Keith Cowing: March 1997 Archives

From: Rotter, Hank A
Sent: Friday, March 21, 1997 9:55 AM
To: Sandars, George W.; Miller, C. Rick
Cc: Winkler, Eugene; Hoy, Mike; Brasseaux, Hubert J Jr.
Subject: FW: Mir Status Concern

ECLSS assessment of Mir hardware systems.

The Mir ECLSS systems are primary located in the Base (Core) Module and the Kvant Module. Active Thermal Control Core has two thermal control loops 1 is operating currently at reduced internal pressure. Radiator loop for heat rejection has lost auto control - manual control is being use and is acceptable for long periods (hours-weeks) at same attitude 2 is non operating has tubing leaks near pump package - plan to replace leaking tubing, when repair is plan-unknown. Radiator auto control still working with manual backup Kvant has one thermal control loop. Radiator flow lost. Loop has been connect to operating Core loop. Can be connect to either Core loop. Overall performance is slightly reduced.

Concern - leaks and flow problems indicates long-term corrosion problems that may quickly attack new replacements?? System health is marginal with long term problems. Performance marginal which drives desirable attitudes during periods of high Beta sun angles. Any additional failures could cause Mir to be abandon if fix cannot be implemented within a few days/hours.

Please describe these things in detail.


The other day, I published an editorial entitled "Dear Congress; Leave Dan Alone. I was tired of seeing Congress focus only on Dan Goldin as they vented their concerns about Russia's participation in the Space Station Program, instead of directing their dissatisfaction at the White House where political control of this issue firmly lies.

Well imagine my surprise when the very same people who would normally cheer me on as I take issue with anything having to do with the way Dan Goldin runs NASA immediately started sending me notes and calling to say that I was letting Dan off the hook too easily or that I was getting soft. All this after I had received compliments about my summary of Dan's most recent appearance before Congress from some of the very same people.

How interesting. I cut Dan a millimeter of slack about a meter?

Statement of Daniel S. Goldin
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
before the
Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
Committee on Science
House of Representatives
March, 3, 1997

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Subcommittee.

Last spring I told this Subcommittee about the amazing year NASA had completed. I reported that NASA had requested that the Administration provide the Agency a stable budget submission for FY 1997 and that the Administration had done that. NASA's FY 1997 budget request of $13.8 billion was the same as our budget in FY 1996. We had just completed 1995--a year of upheaval for NASA. We had made a commitment to the President to identify another $4 billion of savings in FY 1997-2000 and we delivered, bringing to $40 billion the savings in NASA's multiyear budget NASA has identified for the American taxpayer. The 1995 Zero Base Review had consumed the energy and attention of the NASA workforce. But the Zero Base Review was only partly about finding budget savings. At its heart was a fundamental challenge to the NASA workforce to prepare the Agency for the next millennium. To sharpen NASA's focus on cutting edge technology. To commit NASA's Centers to becoming Centers of Excellence. To do more with less by cutting out duplication and overlaps, and ensuring that NASA's energies are directed at those things only NASA does best. Let the private sector take over those activities that they are best equipped to do, and get NASA out of the way. The Zero Base Review was the sprint. Following that extraordinary exercise, we requested that the Administration provide us stability to catch our breath, to continue the serious implementation of new ways of doing business, and to continue to fulfill our promise to the American people--to deliver astonishing science and aeronautics missions which provide history-making discoveries. The President gave us that year.



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