ISS News: August 2008 Archives

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Computer virus in space - NASA astronauts get hit, Economic Times
Stowaway computer virus sent into orbit, Times Online
Password Stealing Worm Catches NASA Napping, InternetNews
Virus Found On Computer In Space Station, Information Week

Reports: Laptop infected with virus on space station, USA Today

"A laptop on the International Space Station is infected with a virus, according to SpaceRef, a website that covers the space program."

Virus Infects Space Station Laptops (Again), Wired

"NASA declined to name the virus, but, which broke the story, reported that the worm was W32.Gammima.AG worm -- a worm first detected in August 2007 that installs software that steals credentials for online games."

NASA Discovers Computer Virus Aboard the International Space Station

"Reader note: This information was discussed at the ISS 30P SORR last week:

Special Topic on Virus detected onboard

- W32.Gammima.AG worm. This is a level 0 gaming virus intended to gather personal information.
- Virus was never a threat to any of the computers used for cmd and cntl and no adverse effect on ISS Ops."

Virus Infects Space Station Laptops (Again), Wired

"NASA declined to name the virus, but, which broke the story, reported that the worm was W32.Gammima.AG worm -- a worm first detected in August 2007 that installs software that steals credentials for online games."

Space Station computer infected, Houston Chronicle

"A laptop computer aboad the international space station detected a virus with a low level threat late last month, NASA acknowledged Tuesday."

Cosmonaut Photographed South Ossetia From ISS, Aviation Week

"On Aug. 9 Cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko used a digital camera equipped with an 800mm telephoto lens and a video camera to photograph "after-effects of border conflict operations in the Caucasus," according to the ISS status report for that day published by NASA on its website."

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 9 August 2008

"Also working from the discretionary task list, Oleg Kononenko conducted another session of the Russian GFI-8 "Uragan" (hurricane) earth-imaging program, using the D2X digital camera with the F800 telephoto lens and the HVR-Z1J SONY video camera. Uplinked target areas were glaciers on the north slope of the main Caucasus Ridge, the Dombai region, after-effects of border conflict operations in the Caucasus ..."

Concerns Over Russia Grow

Discord With Russia a Worry for NASA, Washington Post

"[NASA Administrator Michael] Griffin made clear that he did not consider NASA's near-total reliance on the Russians in the future to be a good or prudent thing -- he called it "unseemly" -- but he said the agency lacked the funds to build a shuttle replacement more quickly. The waiver (which was first passed in 2005) has been endorsed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, but the Senate has taken no action on it."

Russia-Georgia clash prompts space station worries, AP

"Sen. Barbara Mikulski says the possible impact of the Russia-Georgia military conflict on the International Space Station is a "critical issue" that must be resolved. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Subcommittee that funds NASA, issued a statement today saying the Bush administration must work with Congress to find a bipartisan solution."

Russia-Georgia conflict could affect NASA funding, Houston Chronicle

"Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, who voted for the measure in the Foreign Affairs Committee, said NASA should now consider using the shuttle fleet past its retirement date. "We should look at whether there is any possibility of revisiting the space shuttle extension even for short period of time while we are in the middle of this political and diplomatic and military nightmare," she said. "It is difficult to engage in a nation when you have a sizable amount of disagreements."

Washington, we have a problem..., New Scientist

"The price might also be more than money. There's already a non-monetary problem on the US side: the Iran Non-Proliferation Act bars buying from the Russians unless the Russians stop helping Iran with its nuclear programme, and Congress is balking at giving NASA another exemption from this. Two can play that game. What if the Russian government's price for more Soyuz rides is that the US concede Russian control of parts of Georgia?"

Could the Russia-Georgia conflict jeopardize U.S. space plans?, Scientific American

"So what's the backup plan? That's the problem, experts said: There isn't one. Getting Orion ready faster isn't in the cards. NASA this week confirmed a report leaked last month when it announced that flat budgets and technical problems would delay testing of Orion until late 2014."

United Space Alliance Files Lawsuit Against ATK

"United Space Alliance (USA), NASA's prime Space Shuttle contractor, filed a lawsuit in Brevard County Circuit Court in Florida today against Alliant Techsystems, Inc., and ATK Launch Systems, Inc., seeking damages for fraud and breach of contract, and seeking an injunction against further piracy of USA employees with skills essential to flying out the Space Shuttle manifest.

... ATK concurrently undertook an aggressive campaign to hire critically skilled USA employees, who have been performing specialized work in support of both the Ares and Space Shuttle programs in order to solely perform work on Ares."

NASA contractors locked in legal battle, Orlando Sentinel

"According to industry officials, there is a possibility that if USA does not get satisfaction in its dispute, the company could stop work on preparations for next years test flight of ATKs Ares I-X rocket. The test rocket is considered an important step toward developing the complete Ares I rocket that is supposed to replace the shuttle by 2015. A delay in the test could impact the already behind schedule Ares I."

Editor's note: This certainly does not bode well for a smooth transition from Shuttle to Ares operations.

Experts: Reliance on Russia makes NASA weak, CNN

"Election-year politics combined with increasing concerns about Iran and the ongoing crisis in Georgia all but guarantee that lawmakers will not vote for the exemption, said Nelson. That means NASA could lose access to the $100 billion space station unless it continues to fly the shuttle or strikes some sort of deal with another space agency willing to put forward money for additional Soyuz seats, the Senator explained to CNN. "It is a lose-lose situation," said Nelson. "If our relationship with Russia is strained who knows if Russia will give us rides in the future?" Nelson continued. "Or if they give us rides will they charge such an exorbitant price that it becomes blackmail?"

US, allies weigh punishment for Russia, AP

"Scrambling to find ways to punish Russia for its invasion of pro-Western Georgia, the United States and its allies are considering expelling Moscow from an exclusive club of wealthy nations and canceling an upcoming joint NATO-Russia military exercise, Bush administration officials said Tuesday."

Russia May Turn Focus to Pro-U.S. Ukraine After Beating Georgia, Bloomberg

"Now that Russia has humiliated Georgia with a punishing military offensive, it may shift its attention to reining in pro-Western Ukraine, another American ally in the former Soviet Union."

Russian invasion threatens the Space Station, Orlando Sentinel

"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., acknowledged Tuesday that Russias five-day invasion of the Georgian province of South Ossetia makes it extremely unlikely that Congress will vote to exempt the Russian-built Soyuz capsule from a law that bans trade with nations that sell nuclear material to Iran. NASA had been counting on the waiver to enable it to continue carrying people and cargo to the space station after the space shuttle is retired in 2010. The Soyuz is NASAs only proven alternative to get to the station."

Editor's note: Right now Russians outnumber Americans on ISS - but wait, one of the "Russians" (the ISS Commander) was actually born in the Ukraine ... things could get complicated if Ukraine continues to openly side with Georgia and all of the political tension spills into how the ISS program is run ...

Bush says violence in Georgia is unacceptable, AP

"On Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney told Georgia's pro-American president that "Russian aggression must not go unanswered, and that its continuation would have serious consequences for its relations with the United States," Cheney's office reported."

Editor's note: Oh great - and these are the same Russians that the U.S. will have to rely upon for 5 or mre years to provide Americans with exclusive access to the ISS.

Plasma Reboost

Plasma Rocket May Be Tested at Space Station, Discovery Channel

"NASA is considering flying a prototype plasma rocket engine designed by a former astronaut to the International Space Station for testing, officials said Wednesday. The engine is called a Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, or VASIMR, and if that sounds like something you'd see on Star Trek, you're not too far from the truth."

HTV spacecraft could take off - Japan's transport vehicle eyed as replacement for U.S. space shuttle, Daily Yomiuri

"In February this year, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration made reference to the HTV in its budget message for fiscal 2009, saying it is possible it might purchase the HTV in the future. At a press conference one month later, NASA Administrator Michael Griffin expressed high hopes for the HTV, saying it was expected to make a large contribution in the supply of goods to the ISS."

Editor's note: Apparently the folks at the Daily Yomiuri are breathing their own fumes. NASA already responded to an earlier story 2 weeks ago and denied that HTV purchases are being considered.

Gutting COTS - Update, earlier post

NASA's Griffin Tells Forum Crowd There Are No Guarantees In Space Travel,

"The US and its partners have invested $100 billion in the [ISS]," said Griffin, "so it does seem short-sighted to not spend the $3 billion a year to maintain the Shuttle. " Directing his comments to the children in the audience, "Sometimes Washington does silly things."

What Mike Griffin *Really* Thinks About NRC's Space Station Report (2005 posting)

"I'm copying a bunch of folks on this note because it concerns the nucleus of a strategic problem for us in going forward with the VSE. Bottom line, we're going to have to answer the specific issues in this report. We're going to have to define the program of activity for ISS that obtains from it the utility that it can provide. We may NOT be able to fund that activity at present; I consider that almost a fact on the ground. But we can put in place the kind of peer-reviewed science that we WOULD do, given the money, and that we WILL do, when we can afford it."

Why the U.S. should return to the moon and venture on to Mars, (edited transcript), USA Today (2005)

"Q: In retrospect, was the shuttle program a mistake?
Griffin: My opinion is that it was.

Q: Was the space station a mistake?
Griffin: I would not have built the space station. We are now trying to change the path while doing as little damage as we can."

Editor's note: First the ISS and the Shuttle were "mistakes" (Griffin's own words). Now their imminent demise is "short sighted".



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