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Re: Re: [sarex] ISS Transmissions

>From: "Francisco Costa" <fcosta@mail.telepac.pt>
>Reply-To: "Francisco Costa" <fcosta@mail.telepac.pt>
>To: "Robert Oler" <cvn65vf94@msn.com>, <kk5do@AMSAT.Org>
>CC: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
>Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] Re: [sarex] ISS Transmissions
>Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2000 22:16:07 -0000
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Robert Oler <cvn65vf94@msn.com
> >  Their stuff is technological junk.
>May I suggest you watch Discovery Channel special report about ISS.
>NASA Cheif Eng. has quite a different prespective on the subject.
>And I think he knows what he's talking about!
>Actually facts speak for itself. Or did you forget Skylab???
>Best 73
>F.Costa, CT1EAT
I dont understand your reference to Skylab.  Skylab worked "really well".  
It recovered from a launch problem (the port solar array went away) and then 
worked quite fine.  The NASA "chief engineer" is repeating the party line 
which is the Russians make a valued contribution etc etc.

If you want some datum point on how well their stuff works you might instead 
review some of the "task orders" for Mir.  Although Ivan did some 
interesting stuff there most of his time was spent "maintaining" the systems 
of the vehicle.  In other words it would be like taking a submarine to sea 
and simply maintaining the sub.  Now part of this can be blamed on no 
contiunal replacement...Mir's batteries for instance are shot...but a great 
deal of it can be blamed on bad design.

Now I am not a fan of ISS.  If you have purused Space News and other 
technical publications you will recognize my name as someone who has been an 
outspoken critic of "our" design.  But the fact remains (take a deep breath) 
that right now the space station is one fan away from everyone coming home 
because the Russian carbon dioxide scrubber which was supose to be brand new 
has already gone through well 5 years worth of spares.

I dont know what your background is but I have spent sometime at JSC, 
sometime doing "special" things for a military service in terms of 
spaceflight (no I havent flown in space) and that includes some time at STar 
City.  I've flown in "their" microgravity aircraft and done something most 
Americans havent done...I jumped out of it when they were finished.

In the end Ivan's stuff is "unique" but space capable...not.

Robert Oler WB5MZO Houston TX

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