"Background: Administrator Griffin spoke with USA Today editorial board members and reporters on September 27. He discussed a wide range of issues, including how he believes the space shuttle and international space station should have been developed and run differently. USA Today said Griffin called the shuttle and station "mistakes."
Shuttle News: September 2005 Archives
Editor's 19 Sep note: David Radzanowski at OMB (Office of Management and Budget) issued an action to NASA at the beginning of September asking the agency to provide him with an estimate of what shutdown costs would result from a termination of the Space Shuttle program in FY 2006. NASA provided a response to OMB on 9 September.
Editor's 21 Sep note: Reporters have been calling NASA PAO to get a comment on this NASA Watch posting. PAO's response is something along the lines of "we continue to hold regular meetings with OMB ..." i.e. no confirmation, no denial. Meanwhile, OMB PAO has been calling NASA and asking them what they should say in response to media inquiries and telling reporters to call NASA. Stay tuned.
Editor's 22 Sep note: The issue of whether or not to shut down the Shuttle program is still under discussion at the White House. The fact that the issue has not been dropped has a number of people involved rather concerned.
Shuttle Launch Not Likely Until May, NASA Boss Says, Washington Post
"Griffin acknowledged that "we're in a hole" but said it would not be cost-effective to abandon the shuttle because it would "decimate the workforce" needed to build the new spaceship and manage the spaceflight program, as well as "cause a lot of [other] collateral damage" that "wouldn't save much money."
Editor's note: Results from today's PRCB (chaired by John Shannon) include the following decisions: External Tank Processing will be done at Michoud. ET-119 will be off-loaded from the barge and ET-120 will be loaded aboard the barge. The Michoud NDE (Non Destructive Evaluation) team will be ready by 3 Oct. ET-120 will arrive at Michoud on 5 Oct. and NDE will start. The barge will return to KSC and pickup ET-119 and be back at Michoud around 20 October.
Katrina batters shuttle program, Orlando Sentinel
"NASA is unable to find about 1,000 workers from the Michoud Assembly Facility east of New Orleans where the space shuttles' external fuel tanks are built. The damage to Michoud and another Gulf Coast NASA center will cost the agency about $1.1 billion as it tries to repair buildings and find homes for those who lost everything when Hurricane Katrina hit Aug. 29, Bill Gerstenmaier, a NASA associate administrator, said Thursday."
"MSNBC.com has obtained an "extremely preliminary" planning document written by Wayne Hale, NASA's deputy shuttle program manager, in which he concludes: "Launch dates before the fall of 2006 may not be credible."
Editor's 31 Aug note: The following internal NASA email is part of the process whereby NASA Headquarters gets its numbers straight before it goes to OMB in early September to ask for an additional $5.5 billion over the next few years (FY 2006-2010) to cover previously unquantified costs. Part of the process is trying to understand where (and how) these costs originated in the first place.