July 21, 2000
Attention: Kevin Tan
Prema advised that you wanted another letter regarding our completion of the work in Shanghai…
This is to inform you that Audrey simulator was in working condition when we left Shanghai on July 14, 2000.
President and co-founder
July 20, 2000
Prema advised that you wanted a letter regarding our completion of the work in Shanghai…
1) We verified that the shipment of the Audrey simulator (including components and spare parts) was complete.
2) We repaired approximately $200 USD in damage to the frame, ceiling, and interior caused by shipping.
3) We successfully tested the systems, installed the software, and found it fully functional.
4) We successfully trained and tested ten (10) pilots and dock-masters to operate the simulation for the public.
We advised your staff there (Henry Lee) of the following problems…
1) The temperature was out of specifications for a long period of time. This not only delayed us in our work, but it may be the cause of numerous equipment problems that developed during our stay.
2) The power supplied to the Audrey simulator was delayed in being hooked up and then voltages supplied were out of specifications. This not only delayed us in our work, but it may be the cause of numerous equipment problems that developed during our stay.
3) The staff we trained was not as good at English as we had hoped and were not technically inclined. The training, therefore took longer but our instructor (Ian Lambert) felt that we were leaving it in “adequately capable hands.”
4) There was some theft and vandalism that occurred while we were there. Two cellular telephones were stolen, one from our site and one from Space Camp next door. One morning we found that our power boxes had been smashed and needed replacement. Our breaker box had a short when someone cut the wires, which almost resulted in a fire. Our tape measure we brought disappeared but was replaced by your staff there.
The following known problems were left in the hands of the staff there…
1) The flexible ducting we required was installed as flexible aluminum ducting that was not designed for continuous motion and was ripping when we left. I advised the staff that the “flexible ducting” required was of a vinyl composition used for A/C on aircraft. This ducting can be shipped for $200 USD.
2) The APU failed when it was insisted that we attempt to train when temperature was out of specification. A Mr. Wong was reportedly trying to fix it and was shown where to install it. A temporary unit was installed from Mars Base’s spare parts collection, but this unit is only at half the capacity. Several systems have been placarded inoperative for the crew until this is replaced. A replacement unit can be shipped for $400 USD.
3) The hard disk drive on the dock-master station was showing symptoms of impending failure. A replacement drive can be shipped for $300 USD.
4) There are leaks in the air-supported structure, which caused water damage to the top of the simulator that was not thoroughly assessed before our departure. These leaks also destroyed a keyboard which we replaced while we were there. Tarps were semi-permanently installed on the top of the simulator to protect it from this and the condensation that developed later on the aluminum ducting.
5) To the day prior to signing over the responsibility to the events staff, the power problems were causing spontaneous rebooting of the computers and possibly damage to the compressor motor. A replacement compressor can be shipped for $700 USD.
6) The video camera for the inside of the cockpit is either damaged or there is a severe interference problem or noise problem with the power being supplied to it or EMF interference with the line to the monitor. A new camera can be shipped for $300 USD.
7) The motion control board for the pneumatic system is either damaged or there is a severe interference problem or noise problem with the power being supplied to it or EMF interference affecting the board. A DAC chip was identified as being the source of the problem, but replacing it with a spare resulted in the same symptoms. A new board can be shipped for $300 USD.
In summary, Argus Foundation and its staff of Jason Reskin, Ian Lambert, and Amy Riley feel that they have completed their responsibilities per the contract with the Space Shuttle World Tour. The Audrey was in working condition when we left.
President and co-founder
We must have had some concerns about getting paid so I built in a little insurance policy… after 07-21-2000 the Audrey would no longer function.
United Airlines: http://www.united.com and 800-824-6200 for arrival and departure information
Reservation locator number – UA-V52L8W
Jason’s Mileage Plus number – 03067281224
ORD is Chicago O’Hare, NRT is Tokyo, SFO is San Francisco, DEN is Denver, MCI is Kansas City, and PVG is Shanghai (Pu Dong)
All international calls you must dial 011 first, then the country code:
65 is Singapore, 86 is China, 135 is most likely their separate cellular network prefix, and 41 is Switzerland
Mr. Jason Reskin – 41-796879333 (Global StarTAC cellular and voicemail) and 816-891-8176 (Non-priority local voicemail)
Our web page for pictures from the show and event updates – http://www.geocities.com/orpex/core.htm
Our e-mail addresses are available from this web page under “Meet the Crew” on the left frame “Active Remote Access” menu
Primary contacts are:
Mr. Kevin Tan (Managing Director) – 135-62126331
Ms. Prema Naidu (Personnel)
On our staff there:
Mr. Henry Lee (Show Coordinator) – 135-01683644
Mr. Joseph Quek (Facilities Manager) – 135-01680694
Mr. Devan Tan (Shipping Coordinator) – 135-01684891
Business in China conducted as:
Shanghai Perway Industry Investment Co., Ltd.
No. 6 Lane – 288 Wu Yuan Road
Shanghai 200031, China
Business in Singapore conducted as:
Events H.Q. Intl. PTE, Ltd.
37 Kallang Pudding Road
Block B, Unit 03-04, Tong Lee Building
Singapore 349315, Singapore
65-8445595 (Voice) and 65-8445598 (Fax)
Once we are checked in and know the room numbers at the
hotel, we will be notifying family. Our best indication is that
we can not make overseas calls from the hotel but we can
receive them. The time difference is 12 hours.
Ning Du Bin Guan Hotel
Zhang Ning Road
Shanghai 200031, China