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Re: Re: [sarex] ISS Transmissions



Robert:

Correct me if I'm wrong.

Skylab did not work very well. It was too small and it overheated because
someone forgot to design some thermal insulation. In fact it stayed for 7
months un-inhabited until they figured out to go back and juri-rig a solar
shade to make things barely livable. It was severely underpowered among
other problems.It is all docummented.

KF4VND

----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Oler <cvn65vf94@msn.com>
To: <fcosta@mail.telepac.pt>
Cc: <amsat-bb@AMSAT.Org>
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2000 6:09 PM
Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] 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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