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Bear Baiting

June 4, 2009

Comment in response to yet more poor reporting his time from:
http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/aerospace/space-flight/mars-is-hard/2
which spoils an otherwise excellent review of the problems in attempting a “Mars too Far” Mission.

“Shortly thereafter, cosmonaut Vasily Tsibliyev bungled a routine docking maneuver, sending an incoming supply ship crashing into the station; the collision knocked out power to half the orbiter. Tsibliyev soon developed an irregular heartbeat, which Russian psychologists attributed—no surprise here—to extreme stress. When his crewmates attempted to repair the power outage, someone—possibly the hapless Tsibliyev—mistakenly unplugged an onboard computer that sent the space station spinning. (Upon leaving Mir at the end of his six-month stint, the cosmonaut reportedly said, ”Thank God.”)”

Er NO!
1/No bungle. Not routine. Was a MC experiment in doing something in space that they were unable to do on the ground. I.e.manually dock a Progress without the Ukrainian made KURS automatic docking system. This second attempt was made under protest but under direct orders. Whilst MC tried to blame Tsibliyev (as does Guterl & Heger) NASA representatives Tom Stafford and Joe Engle finally got a retraction.
2/ Not “the hapless Tsibliyev” on July 16 1997 cosmonaut Alexander Lazutkin accidentally disconnected a power cable. One of 100 out of the 140 that had to be rerouted prior to the Spektr IVA.
http://www.nss.org/resources/books/non_fiction/NF_035_dragonfly.html has a good summary.
Chaper and Verse here: http://tinyurl.com/r78rv8
“Disasters and Accidents in Manned Spaceflight,”(David Shayler, 2000)
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To continue: Whilst Mir had her share of mishaps (and after 11 years of life who can blame her!) …she was an object lesson in making do and mending on the High Frontier. This space cadet would dearly love to see an International MIR II. (Or should that be III?)
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8064060.stm
“Russia ‘to save its ISS modules'” And, looking to 2025: http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/05/20/326773/2025-leo-shipyard-is-new-esa-roscosmos-goal.html
With another one in Low Lunar Orbit http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2008/04/23/223174/esa-considers-cislunar-space-station-for-lunar-exploration.html
Bearing in mind (sorry!) that Russia is still the leader in Station keeping (Who makes the toilets?) …and will soon be the only ticket into orbit; why does the  American Media continue to treat the Old Commies (and the New Commies for that matter) with such disdain? Inertia?

“Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.”
Tacitus
(Decline and Fall and all that…)

One comment

  1. Russia-bashing is still a popular sport… Guess it will take another generation or two to get over the Cold War!



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