Boosting the Shuttle
- NASA selects telescoping pole for shuttle... Scott, W.B. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;4/11/88, Vol. 128 Issue 15, p31
NASA has selected a 9.8-foot telescoping pole crew escape system for space shuttle orbiters. It would allow astronauts flying under controlled conditions below an altitude of about 20,000 feet to bail out of the vehicle. Fit checks of a prototype pole are scheduled for completion soon, and...
- Ice clouds could threaten space shuttle... Covault, C. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;8/22/1988, Vol. 129 Issue 8, p83
Report on a NASA study of the possibility that unusual high-altitude clouds composed of glowing ice crystals could seriously threaten the space shuttle's thermal protection tiles and flight control during reentry. The potential hazard should not affect plans for shuttle mission 26 this fall;...
- NASA upgrades status of weather constraints.. Kolcum, E.H. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;9/26/88, Vol. 129 Issue 13, p67
Discusses the upgrades made to space shuttle weather criteria from guideline status to rules, so they now carry as much weight in the launch decision process as other critical shuttle systems and procedures. Changes, launch team and duties,launch equipment.
- Bailout system, engine limits shape... // Aviation Week & Space Technology;9/26/88, Vol. 129 Issue 13, p63
Discusses the addition of a bailout system and new data on space shuttle flight performance, and how they've effected changes in how shuttle aborts will be conducted in order to save the vehicle and crew in a serious launch emergency. Bailout decisions, escape pole and operation, approach aids,...
- How safe is commute to heavens in world's most complex... Spotts, Peter N. // Christian Science Monitor;1/26/96, Vol. 88 Issue 42, p1
Reports on the safety of space shuttle Endeavour, after changes of deep budget cuts and sweeping reorganization has been made to the space program. Effects of downsizing on shuttle safety; Improvements to shuttle's hardware; Use of high-pressure turbopumps by space agency; Explosion of space...
- Challenger/Spacelab 2 abort. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;7/22/1985, Vol. 123 Issue 4, p22
Challenger/Spacelab 2 abort on July 12 will delay at least 3 shuttle flights and force the program to adopt new measures ensuring that any future aborts occur only after true failures endangering flight safety.
- Columbia's extended turnaround. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;1/27/86, Vol. 124 Issue 4, p22
The Columbia mission 61C forced landing at Edwards Air Base on Jan. 18 has caused critical launch scheduling problems for the shuttle/Astro mission to observe Halley's Comet. It has also caused concern over potential impact to upcoming Jupiter missions, and has brought attention to the need to...
- Officials disagree on data. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;2/17/1986, Vol. 124 Issue 7, p24
According to a two-year-old Air Force-sponsored study, the chances a solid rocket booster would cause a shuttle catastrophe range widely from 1 in 21 to 1 in 99. By NASA's estimate, shuttle booster reliability is 90 to 99%. Study basis and findings.
- Astronauts make suggestions. // Aviation Week & Space Technology;4/7/86, Vol. 124 Issue 14, p23
Astronauts told the presidential commission investigating the Challenger accident that an independent review process is needed in the space program to separate key flight safety decisions from other pressures and to ensure the communication of safety issues to all involved elements. See also...