienceDome Dual Split: Off

Solar—Nominal, supplying all power

Solar— VDC Last 24 hours:

Average 51.37

Minimum 46.50

Maximum 58.80

Since the online system is not showing SOC, I am assuming my changes to the power system did not work. Should I just bang my head against a wall now?

Notes on solar: Nothing to report

Propane Reading, station tank – 46 %

Propane Reading, director tank— 28 %

Propane Reading, intern tank— 72+ %

Propane Reading, generator— 80 %

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 1 gallons

Water (loft tank): 40 gallons

Water Meter: not checked units

Water (static tank) – 300

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water in GreenHab – 20 gallons (not accessible)

Water in ScienceDome: 0 gallons

Water (Outpost tank) – 60 gallons

Hab toilet tank emptied: no

Perseverance rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Sojourner rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: no

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 350.1, 350.2, 300): Nothing to report

Reason for use: n/a

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: 0 gallons

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: Nothing to report

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, to town and to quarry with media team

CrewCar used and why, where? No

Luna used and why, where? No

General notes and comments: Propane company should be here tomorrow to switch out the three Amerigas tanks.

Summary of internet: All accounts are nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report

Campus wide inspection, if action taken, what and why? Nothing to report

Summary of general operations: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations: Turned on the main heater all day yesterday. No evidence of a propane leak.

Summary of Outpost operations: Nothing to report

Summary of GreenHab operations: I’ve been working in the GreenHab getting it ready for the next crew. Everything is growing well. I’ve turned on the old lights for the past three nights. They have not run as programmed. I changed the timer today to an older one and we will see what happens. We may need to order a new one.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: It’s good to see the dome open when I go out right before bed and first thing in the morning.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns, supplies needed and requests: Atila and Sebastian will be arriving tomorrow so this will be the last night I spend alone!