[FPSPACE] Latest from NYTimes...Push for Shuttle resumption i n December?

DEMPSEY, ROBERT C. (JSC-DF25) (USA) robert.c.dempsey1@jsc.nasa.gov
Tue, 24 Jun 2003 09:14:34 -0500


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NASA management can make statements like this because the CAIB has been
relaying information as it goes along.  This is sort of a preview of the
report and NASA personnel begin studying right away how to make the changes.
Keep in mind that the conclusion that there are no enormous challenges is
preliminary.  Very frequently as you dig in to the serious aspects of a
engineering problem more issues are discovered then were apparent on a
preliminary review.  Doesn't mean they won't get done.  As to pressure...see
this quote:
 
The idea of a relatively prompt return to flight did not appear to disturb
Admiral Gehman, who has repeatedly noted that the existence of the space
station - which was not a factor after the Challenger disaster - creates an
incentive to fly quickly. He has raised the idea that some changes might
have to be made before the first post-accident flight, while others - still
important for the balance of the shuttle's operating life - might wait a bit
longer. Other improvements might wait until the successor to the shuttle, he
said.

All this means is that we will fly when ready.  It might be as early as
December if everything comes together in time.  It might not.  But I would
rather have some goal (i.e., return to ISS) rather then some arbitrary date
that could be continually pushed out (e.g., delay this or that repair option
due to budget issues since no critical requirement to launch ever).  As long
as you don't get "go fever" this is the proper way to proceed.

 


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Robert C. Dempsey                      JSC/4N/1012A 
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-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Pesavento [mailto:eagles267@wwainc.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2003 8:32 AM
To: fpspace@friends-partners.org
Subject: [FPSPACE] Latest from NYTimes...Push for Shuttle resumption in
December?


How can the NASA management say this, even before the report is out?  To
whit:   

"Even before the independent panel issues its report on the disaster that
claimed the space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven, NASA has
apparently concluded that no enormously time-consuming changes will be
required before the shuttle fleet returns to space, perhaps as early as
December."

Is there pressure to launch?  Didn't these Space Cats learn anything from
the Challenger disaster?  Or are we seeing here "Corporate Memory" Culture?
That is, lack of a memory of events beyond the immediately previous ten
years?

 


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<DIV><SPAN class=843230914-24062003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>NASA 
management can make statements like this because the CAIB has been relaying 
information as it goes along.&nbsp; This is sort of a preview of the report and 
NASA personnel begin studying right away how to make the changes.&nbsp; Keep in 
mind that the conclusion that there are no enormous challenges is 
preliminary.&nbsp; Very frequently as you dig in to the serious aspects of a 
engineering problem more issues are discovered then were apparent on a&nbsp; 
preliminary review.&nbsp; Doesn't mean they won't get done.&nbsp; As to 
pressure...see this quote:</FONT></SPAN></DIV>
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size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</DIV>
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<P>The idea of a relatively prompt return to flight did not appear to disturb 
Admiral Gehman, who has repeatedly noted that the existence of the space station 
- which was not a factor after the Challenger disaster - creates an incentive to 
fly quickly. He has raised the idea that some changes might have to be made 
before the first post-accident flight, while others - still important for the 
balance of the shuttle's operating life - might wait a bit longer. Other 
improvements might wait until the successor to the shuttle, he said.</P>
<P><SPAN class=843230914-24062003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2>All this 
means is that we will fly when ready.&nbsp; It might be as early as December if 
everything comes together in time.&nbsp; It might not.&nbsp; But I would rather 
have some goal (i.e., return to ISS) rather then some arbitrary date that could 
be continually pushed out (e.g., delay this or that repair option due to budget 
issues since no critical requirement to launch ever).&nbsp; As long as you don't 
get "go fever" this is the proper way to proceed.</FONT></SPAN></P>
<P><SPAN class=843230914-24062003><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff 
size=2></FONT></SPAN>&nbsp;</P></SPAN></DIV><BR>
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<BR><FONT face=Arial size=2>Robert C. 
Dempsey&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 
JSC/4N/1012A</FONT> <BR><FONT face=Arial size=2>(281) 
483-0915&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Command and Data 
Handling</FONT> </P>
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  size=2>-----Original Message-----<BR><B>From:</B> Peter Pesavento 
  [mailto:eagles267@wwainc.com]<BR><B>Sent:</B> Tuesday, June 24, 2003 8:32 
  AM<BR><B>To:</B> fpspace@friends-partners.org<BR><B>Subject:</B> [FPSPACE] 
  Latest from NYTimes...Push for Shuttle resumption in 
  December?<BR><BR></FONT></DIV>
  <DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>How can the NASA management say this, even before 
  the report is out?&nbsp; To whit:&nbsp;&nbsp;<!--StartFragment --><FONT 
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  <P>"Even before the independent panel issues its report on the disaster that 
  claimed the space shuttle Columbia and its crew of seven, NASA has apparently 
  concluded that no enormously time-consuming changes will be required before 
  the shuttle fleet returns to space, perhaps as early as December."</P>
  <P>Is there pressure to launch?&nbsp; Didn't these Space Cats learn anything 
  from the Challenger disaster?&nbsp; Or are we seeing here "Corporate Memory" 
  Culture?&nbsp; That is, lack of a memory of events beyond the immediately 
  previous ten years?</P>
  <P><FONT color=#0000ff></FONT>&nbsp;</P></FONT></DIV></BLOCKQUOTE></BODY></HTML>

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