[FPSPACE] BBC Horizon "Guide to the Space Shuttle"...could theColumbia have been saved?

Anatoly Zak agzak at optonline.net
Wed Apr 25 08:37:52 EDT 2012


...because it would probably require lengthy modifications to the Progress¹
mid-section to carry unpressurized cargo. It would likely take the effort
beyond the capability of the Shuttle to keep its crew alive. However, if the
Shuttle was designed to dock, any available Progress in the launch schedule
could be sent up (in fact, M-47 was launched right after the accident:

 http://www.russianspaceweb.com/progress.html#m47

Anatoly Zak

P.S. Did Columbia had manipulator and EVA capability in this mission? I
vaguely remember that some Spacelab missions would not carry the arm and EVA
airlocks could be used (if not disabled) by tunnels to Spacelab or to
Spacehab.




On 4/25/12 6:14 AM, "James E Oberg" <jeoberg at comcast.net> wrote:

> Who says it had to dock? Even the simplest payload -- a metal box with grapple
> fixture -- could have been handled by 'Columbia' via EVA.
>>  
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>> Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 6:44 PM
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>> Subject: Re: [FPSPACE] BBC Horizon "Guide  to the Space Shuttle"...could
>> theColumbia have been saved?
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>> Purely  speculatively, it is possible to imagine Progress ship repurposed to
>> carry  some hardware to the Shuttle, but obviously, there was no time to
>> prepare such  a mission, especially when Columbia was not configured to dock.
>> 
>> Anatoly  Zak
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>> On  4/23/12 6:48 PM, "Gunter Krebs" <gunter.krebs at skyrocket.de>  wrote:
>> 
>>  
>>> Unfortunately this scenario was completely  impossible - there was simply no
>>> spacecraft available to be launched on an  Ariane towards the crippled
>>> Shuttle.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> 2012/4/23 James E Oberg  <jeoberg at comcast.net>
>>>  
>>>> .... a middle course would be launching life-extension supplies  on an
>>>> Ariane within two weeks to give time for preparing the next launch  better.
>>>>  
>>>> Anything wouyld have been better than doing  nothing.
>>> 
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