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ISS had a leak caused by Russian orbital module

Discussion in 'SpaceX' started by Grendal, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Grendal

    Grendal SpaceX Moderator

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    My favorite part: after they found the 2mm hole and were preparing to seal it, an astronaut just stuck his finger over the hole in the meantime.
     
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    I wonder how many fingers it would take to plug the leaks in the White House.
     
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    Something something shove a fist in it.
     
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    I want to know how you find a 2mm hole in a Soyuz!
     
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    From the article, quote: “The leak has been isolated to a hole about two millimeters in diameter in the orbital compartment, or upper section, of the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft," NASA officials said in a subsequent statement about the status of the repair work. "The rate of the leak was slowed this morning through the temporary application of Kapton tape at the leak site. Flight controllers are working with the crew to develop a more comprehensive long-term repair."

    For “Kapton tape”, read “duct tape”. ;)
     
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    Looks like the fix worked. It's held pressure perfect.

    "Flight controllers at their respective Mission Control centers in Houston and Moscow worked together with the crew to effect a repair option in which Soyuz commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos used epoxy on a gauze wipe to plug the hole identified as the leak source."
     
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    Wow. How sophisticated. ;) But whatever works!

    Pretty soon those Soyuz will only be used by the Russian cosmonauts.
     
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    Kapton tape - don't leave Earth without it.

    Or maybe that's - epoxy and gauze - don't leave Earth without it.

    :)
     
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  10. Grendal

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    The hole causing the issue.
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    The repair.
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  11. e-FTW

    e-FTW New electron smell

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    #11 e-FTW, Sep 1, 2018
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    That looks like a drill hole. Weird.
     
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    How does that happen? And from the inside?
     
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    e-FTW New electron smell

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    Quick plug for Robert Heinlein (from Rereading Early Heinlein, part 2 | Views from Crestmont Drive):
     
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    I’m unclear on why you say “from the inside”. The hole must have been caused by a micrometeorite impacting the vehicle from the outside.
     
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    Hole must have been drilled out for epoxy fix. I do not get why they are saying that it could have been an aging or lost seal- was there a hole before?
     
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    When the story originally broke they were discussing the hole showing signs of being made from the interior, rather than exterior. Something could have changed with more analysis, I don't know.
     
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    Okay, I didn’t see that discussion. I can’t imagine something occurring inside the Soyuz that could result in a 2mm hole but of course I know very little about the detailed design and operation of that vehicle. It just seemed to me that a micrometeorite was by far the likeliest explanation.
     
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    My guess based on facts:
    · The control-center registered a small air-leak on the station, and did not know where and/or what it was. The people on-board was at sleep.
    · The news leaked out (just like air ;) ) and the journalists started to speculate and wrote an article based on that.
    · The astronauts/cosmonauts wake up and was asked to try to locate the leak.
    · They did discover the 2mm hole.
    · The article was updated but they "forgot" to remove the speculation (word-count is word-count after all ;) )
     

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