Skip to comments.The Air Leak on the ISS May Have Been Deliberate
Posted on 09/04/2018 4:02:13 PM PDT by grundle
Late last week, the astronauts aboard the International Space Station woke up to some distressing news: There was a leak somewhere on the station, and air was escaping into space. After an extensive search, the leak was finally found and plugged with tape and gauze, and the air pressure inside the station has been stabilized.
But now that the crisis has passed, theres a new concern for the astronauts and the space agencies that manage the station. How exactly did that hole get there in the first place? At first, the theory was that a stray micrometeorite collided with the station and punctured a hole in the wall, but examination of the hole itself suggests that it was made by human hands, perhaps deliberately.
Looking at a photo of the hole, it looks less like a puncture caused by a small meteorite and more like a hole that was purposefully drilled. That's not just a layman's observation either. Dmitry Rogozin, the Director General of Russias space agency Roscosmos, suspects that the drilling was done with the intention of causing a leak. There were several attempts at drilling, he said in televised comments, by a wavering hand.
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The butler did it.
Obviously, Donald Trump did it. LOL
Guy drilled a hole in the wrong spot while making the Russian part of the ISS and covered it up. Patch freezes and expands in space.
Someone wanted to go home early
Measure at least twice in space, drill once.
Shatner knows who did it but nobody will listen to him.
Yeppers. Not malicious, but a simple error. (Or a drunken error - same result is a misplaced hole.)
Then, he tried to cover it up so as to “not make a fuss, not cost (even more) money and delays.
Thanks grundle. Probably a Kaepernick fan, or opponent of Brett Kavanaugh, or some other Demwit crap like wanting to repeal (sic) the 2nd Amendment.
It certainly looks like a hole that was drilled.
Regardless of how the hole formed it looks like an easy fix. Run a tap through the hole. Spread some sealant on the threads of a bolt. And then install the bolt. You will get a durable and permanent seal.
In space, no one can hear you freeze.
Patched it with Adams Sour Gum ,LOL , the favorite Gum of the Russians
Have the ISS declared a national emergency...
Governor Moonbeam strategy...except not with wildfires.
This is why they always carry a can of Flex Seal on the Space Station.
Your fix sounds 100Xs better than theirs. Who the heck came up with tape and gauze?
Any muzzles on board?
The stampings may be similar to a method we used at a major US aerospace company to document a repair. We would ink stamp an area near a repair with the QA documentation method that allowed the repair.
A repair, by definition in MIL-STD-1520/ISO 9000:2000, may make a component functional but not in compliance to original engineering documentation.
In this case, the repair may have been a patch or plug that failed revealing the original defect.
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