[ale] OT: Space Shuttle Columbia
hbbs at attbi.com
Wed Feb 5 11:56:52 EST 2003
> Ugh. Maybe? My recollection is that there is a point in liftoff where the
> shuttle can achieve a low (but stable) orbit on two engines should the
> third fail, but that all three are needed to get off the ground
> (admittedly with some thrust to spare to allow for operational variance).
> So no, I don't think I missed your point.
You may be right about the main engines but I think my point still holds
up as far as the APUs and other redundant onboard systems.
> If I recall the Roger's Commission after the Challenger loss, there
> were/are 70 (or more) single points of failure _known_ for the shuttle
> design which would be expected to result in catastrophic loss of the
> mission. Apparently, as a physical fact, the shuttle can not fly and carry
> enough stuff to cover a fairly large class of options which are already
Maybe so. But, damage assessment is a place where the ball may well
have been seriously dropped. Even without an EVA suit, what about a
radio-controlled bogey the size of a basketball with some lights and a
really good video camera?
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