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