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David Carey

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posted 07-24-2012 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for David Carey   Click Here to Email David Carey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An interesting (if somewhat arcane) find on eBay arrived a couple days ago.

It's a prototype or test version of the Azimuth/Elevation analog cross-pointer from the shuttle's aft deck (Panel A2; Remote Manipulator Arm) as can be seen in the upper left corner of this photo.

Upon opening up the case, it is clear that the device is more a close copy of a functional cross-pointer, intended only to look the part and probably test the lighting aspects of the design. Note the "Lighting Master" designation on the meter label along with the bolted-in-place pointers themselves. Only two wires emerge for energizing the LED lighting strip

Does anyone have further details on the NAS10-11500 contract number? The only thing I could find was related to non-destructive evaluation of shuttle tile bonds, which didn't seem correct, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.

The meter is a heavy fellow, and a small reminder of what is almost certainly an omnipresent design tension between launch vehicle weight and component robustness.

It's also interesting that such effort went into a test/evaluation example. Seems like it almost would have been cheaper to use a functional version than it would be to produce a one-off faithful mockup. Maybe further contract data would help clear that up along with this meter's role in shuttle avionics development.

Thanks in advance for any additional information.


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posted 07-24-2012 08:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice find. NASA likes lighting mockups. Most shuttle gauge specs list a lighting mockup as a required item. I have a Surface Position Indicator lighting mockup that has similar details.

In fact I got that mockup gauge and a few other items in 1990 as part of a plywood partial cockpit built specifically for lighting evaluations. It was my very first space hardware!

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