ISS News: February 2005 Archives

Progress M-52 Heads for ISS

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 February 2005

"Progress M-52 (17P) launched on time (2:09pm EST) with resupply from Baikonur/Kasakhstan. After normal separation of the first, second and third stage of the Soyuz-U rocket, antennas and solar arrays were nominally deployed at orbit insertion (2:18pm). With that, the new cargo ship, of 7200 kg mass, with over 2000 kg of cargo, is on its way to rendezvous with ISS."

Action-reaction in space: the "gyrodine war" heats up, Jim Oberg, Space Review

"For almost a week there was no public NASA or Russian response to the report February 10 on Alan Boyle's "Cosmic Log" from an internal NASA status report. The "investigation has confirmed that at least one of the international space station's astronauts [and possibly both] roamed into a "keep-out zone" (or KOZ, in NASA-speak) during a spacewalk last month."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 February 2005

"A joint US/Russia investigation of the recent EVA-12 has determined that at least one crewmember inadvertently entered a designated keep-out zone (KOZ) during SM roll thruster activity (for CMG desaturation). Safety procedures are being modified on both sides to ensure future prevention of KOZ violation during spacewalks."

Close Call During ISS EVA

Spacewalk thruster incident alarms NASA, MSNBC

"Behind closed doors, the origin of what one source called a "major close-call incident" and NASA's reaction to it are the subject of concern within the space agency and between the space station's U.S. and Russian partners."

Spacewalk on the wild side, MSNBC

"After a round of denials from Moscow, a U.S.-Russian investigation has confirmed that at least one of the international space station's astronauts roamed into a "keep-out zone" (or KOZ, in NASA-speak) during a spacewalk last month. In a worst-case scenario, the spacewalkers' Russian-made Orlan-M suits could have become contaminated with toxic fuel from the station's thrusters. The internal NASA memo confirms James Oberg's report for MSNBC.com that the mistake raised concerns at the U.S. space agency, even though the Russians said "nyet problema" at the time."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 January 2005

"During the EVA, attitude control momentum again was observed to build up in the U.S. CMGs (Control Moment Gyros) from reacting to external torques, requiring control authority transfer to SM thrusters to permit gyro desaturation. Attitude control then returned to the CMGs."

Editor's note: Once again the ISS Science Officer has undergone a strange transformation on-orbit.


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