ISS News: October 2007 Archives

Bad News From the ISS

Astronauts Spot Rip on Solar Panel, AP

"Spacewalking astronauts bolted a solar power tower to the international space station on Tuesday, completing an ambitious three-day moving process that ended with elation when the beam's giant solar panels began to unfurl. Their joy turned to concern, however, when a rip was spotted in the second solar panel. NASA needs to get the tower up and running to prevent malfunctioning station equipment from delaying the addition of a much-anticipated European research lab."

ISS Rotary Joint Surprise

Spacewalkers make disturbing discovery: metal shavings inside solar wing joint, AP

"Spacewalking astronauts doing construction work outside the international space station Sunday made a disturbing discovery: what appear to be metal shavings inside a joint that is needed to turn a set of solar power panels. The rotary joint, 10 feet in diameter, has experienced intermittent vibrations and power spikes for nearly two months. Space station managers were hoping a thermal cover or bolt might be hanging up the mechanism, which would have been relatively easy to fix, and were disheartened when Daniel Tani radioed down that metal shavings were everywhere."

Expedition 15 Comes Home

Expedition 15 Returns Home , NASA

"After bidding farewell to the Expedition 16 crew Saturday night, the Expedition 15 crew, Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov, boarded their Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft for the return to Earth. They undocked from the station around 3:14 a.m. EDT Sunday and landed in the steppes of Kazakhstan at 6:36 a.m."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10/21/07

"Instead of flying on the closed-loop-guided trajectory designed to reduce peak deceleration & heating while extending the downrange, the ballistic mode results in a steeper trajectory, ~2g's higher deceleration forces on the crew (7g max instead of 5g), and an undershoot of around ~250 mi. The crew was never in any increased danger, and the SAR (Search & Rescue) personnel did not require any additional time to reach the capsule, which they reportedly had in sight during parachute descent from ~4600m altitude down.]"

Space Station: Internal NASA Reports Explain Origins of June Computer Crisis, IEEE Spectrum

"Aboard the International Space Station, the three Russian computers that control the station's orientation have been happily humming away now for several weeks. And that's proof that the crisis in June that crippled the ISS and bloodied the U.S.-Russian partnership that supports it, has been solved. ... The critical computer systems, it turned out, had been designed, built, and operated incorrectly--and the failure was inevitable. Only being so relatively close to Earth, in range of resupply and support missions, saved the spacecraft from catastrophe."

Adobe Announces 2007 MAX Awards Winners, Adobe

"Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced the winners of the 2007 MAX Awards. Now in its fifth year, the global awards program recognizes innovative applications of Adobe software for creating engaging experiences. Adobe received nearly 600 entries from 30 countries in seven categories. Finalists in these categories also competed for a Peoples Choice Award selected by the MAX attendees. - In the Public Sector category the winner was NASA for its International Space Station: An Interactive Reference Guide."

NASA's Interactive Space Station Guide presentation

Space station partners bicker over closure date, AFP

"NASA administrator Michael Griffin has told space station partners that the US agency has no plans for "utilisation and exploitation" of the science research lab for more than five years after it is completed, Dordain said."

Editor's note: In situations such as this, I just have to say: who cares what Mike Griffin thinks or says? Seriously. He will most certainly be job hunting in 15 months and a new Administration - and a new Administrator - will be making (or reversing) such important decisions - not Mike Griffin.

Reader note: I actually spoke to several European space program leaders while in Hyderabad last week, and the questions were certainly in the air: what about ISS? what about the Moon? What about the Vision for Space Exploration? What about Dr. Griffin's programs and restrictive policies on international participation in lunar infrastructures?


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