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The computer had no command and control or navigation functions, according to Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for space operations.
"The damage is very obvious. It's easy to detect. It's not a mystery to us," he said, according to AP.
Originally posted by natetron
Heard this on the 6"00 news, Thursday Aug 26th here in the SF Bay area.
The "news" specifically said that NASA stated, "The computer that was tampered with would have no effect on the mission."
Why? even as I heard this on the news it was like, ????????
What was the point of cutting wires on a system that doesn't effect the mission?
What was the system?
Originally posted by 3_Libras
Something about it all doesn't make sense....is it even possible to come up with a motive? Especially seeing as the contractors themselves alerted NASA of the damages...hmmmmm
Originally posted by V Kaminski
The system is by a company called INVOCON INC out of Conroe Texas, it's is called an External Wireless Instrumentation System or EWIS, the specific "box" tampered with is called an EWIS NCU or Network Control Unit.
No MSM' have this data online yet. They were content to ask NASA and get no answer. But this is ATS! Membership has it's privileges. We perform the very difficult immediately, the impossible takes only a moment or two longer.
Here's a link to the company who may or may not employ further sub-contractors, Invocon Inc. There's pics and a description of the EWIS NCU which is to be delivered to ISS on STS-118. Launch date Aug 7th 7:02PM EDT nominally.
OK. So what does an EWIS NCU do? Not much really. Got a wireless router? "Like" that in simplest terms.
It's like a "hub" or "switch" that takes strain and vibration data from the various spots on the P5 truss and collects and then sends that data wirelessly en mass to the avionics system and down to the ground when Ku band is available.
These strain guages measure "induced moment" and the avionics sytem discerns "how much" moment and can adjust attitude accordingly using either the ISS CMG's (Control Moment Gyros), ISS RCS (Reaction Control System) thrusters or Soyez or Progress RCS and when docked STS RCS.
If and when they get it all "combed" and scrubbed it will be pretty complicated.
The box that was "sabotaged" and it's spare are these EWIS NCU modules.
ATS: Access The Scene,
[edit on 27-7-2007 by V Kaminski]