Author Topic: Save Atlas 5A (56-6742) rocket from being scrapped - Campaign and Fundraiser  (Read 46749 times)

Offline Blackstar

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I suppose we'll never know why NASA Glenn didn't get to inspect this Atlas before it was yanked down and bent.   

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My theory is that they want to initiate construction on that land as the spring begins, hence the rush. We’ll see if it proves true...

My theory is that this had to do with their insurance company telling them they had a liability they had to deal with. "Fix it and make it safe or we won't insure it. Or tear it down. Your choice."

Offline Kansan52

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I contacted them about us raising money to save the Atlas; they did not ask if the could have the money to restore the missile and keep it there.

IMHO, they had made a tough decision and did not want to open old wounds, so to speak.

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I contacted them about us raising money to save the Atlas; they did not ask if the could have the money to restore the missile and keep it there.

IMHO, they had made a tough decision and did not want to open old wounds, so to speak.

Yeah, and that's a valuable point. We on the outside don't know what factors went into their decision-making. But we also don't know what their process is. They might have a board meeting twice a year, and at the last board meeting they decided to get rid of the Atlas. The next meeting might be five months away and they have no procedure for calling an earlier meeting (because maybe the members are all volunteers who agree to meet only twice a year). So unless somebody says "I'll give you a million dollars to reverse the decision," they don't want to deal with it. The decision was made, they have many other things to deal with, and that's that.

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I'm going to say this again for the last time... If the public was at risk a safety fence would have been put up immediately...
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I'm going to say this again for the last time... If the public was at risk a safety fence would have been put up immediately...

Yeah, and that's an overly simplistic way to look at it. If their insurance company said "this thing is dangerous and if you don't do something about it by X date we will not insure you" then that doesn't require them to immediately erect a fence. It does require them to decide to either put up a fence by that date, risk going without insurance, or tear it down. Just because they took it down instead of erecting a fence doesn't prove it was not risky.

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I'm going to say this again for the last time... If the public was at risk a safety fence would have been put up immediately...

Yeah, and that's an overly simplistic way to look at it. If their insurance company said "this thing is dangerous and if you don't do something about it by X date we will not insure you" then that doesn't require them to immediately erect a fence. It does require them to decide to either put up a fence by that date, risk going without insurance, or tear it down. Just because they took it down instead of erecting a fence doesn't prove it was not risky.


Our governments in Canada act no different that in the USA: They drag their feet and then go and do something completely extreme, and we just look back and ask: why?

In the end it doesn't matter I suppose - the damage is done.
Had they cared one iota, this would have been handled differently (although as I think about it: probably with the same result).
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Offline Dalhousie

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Well, even in its current condition, the Atlas 5A is still in better shape than the WRESAT Redstone.  :o

AT least that flew, which is why it's in bad shape.
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Does anyone know what ended up happening to this Atlas?  I never heard it got moved so I assume it was scrapped.

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I'm in the same boat as you.

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