ISS News: October 2005 Archives

ISS Completion in 2006?

Editor's earlier note: That is what NASA's Human Spaceflight website says: "When did assembly start and how long will it take to complete the station?

The constuction [sic] of the International Space Station began with the launch of the first element, the Russian Zarya Control Module, on Nov. 20, 1998. Construction will require 43 space flights with three different types of launch vehicles. Completion is scheduled for approximately 2006."

Editor's update: Wow, another speedy website update - this one only took a few hours! The page now has a useless paragraph with far less information than it did before - even if it was out of date: "The construction of the International Space Station began with the launch of the first element, the Russian Zarya Control Module, on Nov. 20, 1998. In accordance with our Vision for Space Exploration, completion of ISS is scheduled for 2010." In other words, "it will be completed (whatever that means) when we finish it - and we don't know how we are going to do this - yet."

Editor's note: The following charts were part of a recent presentation made to various congressional delegations by NASA HQ staff. These charts document the considerable cuts NASA is contemplating in space station science.

Cut Shuttle - Gut Station

New NASA Plans Would Dramatically Limit Shuttle Flights And Halt Space Station Assembly, SpaceRef

"Two alternate approaches are currently under serious consideration - in real time - at NASA. One, the so-called "Serial Processing" option would reduce the shuttle flight rate to 2 missions per year, cut the workforce, stop building the ISS, and live with the consequences. The other approach would fuse current Space Shuttle, ISS, and Exploration development closely together such that existing capabilities could support emerging ones - all this serving to allow ISS assembly to continue further."

ISS Reboost Burn Canceled

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 19 October 2005

"Last night's ISS reboost was aborted when Progress 19 thrusters shut down after only 117 sec into the first of two planned burns.Preliminary indications from Moscow are that the thrusters fired as commanded, but that a subsequent loss of communication ("talk back") in the pressure sensing feedback loop within the Progress thruster system caused the premature shutdown."

NASA In Talks With Japanese About Nuclear Reactors on the Moon

"NASA Administrator Mike Griffin made a trip to Japan this week. Topics under discussion include NASA's new exploration architecture and the ISS. Specifically, talks were to focus on how the U.S. wants to change Japan's contribution to the ISS."

They're Back

Space Station Expedition 11 Crew Returns to Earth

"After traveling 75 million miles during six months on the international space station, Expedition 11 Commander Sergei Krikalev and NASA ISS Science Officer John Phillips returned to Earth today."

Editor's note: Breaking with tradition, it has now been revealed that a science officer was flown on the ISS who was not a Vulcan. However, John Phillips is apparently quite a Trekkie and managed to be very creative with all of the supplies STS-114 brought up last summer. [larger image]

NAS Review of NASA Strategic Roadmaps: Space Station Panel meeting

Editor's note: One of the more interesting presentations at this meeting will be by Peter Ahlf, Deputy Director, Requirements Division, ESMD - someone whom multiple NASA sources cite as one of the key people who shamelessly gutted ISS user (research) requirements - i.e. the underlying premise for the ISS. It will be interesting to learn what was cut - and why.

Soyuz TMA-7 Launches

Expedition 12 Crew Begins Trip to Space Station

"Commander William McArthur and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev, the 12th space station crew, launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan tonight to begin a 182-day stay in space. With them is American Greg Olsen, the third private citizen in space, flying under a contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency."

- NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 September 2005
- NASA Space Station Status Report 30 September 2005



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