Parts Failing Can Be Good

Turns out that one of the control moment gyroscopes that maintain ISS’s on-orbit attitude failed this weekend. This is actually a good thing: we build the Flight Support Equipment [FSE] that attaches a control moment gyroscope [CMG] to a Flight Releaseable Attachment Mechanism [FRAM], the do-it-all piece of machinery that’s almost as handy as duct tape.

Why is this good? Well, CMG is farther along than another one of our projects, which is going to get bumped to a later flight now that a CMG needs to be replaced. Schedule pressure alleviations are always a good thing in the aerospace business, so hey, this isn’t all bad. And it’s not as if ISS is going to crash in flames, either. 🙂