Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Turkey Day!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Suitable for framing!

Anonymous said...

And yet I will bet that you would ever have the cojones to say this to the faces of the people you have depicted here.

kT said...

I would. As far as I'm concerned, if they're civil servants, they work for me. I'll say it right now. You fools set the United States space program back five years and $20 billion.

Thanks so much for your incompetent and self serving public service. I'd put it into my more infamous blunt terms, but it's thanksgiving, and this is rocketman's blog.

Anonymous said...

"Rocketman" made the mistake of repeating some things at work that were posted here and coworkers now have an ID solution completed. Gobble gobble.

kT said...

"Rocketman" made the mistake of repeating some things at work that were posted here and coworkers now have an ID solution completed.

And of course the only American thing to do is fire his ass for exercising his constitutionally protected freedom of expression and freedom of speech. Since NASA is a large private corporation that's perfectly acceptable, right?

That's how far America has fallen.

Anonymous said...

RocketMan made the mistake of repeating things at work? That's weak. Lots of people read this blog and tell their friends. Who cares who RocketMan is? I'd be more worried about if what he blogs is true or not.

Anonymous said...

Actually it would be very sad for Rocketman to be "outed". A wonderful channel into the dark heart of NASA would be closed. I often wonder just how many Rocketmen there are at NASA. That number is important for the future.

Anonymous said...

If he/she/it gets outted. Just make sure the name of the person(s) who did it gets posted. Such people would not like it if the very things they do at JSC/MSFC/KSC/HQ got posted.

People with little to lose normally let loose.

He/she/it has little to worry about.

Anonymous said...

Massive layoffs at MSFC are ahead. JSC too - maybe "Rocketman" will be among those laid off.

Anonymous said...

"Massive layoffs at MSFC are ahead. JSC too..."

Is that you, Cowling? Still sad that you had to turn RIFWatch into NASAWatch? Go back to your own vanity press and quit posting here.

Anonymous said...

Rocketman, if outed, won't be fired or separated from Federal service. If s/he is SES, s/he might be forcibly reassigned to a NASA research Center, or another organization such as a "loaned executive" to the United Way or the local Chamber of Commerce, or even as a "NASA Liaison" to another third tier agency.

If s/he isn't an SES, then to a harmless job at her/his own Center where no one will listen to her/him. Maybe a "facility manager", or the ISO rep, or the Blood Drive booster, or anywhere in the Safety and Quality Assurance organization. Anywhere that the job will be boring and irrelevant. Enough to make a person think seriously about early retirement or quitting.

Oh, and there won't be any notes in the official personnel file, which Rocketman and every other Federal employee is entitled to see. There will be notes in the unofficial file. This is the file that the Human Resources person consults everytime a supervisor asks "Why is the guy/gal being assigned to my org? Is there a problem?" And the HR rep will look at his shoes and mumble, "Well, I can't be specific, but there has been talk that s/he is a Trouble Maker..."

You see, they have ways of making you stop talking and telling the truth. You can guess how I know this.

Anonymous said...

Job cuts lie ahead at JSC, MSFC, KSC and elsewhere. Thanks for voting for Obama, folks

Anonymous said...

Feb/March 2009 is the decision point for Ares 1. Funding is 100% secure until then.

Anonymous said...

"Massive layoffs at MSFC are ahead. JSC too..."

That's BS. According to NASA's own docs, specifically page 27 of...

http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/281712main_Workforce%20_Transition%20_Strategy_Second_Edition.pdf

...MSFC is going to *grow* its total staff every single year from now thru 2013.

KSC is going to lose 4600 contractor jobs in the same period and 2500 will be going at JSC.

Most of the job losses come in FY11 but in that difficult year MSFC is projected to grow, going up by 900 additional jobs that year alone.

Get your facts straight before trolling.

Anonymous said...

The link got truncated. Cut, paste and re-connect this:

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Anonymous said...

Job cuts were inevitable at NASA/USA. The discontinuity in the Shuttle program assured that. If anything the extension of that program by a flight or two will suppress job losses.

There is no rational technical reason that ARES I need be built. It has no special capability above what already exists and is inferior in most aspects to the Atlas and Delta fleets. The already known vibration shock and thermal environments on Atlas/Delta as well as higher overall performance will also enable more rapid convergence on the Orion vehicle design which is trapped in an endless loop of redesigns due to the inadequacy of the ARES I. This should allow a more rapid transition to first flight and eliminates the need for pointless show and tell flight demonstrations. The LAS can be grossly simplified, propulsion systems drastically downsized, onboard systems enhanced and system capability expanded to address near term needs without absurd design compromises.

The wholesale modifications to the CX 39 systems can be halted or delayed until ARES V demands it. Given the lack of real scientific motivation for going to the moon and the near complete lack of tools for long term habitation this would seem to be delayed for at least a decade. Effectively this means the retirement of obsolete crawlers, pads, recovery systems and decaying infrastructure with a significant reduction in ongoing maintenance costs. The development of the J2, ARES I upperstage, 5 segment solid, new avionics as well as vibration suppression can also be halted. This is worth billions in savings and has no near-term impact to flight operations.

In the meantime NASA should learn to nurture the existing space industry by placing realistic contracts for launch services that enable a predictable business environment and encourage private investment beyond the whims of a few billionaires. This alone is a prime task for NASA and one that will challenge them immensely. But with industry as a full team member and not just a half-assed wrench turner executing sophomoric government designs NASA will gain the leverage to actually consider programs more ambitious than ISS. NASA should be tasked with demonstrating that they can economically support an ISS that does significant science while fixing broken hardware, enhancing capabilities and building international support. If NASA cannot support ISS for a predictable sum over a period of years then they cannot claim the abilities required to support lunar operations.

Most importantly NASA should get back to basic research to produce new technologies and tools that enable US industry to lead. The death of most of these technology programs at the hands of the Emperor was a stupid and shameful act. This work is less costly than giant single-purpose rocket ships and confers far greater economic benefit.

If NASA wants to go to the moon they better start with the crew landing and staying for months. Anything less is a waste of time. They should focus on what tools are required to make this a reality. The ESAS architecture is wholly incapable of meeting this need. But there are solutions that do enable this and at reasonable cost. They just don't look like Apollo on steroids.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't there something about striking me down and becoming more powerful than you can possibly imagine? If one of the Rocketmen is about to be beheaded, I say resurrect with the contrarians of change.gov. Seriously, they'd love you. Or go to work on one of the congressional science committees. They love people who know where the bodies are buried, yet use that knowledge tactfully.