ISS News: November 2006 Archives

Another Billion for USA

Space Shuttle and Space Station Operations Support and Shuttle and Station Related Constellation Program Effort - Letter Contract

"Contract Award Amount: NTE1131000000 [Not to exceed $ 1,131,000,000]
Contractor: United Space Alliance"

Problems With ISS Reboost

Discovery launch set for next Thursday, pending ISS issues, Spaceflight Now

"Russian engineers must resolve a problem that cut short a space station rocket firing today about three minutes into a planned 18-minute 22-second burn."

NASA workers snoozing on job, World Net Daily

Photos Released Of Space Workers Sleeping On Job, AP via WKMG

"The photos released on the watchdog Web site NASA Watch showed three employees at the Huntsville, Alabama, space center sleeping at consoles and a fourth playing an online card game."

Editor's update: At least no one was photographed reading NASA Watch... Here is yet another photo.

Editor's note: The following note - plus a number of pictures - was sent by a former NASA MSFC employee (using his real name) to a long email distribution list - one that includes media, astronauts, MOD personnel - and MSFC Center Director Dave King. I cannot vouch for the veracity of the claims this person makes, but the pictures speak for themselves.

Three photos of people (apparently) sleeping in the Payload Operations Center at NASA MSFC and one of someone apparently playing an online game of Gin while sitting at his console. [1] [2] [3] [4]

"I worked at MSFC for 5 years and these are the types of things I witnessed and documented. This is only a handful of people that I observed sleeping and playing video games. In addition to playing video games I also documented Teledyne Brown Engineering Employees surfing pornography sites, participating in online gambling, betting on fantasy football and playing video games for extended periods of time. Even though these were NASA contractors the NASA Payload Operations Director wasin the room and did not do anything to correct the problem.

Expedition 14 Planning

NASA Increment Definition and Requirements Document for ISS Increment 14 SSP 54014

"This document provides the assignment of flight dates, resources and accommodations, as well as defines the requirements for Increment 14 in Planning Period 6. Requirements are provided for both joint International Space Station (ISS)/mated vehicle operations and ISS-only continuous operations stages of the increment. The schedule for products (i.e., documentation, reviews, etc.) that must be developed to support Increment 14 is found in the Common Schedule Database (CSD)."

Oxygen Problems Concern Space Station Managers, SpaceRef

Editor's note: The Expedition 14 crew has been unable to get the Russian Elektron Oxygen generation unit to operate normally. As can be seen below this has been an ongoing problem with serious issues arising more than a month ago.The STS-116 mission is slated for launch no earlier than 7 December 2006.

Much Needed Elektron Parts, earlier post

Breathing Easy in Space Is Never Easy, IEEE Spectrum

NASA International Space Station De-crewing and Re-crewing Plan SSP 50715

"De-crewing of the International Space Station (ISS) could occur as a result of several scenarios including; major system failure (unrecoverable or resulting in emergency condition), medical emergency or related problem, or insufficient consumables. Each of these scenarios initiates a decision making process where the de-crewing event will be classified as "planned" or "unplanned" for discussion purposes in this document. The approach to de-crewing is directly related to the scenario classification and additional definitions provided herein."



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