To: leadpenny; snopercod; bonesmccoy
8 - Thanks for the ping. What I do know, is that they are running out of pressure pretty fast. A few more weeks. They NASA, better get off their butts and do something - fast, or they will be abandoning ship.
this is ridiculous, that they don't have a plan, for something as simple and predictable as a leak, and closing off the compartment hatches. MY GOODNESS, THEY ARE STOOOPID!!! Two weeks of leaking and they don't even have a plan yet? A plan they should have had before the first launch? Shades of o-rings and falling off foam.
Everybody, cover your heads, and duck !!!!
"The cabin pressure continued to slowly fall as flight controllers in both the United States and Russian debated what to do next. One plan, not yet finalized, would have the two men on board, Russian cosmonaut Alexander Kaleri and NASA astronaut Michael Foale, closing the hatches on individual compartments one at a time in an attempt to isolate any potential leaks.
Mission Control stressed that even though the pressure was now down to 14.0 pounds per square inch, it was still safe for the crew and station operations. The threshold, however, for equipment failure not all equipment, just some is 13.9 pounds per square inch."
posted on 01/09/2004 5:15:44 PM PST
XBob said: "This is ridiculous, that they don't have a plan, for something as simple and predictable as a leak, and closing off the compartment hatches. "
It doesn't seem to make sense, does it?
Sealing the compartments would allow for eliminating many systems as the possible cause.
Additionally, while waiting until the proper time to repair the leak, it might be possible to pump atmosphere from the leaky compartment to the others. One could raise the pressure in the non-leaky areas, lower it substantially in the leaky area, and thus reduce considerably the amount of air lost to the leak.
If access to the leaky compartment was not needed often, it might be possible to extend by an order of magnitude or more the amount of time available to fix the leak.
Also, there is little mention of a reserve supply of atmosphere. I would think that pressurized tanks could have been used to store spare air and these tanks could be re-supplied periodically. After all, if you run out of air, what need is there of anything else?
Are there any Freepers who can supply an explanation for what we see happening?
This airleak problem is a big problem.
I find it difficult to believe that the loud noise heard in early December 03 is unrelated to the leak.
posted on 01/10/2004 9:31:52 AM PST
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