From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Henry Spencer)
Subject: lifeboats (was Re: Why not X-33?)
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2000 16:02:59 GMT
In article <39909F4B.E82956C6@ibm-pc.org>,
Jorge R. Frank <email@example.com> wrote:
>> You keep mentioning the safety issue. Has anyone been hurt in a Soyuz
>> capsule since the redesign of after the Soyuz 11 disaster?
>It's not a safety issue for a healthy crew. One of the goals of the
>X-38 is gentle return of an *injured* crewmember. Soyuz can't do that.
The question is whether gentle return is really necessary. As of a few
years ago, some preliminary studies indicated that high-G reentries are
*not* a major added risk for medical evacuation. About the only real
problem they cause is that they limit medical assistance to the injured
person for a few minutes.
At least one JSC paper said, very nearly in so many words, "low G doesn't
seem to be a real requirement, but we're going to insist on it anyway".
Translation, "we want to build a lifting body, and we will fudge the specs
to exclude all other approaches".
Microsoft shouldn't be broken up. | Henry Spencer firstname.lastname@example.org
It should be shut down. -- Phil Agre | (aka email@example.com)