Many folks would like to see us back on the Moon and developing its resources.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Good day, What will be will be - is that the way you see it?

I don't know if this post will have any meaning for you or not but here goes.

I mentioned the spacecraft Triana as an example of missions that can get derailed. Having mentioned Triana, fate would mention it again in relation to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

The LRO will need inertial measurement units, so order a couple from Honeywell. (and only Honeywell) Since they made the one for Triana, refurbish that one too. Probably not going anywhere sitting in the GSFC clean room.
- LRK -

NASA GSFC Solicitation: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Intertial (LRO) Reference Unit (IRU)

NASA/GSFC has a requirement for two (2) new Miniature Inertial Measurement Units (MIMUs), and the refurbishment of a previously purchased MIMU under the Triana program.

Now the notice I posted about Triana said there was a search going on back in 2002 for another way to launch it as going by way of the shuttle was now not acceptable. You see there was this earlier NEED to use the shuttle for launching things as it was declared this was the way to go. Don't launch on rockets. Then a shuttle accident and launching satellites from the shuttle was now a no, no, also.

Even though there were offers to launch Triana from other countries, that was not authorized. I sat in an interesting presentation from one of the scientists that was trying to get Triana launched. Time passes.
- LRK -

NASA considers foreign launch options for Triana
Posted: Fri, Feb 8, 2002, 8:06 AM ET (1306 GMT) Triana illustration
(NASA/GSFC) NASA is evaluating two proposals to launch the Triana spacecraft on foreign boosters, Space News reported Thursday. One proposal would launch Triana as a secondary payload on an Ariane 5; such a launch would be paid by a European national space agency in exchange in a scientific role on the mission. A second possibility is to launch it on a Ukrainian Tsiklon launch vehicle, arranged by an unnamed company trying to market the Tsiklon commercially. Triana is a mission that would observe the fully-illuminated disk of the Earth from the Earth-Sun L1 point, 1.5 million kilometers away.
The Triana spacecraft has been built but is sitting in storage since there are no foreseeable launch opportunities on the shuttle, which was the original launch vehicle for the spacecraft. Triana was proposed in 1998 by then-Vice President Al Gore, but faced strong Congressional scrutiny, including an order to stop work on the mission until an independent panel confirmed the mission's scientific validity.

Now we have had 9/11 and even more restrictions on what can launch on other countries rockets.

- LRK -

In my mail are requests to save other missions because going to the Moon without enough money for all the other things NASA was doing is putting a bite on the purse strings. Even though NASA is supposed to carry out the Presidents vision, it is also supposed to honor requests from congress for other desirable projects. When there is not enough for all, something gets cut.
- LRK -

We must seek innovative ways to leverage, to the maximum extent practicable, the investments being made by commercial industry and through international partnerships. We must plan executable programs with priority given to the required timing and affordability of needed capabilities. As I have testified previously to the Congress, we will go as we can afford to pay, and we will set priorities for our time, resources, and energy. For example, NASA's exploration architecture cannot afford the robust space nuclear R&D program that was previously planned. Thus, rather than engaging in them halfway, we have cut back those efforts. But because it is important in the long run, we will seek to leverage the work of other nations which have developed small nuclear reactors that could be applied to space.

What this means to me is that whatever the plans are now for going to the
Moon, I will not be surprised if the plans get changed, modified, stalled,
or canceled altogether.
- LRK -

What does it mean for you?

Do you add your voice to large organized groups that advocate going to

Do you start your own campaign and hope others will join you?

Maybe just accept, what will be, will be.

How do you "make it so"?

Thanks for looking up.

Larry Kellogg

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Date Released: Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Source: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA GSFC Solicitation: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Intertial (LRO)
Reference Unit (IRU)

Synopsis - Jan 10, 2006

General Information

Solicitation Number: RLEP-LRO-IRU--12-23-05
Posted Date: Jan 10, 2006
FedBizOpps Posted Date: Jan 10, 2006
Original Response Date: Jan 25, 2006
Current Response Date: Jan 25, 2006
Classification Code: A -- Research and Development
NAICS Code: 927110 - Space Research and Technology

Contracting Office Address

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Code 210.S, Greenbelt, MD 20771


NASA/GSFC has a requirement for two (2) new Miniature Inertial Measurement
Units (MIMUs), and the refurbishment of a previously purchased MIMU under
the Triana program.

NASA/GSFC intends to issue a sole-source Request for Proposal (RFP) to
Honeywell Incorporated, Space Systems Group. Honeywell shall deliver two (2)
new MIMUs and refurbish a previously purchased Honeywell MIMU, which was
purchased under the Triana program. Honeywell shall provide spacecraft
attitude rate measurements to the Attitude Control System, for science
grade, fine guidance and emergency Sun Acquisition mode support. The LRO is
required to possess redundant MIMUs and the MIMU Flight Spare units must
have identical form, fit and function as the new MIMU flight unit.
Honeywell, as the original vendor of the Triana MIMU, is the only source
that can upgrade the existing unit, and build identical Flight Units. The
refurbishment of the MIMU requires the detailed knowledge of Honeywell's
specific proprietary design. Further, Honeywell is uniquely qualified for
this contract because of their extensive expertise and experience with the
prior Triana MIMU effort. This combined with the adherence to the existing
project schedule is paramount for us to meet our launch schedule as
requested in the President's Vision for U.S. Space Exploration. To ensure we
meet our October 2008 launch date with acceptable technical and schedule
risk, the MIMU procurement must be awarded by early 2006. The estimated
period of performance of this firm-fixed-price (FFP) effort is approximately
14 months.

The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part
12. An Ombudsman has been appointed. See Notes 22, 26, and B.





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