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24, 2000, Gazette)
Supervisor and diving specialist
Dale Decker (L) familiarizes airport general manager Jim Roche
with the operation of the hyperbaric chamber. It is one of four
operated by Memorials Centre for Offshore and Remote Medicine
at the Health Sciences Centre. The chamber is considered by NASA
as one of the finest decompression facilities in the world and
could be used by the shuttle crew in the event of an emergency
landing by the orbiter at St. Johns. The chambers are able
to handle up to 15 people at one time.
by Fred Whiteway
Newfoundland is far removed from the operations of the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Shuttle program,
there may be a time in future when the facilities at the St.
Johns Airport, and particularly Memorials hyperbaric
chambers, could be of use.
developed a worldwide Abort Support System in the event that
either the space shuttle Endeavor or Columbia experience a major
engine failure upon launch. Five airports along Canadas
East Coast have been designated as possible emergency landing
sites, with four located in this province at St. Johns.
Gander, Stephenville and Goose Bay. The other is the Halifax
On a fact-finding
tour and assessment last fall, NASA officials tabled a list of
post-landing guidelines ranging from security to safety regarding
various shuttle hazards.
landing support office Marty Linde said the facilities in St.
Johns are ideal in the event of an emergency landing, pointing
out that the crew would possibly have to undergo a period of
decompression and that the hyperbaric chambers at Memorials
Faculty of Medicine are one of the few places in the world that
would meet NASA needs.