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Re: Alike 911 unheard warnings retired NASA engineeralert president abt shuttle poor conditions

Yes, I have seen this guy.  He was on Fox News Channel on Fox and Friends
this morning.

His position is that the Shuttle should have an escape capsule that the
astronauts ride in.  Due to weight limitations, the shuttle could not carry
a capsule big enough for 7 people.  This is why the escape capsule idea was
scrapped in the first place.

His theory is that the automation of shuttle flight is good enough that the
shuttle could fly itself.  There is no need for pilots in his view.  You'd
remove the pilots and all you'd carry are mission specialists who would do
the research.  With 3 fewer people you could afford the weight of an escape

While he may be correct that the flight automation is so good it doesn't
need human intervention, I don't like it.  I think it's a crazy idea.  If
something goes wrong with the computer system, it's good to know there's a
person on board who can fly the thing.  Look at what happened aboard MIR
with the automated/remote control progress ship when it rammed the space

I was frankly, not impressed with this guy.  Instead of putting our efforts
into trying to shoe horn something into a 30 year old space craft, we should
be designing a new craft.  It's amazing to think that when I first heard of
the space shuttle program, I was in fourth grade!  And it had already been
in development for years at that time.  Right now, there is NOTHING in
development to replace it - just retired kooks with goofy ideas on how to
band-aid an old system.

There are two things I enjoy paying taxes for:  Defense and Space.



on 2/3/03 5:53 PM, Luc Leblanc (VE2DWE) at luclebla@sorel-tracy.qc.ca wrote:

> August 25 2002
> Don A. Nelson
> Office of the President of the United States
> Mr. George W. Bush
> I am a recently retired NASA aerospace engineer and it is my duty to inform
> you that our space shuttle
> astronauts are in eminent danger. Your intervention is required to prevent
> another catastrophic space
> shuttle accident...
> Mr. President, as you are aware NASA management has been lacking for a number
> of years. 
> Unfortunately, your new NASA administrator has failed to recognize the eminent
> space shuttle danger and
> has accepted the consul of the pre-existing NASA management...
> This moratorium must limit shuttle mission to flight crews that do not exceed
> four members...
> Or if this moratorium is ignore...we can watch in horror and shame as the
> astronauts face death...
> The French newspaper also report that NASA was aware of the potential danger
> of the shuttle fleet as per
> Don Nelson who was in charge of the security controls on the shuttle program.
> This retired engineer
> retired in 1999 has been involved into Gemini, Appolo, and shuttle programs.
> He start in Houston an airline
> security consulting company. The september 11 2001 attacks drive him to write
> to the president. He was
> since his retirement always critical towards NASA and he was inspired by the
> FBI agents who give
> numerous warnings to their boss regarding the terrorist risk prior to 911.
> He received two former reprimand for his actions and in december 2002 the
> presidential office send him a
> letter stating that there was no problems. In the same year the airline
> security national council issued a
> report signed by the council president Richard Blomberg who was hitting  the
> table in april 2002 just
> before resingning stating that he  has been never so afraid of the shuttles
> fleet security in years and the
> present aproach will undoubtly conduct to a futur danger.
> He was sticking to an escape pod idea for the shuttle but the idea was turned
> over due to financial
> restrictions. 
> I was watching the US news networks but never hear anything regarding this
> article and letter.
> Anyone hear something about it?

Jon Ogden
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