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posted 06-28-2006 02:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for michaelSN99   Click Here to Email michaelSN99     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
on june 25th the websource "" reported, discovery would be able to land in an autonomous scenario without human interaction using the so called Autonomous Orbiter Rapid Prototype (AORP).


may anybody from our people behind the scenes (Robert ? ;-)) confirm this ?? is that a true story ??

thx michael

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posted 06-28-2006 10:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes, it is true, this will be the first mission with the capability. But it is only to be used in the event the orbiter is to be ditched unmanned.


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posted 06-28-2006 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Aztecdoug   Click Here to Email Aztecdoug     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interestingly I spoke briefly to Bob Crippen about autonomous landings for the Shuttle back in the Fall of 2003 at SETP. He mentioned that among other things there was something that they had to do in the back of the cockpit or on the mid-deck manually in order to land the shuttle. He didn't elaborate at the time but this thread sort of joggled my memory cells.

Hey, go easy on me on being fuzzy; they were pouring Bass Ale for free! After all, talking to an astronaut is one thing, but free booze is on an entirely different level of priorities.

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posted 06-29-2006 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for pokey   Click Here to Email pokey     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The manual operation Crippen was refering to was pushing the button to arm the landing gear and once that talkback goes to ARM then pushing the button next to it to down the landing gear then waiting for that talkback to go to DOWN before main gear touchdown on the runway. The commander and pilot had their own redundant set of pushbuttons for that.

The buttons are in front of the CDR and PLT's knees and have protective see-through hinged covers over them.

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posted 07-01-2006 04:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Shuttle to Carry Tools for Repair and Remote-Control Landing

Should Discovery’s STS-121 spacewalkers be forced to make a serious heat shield repair, the chances of which NASA officials believe to be extremely remote, flight controllers could opt to try to save the orbiter without endangering its astronaut crew.

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