ISS News: September 2005 Archives

NASA proposes space station be scaled down, Japan facility intact, Kyodo News

"The U.S. space agency NASA has presented to Japan a review plan to reduce the scale of the International Space Station, now under construction, while maintaining Japan's experimental unit for the station, the Japanese science ministry announced Friday."

NASA News Conference With Mike Griffin: Exploration Systems Architecture Study (Transcript)

"Well, good question. I think I just said this was not about taking money from the science programs for human space flight and it's not. The science program has not--in our forward planning, we do not take one thin dime out of the science program in order to execute this architecture. It is about re-directing what we do in the human space flight program."

Congressional Record Excerpt: NASA Authorization Act of 2005 - Senate - September 28, 2005

"Sen. Hutchison: To accomplish this, the legislation designates the U.S. segment of the International Space Station as national laboratory facility. It further directs the NASA Administrator to develop a plan, within one year after enactment of the bill, to establish a ground-based national laboratory structure that will be responsible for maintaining and operating the research capabilities in the on-orbit laboratory facilities."

Senate Approves Sen. Hutchison's NASA Authorization Bill

"The legislation authorizes NASA for Fiscal Years 2006 through 2010, establishes a policy objective of uninterrupted U.S. spaceflight capability and requires completion of the International Space Station (ISS)."

Editor's note: This may be a little hard for Mike Griffin to comply with - he is proposing a 2 year gap between Shuttle shutdown (2010) and CEV operations (2012) - a gap which many expect to widen over time. Moreover, with his plan to limit shuttle ISS missions to between 16 - 18, he will need to gut the baseline (Rev. G) definition (28 flights) of what a "complete" ISS looks like.

Strange Signals From Russia

Russia can independently operate ISS, RIA Novosti

"True, puny mortals also have their say. The United States has now decided to abandon the ISS program. From now on, Russia is the only country that can keep the ISS in orbit."

Elektron Still Offline

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 14 September 2005

"With the Elektron O2 generator still off (to be repaired tomorrow), Sergei Krikalev worked on the Russian BMP harmful impurities removal system, starting the "bake-out" cycle to vacuum on absorbent bed #2 of the regenerable dual-channel filtration system. Before sleep time today, the bake-out will be terminated. Channel 1 was regenerated last Monday."

"The Exploration Life and Medical Sciences (ELMS) Coalition has been formed to actively engage the scientific community in the public policy process. The current central focus is to assure the realization of the national vision to complete and utilize the International Space Station (ISS) for space life sciences research. The second objective is to maintain a robust NASA life sciences program. The third objective is to preserve the NASA Life Sciences community and extramural research."

"Why Are Space Stations So Hard?, 2005 MAPLD International Conference

"A Discussion of the Technical, Programmatic, and Political Factors That Have Lead To Successes and Failures Over the Last Three Decades and Implications for Future Private Sector and Government Facilities"

NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study: 28 Flight (Rev. G) ISS Assembly Sequence vs. 16 Flight Assembly Sequence

Editor's note: This chart was part of a series of internal presentations made at NASA during June 2005 on the progress of the Exploration Systems Architecture Study. Note the substantial decrease in ISS capability that would result if this was actually implemented.

NASA to reduce work on space station, Daily Yomiuri

"NASA likely will announce that most initial project plans, over which agreements have been made with the Japanese and other governments, will be stopped half-completed. Facilities that will need large supplies and other equipment used for low-priority experiments will be subject to the scaledown, according to the sources. Japan's planned facility also will be targeted for the cutback, the sources added."

Reader comment: "I don't know if this had already been detected or how newsworthy it is, but as of August 16, all Lockheed Martin employees and subcontractors working on the Astrobiology and Space Research Services Programs and Projects contract with NASA Ames Research Center have been formally notified of the invoking of the WARN act. This came from direction from the NASA contracting officer, reflecting the lack of committed Fiscal Year 2006 funding.


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