Today, a second launch attempt will be made to get Space Shuttle “Atlantis” off the pad successfully in this December window. Regardless of how this turns out, it’s now obvious that the NASA Shuttle Program will continue grappling with the hydrogen tank "Engine Cutoff Sensor (ECO) problem."
This has now been going on for over two and a half years after the NASA engineers had thought they’d fixed it! The now-admitted "failure and frustration" over this recurring shuttle problem among NASA’s senior management is palpable.
This perplexing problem initially appeared just a few months prior to the STS-114 launch of Space Shuttle “Discovery,” back in 2005, and its important “return to flight” mission for the previously grounded shuttle program. STS-114 was also the first flight of the shuttle following the tragic Columbia Disaster of STS-107, in February, 2003.
Like the current sensor problems we are experiencing with “Atlantis,” this initial “anomaly” for “Discovery’ was signaled by erroneous electrical readings... coming from a set of four “engine cutoff sensors,” located at the bottom of (and inside) the enormous orange fuel tank of the shuttle (below).
NASA needed to determine (and then permanently fix) the cause of these unpredictable failures in a “mission critical” shuttle engineering system. The “ECO fuel sensors” are essential to launching a space shuttle safely. Otherwise, the spacecraft’s on-board computer cannot warn of an impending “low fuel situation” – caused by a depleted hydrogen level in the massive shuttle tank.
The sensors, when they’re working properly, automatically trigger Main Engine Cutoff before the engines would run dry, and potentially explode as a result of losing all their fuel (below)!
Nonetheless, NASA admits it has spent literally MILLIONS of dollars in the last two and a half years -- expending thousands of engineering man-hours -- on what SHOULD have been a relatively simple engineering solution, for a simple engineering problem.
The fact that NASA has spent all this time and money ... and STILL has "a recurring hydrogen level sensor problem" ... is strong indication now that "something radically new" is called for – in terms of both finding the problem’s “root cause” … and then providing an acceptable engineering solution.
It's past time, in my opinion, for NASA to embrace some serious "out of the box" thinking on this mysterious "ECO sensor problem". NASA has already expended an enormous effort on this issue. And now as of yesterday, Shuttle Program manager Wayne Hale announced "a new, Agency-wide, research and engineering effort to finally resolve this continuing sensor problem ..."
The alternative can only be more months (possibly even YEARS ...) of identical, equally frustrating and expensive failures ... to CORRECTLY analyze the underlying situation -- let alone implement a safe and workable solution.
Based on highly unusual “HD” experimental data collected in Florida over the past three years by The Enterprise Mission, I am now strongly recommending the instigation at NASA of a fundamental NEW research approach:
A formal NASA scientific investigation into a possible "NEW PHYSICS" underlying this entire, scientifically baffling, "shuttle sensor issue."
This recommendation is based, in part, on the remarkable theoretical and experimental physics work clandestinely carried out by scientists and engineers in the former Soviet Union over the past half century -- work that, until the collapse of the Soviet system in 1991, was largely unknown outside Russia.
Even now, the number of engineers and physicists familiar with the startling, highly controversial results of this all-but-classified Soviet program is very limited.
Since Russia is participating in the International Space Station Program (below), one might hope that these highly relevant Soviet research results could finally be shared... and applied by NASA to its current, "increasingly serious" shuttle situation.
The theoretical foundation of this new science was laid out by Einstein and Cartan over eighty years ago. In the original theory, these fields were 'static,' meaning they could not move from point A to point B -- only appearing as the basic 'spin forces' within the atom.
Other Relativity theoreticians later proposed the possible existence of dynamic torsion fields -- meaning that these 'spin forces' can propagate through space, creating "action at a distance" effects.
Soviet laboratory experiments in the 1950s, conducted by the pioneering scientist Dr. Nikolai Kozyrev, found irrefutable proof of these 'dynamic torsion fields' in action.
Kozyrev, and others after him, found that the "torsion field" can indeed affect electrical phenomena under certain circumstances. Electrical resistors can experience substantial changes in how conductive they are, especially when made of denser metals such as tungsten. Quartz crystal oscillators can have notable changes in their vibrational frequency. Photocells demonstrate measurable discrepancies in how much 'work' they can perform.
Electrical anomalies are a classic sign of torsion-field interference, as can be routinely seen in the well over 10,000 published scientific papers on the subject. This appears to be due to a unique coupling of electromagnetic energy and torsion fields -- hidden away in Sir Edmund Whittaker's original 200-plus "scalar potentials" before Heaviside eviscerated them down to the four we now use.
Given this scientific background, when we see disruptions in the electrical currents flowing through a platinum-based "ECO sensor," buried at the bottom of a tank filled with super-cold liquid hydrogen, we have to expand our investigation.
Here's the critical point: the shuttle's almost equally-cold liquid OXYGEN tank "ECO sensors" have been TOTALLY UNAFFECTED by "whatever" this recurring problem is!
This indicates that it may be, in fact, some type of "torsion phenomenon" -- uniquely associated with "ultra-cold, liquid HYDROGEN."
Super-cooled hydrogen is already known to mysteriously crawl up the sides of a test-tube in a laboratory. This may be another anomanly explained by torsion-field activity. The utterly simplistic structure of the hydrogen atom, with just one "proton" and one "electron" -- plus the lack of molecular vibration (temperature) in a super-cooled environment -- may present the perfect antenna or conduit for torsion fields to move through.
Thankfully, the Russian research has determined that torsion-field effects CAN be shielded -- using the proper materials and protocols.
Afterward, the largest Russian commercial television network -- NTV -- traveled all the way from Moscow to New Mexico, to interview us about our on-going research ....
In the face of a potentially catastrophic, future Main Engine failure on a future shuttle mission -- from this "still unresolved" hydrogen sensor problem -- what has NASA got to lose by really investigating ALL options?
The real question, considering the devastating consequences of such a future shuttle failure on the crew -- on NASA and on the Nation -- is simple:
"How can NASA NOT afford to seriously investigate this very real, if 'unconventional,' research proposition?"
Based on the SCIENCE underlying the Soviet torsion investigations and our own, parallel work, I can predict with some confidence -- along with Wayne Hale's totally separate, more "empirical" comments, made at Saturday’s NASA shuttle briefing -- that "Sunday’s launch attempt will encounter NO anomalous ECO sensor readings," either before the launch ... or after.
"HOW" that prediction can be made scientifically -- BEFORE the fact -- will be the subject of the impending Enterprise “torsion” publication ....
Stay tuned... :)
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