Wednesday, February 26, 2014

High Visibility Close Call (Looked More Like Low-Visibility)

What's up?

I didn't catch the conference call, just the report post on it (because, you know, work - BOO), but I heard about the findings Sunday, although nobody went into detail. ILC was just stoked to say "WASN'T US!!"

So, for those of you that don't know, two separate entities make the EVA EMU (that's fancy talk for spacesuit - whay are you here again?). ILC Dover makes the part astronauts wear, and Hamilton Sundstrand makes the life support systems contained inside the "backpack."

The part that failed was from a fan pump separator in said backpack, which prevented the water from flowing as it should have. So, like your toilet, it backed up into Luca Parmitano's helmet, and accreted around his face. Now, I haven't had time to read the report, just skim it (and look at the pages upon pages of [NOT FOR YOUR EYES]), but I didn't see any company names mentioned. I don't know if they did in the call or not.

IDC; I'll tell you what's up.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

ILC Dover Talks What They Know Best

Today at Dover Air Force Base's Air Mobility Command Museum, ILC Dover Historian and all-around cool guy Bill Ayrey gave his yearly talk on - you guessed it - the spacesuit.
There wasn't anyone in my age group. In fact, other than the four young kids, it was all old people. But I'll bury my disappointment. This is about people enthused about space artifacts.
There isn't anything in the talk you can't find on ILC's website or Wikipedia, but that's not why we're there. We go to listen to Bill. The way he tells the story of the company and the life-saving equipment is magical.
If you've never heard him talk, well shame on you!