[FPSPACE] How safe a haven?
thomsona at flash.net
Fri Feb 4 10:14:31 EST 2005
A little more on Krikalev's concerns. Question: If there were nine people
on ISS and a rescue Shuttle weren't available, how long would it take to
launch two Soyuzes to bring back six people and leave ISS with a hopefully
sustainable crew of three?
Feb. 3, 2005, 9:33PM
Cosmonaut questions space shuttle strategy
NASA says it will keep crew size at seven for its upcoming mission
By MARK CARREAU
Months before Discovery is scheduled to lift off, Sergei Krikalev, who
becomes the station skipper in late April, has asked NASA to consider
cutting Discovery's crew from seven to four. And if Columbia-like shuttle
damage forces an emergency rescue, he thinks two Soyuz capsules could do it
quicker than one U.S. backup shuttle.
"As soon as I knew the shuttle would fly during my (command), it became my
duty to work up all of these options to be sure I would not be faced with
two bad scenarios, and that is why I talked about this," Krikalev said
Thursday during a news conference at Johnson Space Center discussing the
six-month space station mission he'll share with American John Phillips.
"It's my concern, and I feel it's my duty."
The odds of a serious problem are low, admits Krikalev, who has spent 17
months in space. But he noted the outpost has struggled to sustain even its
two-man U.S. and Russian crews since the loss of Columbia two years ago
grounded NASA's shuttle fleet.
NASA intends to stick with its plans for a seven-member crew on Discovery's
mission, NASA spokesman James Hartsfield said Thursday.
"I believe the NASA management knows exactly what the risks are," Phillips
With a shuttle crew of four, Krikalev says Russians could rescue all six
space station crew members by launching a three-man Soyuz rescue capsule to
join another Soyuz already parked at the outpost. With a larger Discovery
crew, NASA would have to launch a backup shuttle or ask nine people to share
the station's cramped quarters for months, he said.
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