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hello NASA, using the old junk box?

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Jan Panteltje, Jul 25, 2005.

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  1. And it does not end here:
    From nytimes today:
    <quote>
    some 1,300 problems it found with Kapton wiring on the Columbia alone. Many
    areas of wire that were inaccessible were not checked, and the accident
    investigation board recommended that the agency "develop a state-of-the-art
    means to inspect all orbiter wiring, including that which is inaccessible."

    But the agency has quietly dropped plans to comply fully with the
    recommendation to develop new nondestructive testing technologies, largely
    because of the Bush administration's decision to retire the shuttle fleet by
    2010.

    The report assumed that the shuttles would be flying until 2020, as NASA had
    previously stated. The agency said the new system could not be ready before
    2009 and would cost too much.
    </quote>

    The kapton wiring (isolation) detoriates over time.
    I remember doing similar repairs myself on some other type of wire
    (rubber based) in the sixties.
    Shortly after we reported the thing 'beyond resonable repair' the place
    burned down (reason never found).

    So, will it fly?
    Place your bets!
    I am not volonteering after reading this, as it likely means there are
    *kilometers* of wire with damaged isolation in places like cable ducts
    etc. etc.
    Where the heat accumulates....
    Where any vibration will have it make contact with ground or other wiring.
     
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