[FPSPACE] Tito flight delayed
Dwayne Allen Day
Thu, 05 Oct 2000 09:38:08 -0400 (EDT)
On Thu, 5 Oct 2000, Phillip Clark wrote:
> > Tito is now talking about postponing his flight from February to mid
> > 2001. This is according to MirCorp. If true, this is not good news for
> Logistically, this makes sense.
> It would mean that he would be on the spare seat with the replacement crew
> launched in mid-2001 and he would return 1-2 weeks later in the space seat
> with the crew that is being replaced.
> Otherwise he's up there for around six months or so.
Well, the problem is that MirCorp was talking about two short-duration
missions rather than two long ones. So supposedly this meant a 1-2 week
flight (with Tito) in February and another 1-2 week flight later in the
year. However, this was apparently prompted at least in part by his
insistence that he fly earlier in the year rather than June, so maybe they
persuaded him to go back to the original deal and maybe they still want to
keep to two short-duration missions and simply have him fly the second
But the longer it takes to get him up there, the longer it takes MirCorp
to cash his check. And it seems like Tito is the only person even close
to giving them any money.