posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 10:53 PM
This story and the "other" NASA story has masked another story or three, no four, wait, make that five that may be worth noting... but first****
****Clarification important - union troubles with AIM and the "sabotage" are unrelated - confirmed. Repeat: Not AIM union related as has been
speculated earlier in some other "MSM" news sources today.****
Yes, there are labour difficulties with the machinists union. Acrimonious, in fact. They don't do sabotage though. The tampering was off-site at a
sub-contractor. NASA-IG has the story clamped down.
S-3) Owing to a previous turbo-pump problem (galvanic corrosion) some work was performed on the 4500PSI turbo pump mainshells where they were unbolted
and had their thread inserts renewed and staked... petrol-heads will recognize this a a Helicoil-type repair. OK The problem is no one staked or
documented the tightening on the bolt-heads of one motor so... as Wayne Hale said today about Endeavour ,"Just like off the showroom floor - brand
Yes, Sir Mr. Hale we'll just hop right up there with a caliberated 3/4 drive torque wrench and a hammer and chisel and take care of that right out on
the launch pad. How about them "beyond service life" fire bottles Mr. Hale? Next flight? Yes Sir, No Sir, Yes Sir, I do like my job here. Right away
Sir. Hmmm, better use the big hammer.
S-4) You folks remember the train wreck where some SRB (Solid Rocket Booster) sections "fell off" this Spring and were damaged? Funny thing that,
the replacement sections that "were whipped up" up Utah-way kinda pronto-like for STS-118 are in the current SRB stacks with a different and second
batch of solid explosives which at one time violated safety protocols... (matched SRB builds) after Challenger, but not now. Endeavour is the
replacement for Challenger. OK. "Just like off the showroom floor - brand new."
S-5) Remember Challenger? Uh, SRB O-Rings have been identified as having unmixed bits of "white flecks" in the butyl compound as identified by
ultra-sound and X-Ray. It is unclear for some reason as to whether this flight has any of this batch of O-Rings. OK. "Just like off the showroom
floor - brand new.", maybe.
S-6) The NASA-IG and other elements within NASA have been implicated in poitically-influenced decision making.
But wait there's more...
S-7) Today's GAO report on NASA shows only $94 Million dollars in office equipment gone in the last decade. $9.4M poof! Each year.
S-8) How utterly calm and prepared the presenting members present at the Flight Readiness Review News conference were... they've been media-coached.
Absolutely ruthless-cool, like Snow.
S-9) Budget FY '08... lotta folks "going away" and not just on hiatus.
I won't even mention Constellation...
[edit on 26-7-2007 by V Kaminski]