ISS News: June 2005 Archives

NASA to Get INA Relief

Editor's note: In testimony before the House Science Committee today Mike Griffin revealed that the White House will release a letter today - also signed by Secretary of State Rice - addressed to the House Science Committee which addresses the Iran Nonproliferation Act. The letter addresses issues related to NASA and the ISS and asks for flexibility in its implementation.

A copy of the letter follows:

Lost in Space, Scientific American

"If NASA limits the number of shuttle flights to the station to six or seven--enough to finish the core assembly--the freed-up funds could bolster both human and robotic exploration. NASA could accelerate the development of the CEV and new heavy-lift rockets intended to launch components for interplanetary missions as well as modules for the space station. A 2004 study commissioned by the Planetary Society advocated exactly this strategy; one of the leaders of the study team, Mike Griffin, became NASA's administrator in April. We urge Griffin to put this plan into effect."

Planetary Society Report

Senate Commerce Committee Passes Sen. Hutchison's NASA Authorization Bill

"The NASA Administrator would be required to report to Congress on any changes to the number of shuttle missions planned to assemble and supply the station."

Congressional Record: S. 1281 NASA Authorization FY 2006-2010; Bill Text and Comments by Sen. Hutchison and Sen. Nelson

"NASA has said it cannot afford to continue to provide for all the research that has been planned for years to be accomplished aboard the International Space Station. It has begun the process of narrowing the scope of the use of the space station to those experiments that can contribute directly to the needs of the vision for exploration, and the support of human missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. This legislation states strongly that such a restriction on the range of research disciplines aboard the ISS is not in the best interests of the Nation, or of our partners."

NASA, Entrepreneurs to Develop Biotechnology Plan for Space Station

"NASA scientists and space service providers are meeting on June 21 and June 22 to develop a new entrepreneurial paradigm for the International Space Station (ISS) focusing on biotechnology applications."

15 June 2005 Letter from the Exploration and Medical Sciences (ELMS) Coalition to NASA (PDF)

"We are aware NASA's current path to not cancel space biology programs, but merely to postpone them. Unfortunately, postponment equals cancellation."

Editor's update: This ARC conference would seem to be a waste of time given that Mike Griffin fully intends to gut ISS Science - the very same science used as the underlying justification for building the ISS in the first place - again and again over the past two decades. Then again, Sen. Hutchison seems to have different opinion on this topic. Word has it that Griffin and Hutchison had a 'chat' about this specific topic within the past 24 hours. Stay Tuned.

Progress Cargo Craft Docks With International Space Station

"The docking was controlled by Station Commander Sergei Kirkalev using the Telerobotically Operated Rendezvous Unit (TORU). The automated Kurs docking system was not used because a problem with a Russian ground station prevented uplinking a command for Progress to begin the final approach."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 June 2005

"Update on Elektron: The onboard testing on Liquid Unit #5 (BZh-5) over the weekend has confirmed that the unit is indeed leaking nitrogen (N2) pressurization gas, and it has been declared no longer usable. TsUP is planning to have the crew perform more work on the remaining BZh-7 this week (6/9-10) before it can be retested. If the troubleshooting is successful, Elektron reactivation will be attempted after arrival of 18P (6/18), which is expected to deliver new filters for the Elektron's gas lines, but BZh-7 installation and electrolyte servicing will be done pre- 18P."

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 June 2005

"Update on Solid-Fuel Oxygen Generator (SFOG) candles: Two more SFOGs (Russian: TGK) were used today, both successfully. As of tonight, a total of 19 candles of the old set have been decomposed on board since 5/20 (total attempts: 29 [i.e., 10 failures = 34.5% failure rate, instead of expected 20%]). With the actual failure rate, TGKs currently on board last for 25 days. Progress 18 (arrival 6/18) is manifested to deliver 42 "new" SFOGs (zero failure rate) plus 110 kg (242 lbs) of O2."

GAO Report: NASA - More Knowledge Needed to Determine Best Alternatives to Provide Space Station Logistics Support

"NASA's 2004 assessment identified significant challenges associated with using alternative launch vehicles for space station assembly and operation. According to previous studies and our discussions with industry representatives, these challenges would likely preclude using alternative vehicles for assembly missions. However, NASA's assessment was insufficient to conclude that the shuttle was the best option for logistics support missions prior to the proposed retirement of the space shuttle in 2010."

Sen. Brownback Comments on GAO Report on NASA and Space Shuttle

"It's now clear that NASA had not done its homework on vetting space shuttle alternatives," Brownback said."



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