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edmk5000
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posted 11-22-2006 06:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for edmk5000   Click Here to Email edmk5000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have wondered for a while about the function of the orange monitors at the ends of the consoles in both the shuttle and station mission control centers/flight control rooms (FCRs).

These monitors are amber monochrome types with an unusual "vertical rectangle" format. They are not in the old Apollo-Era or pre-upgrade shuttle MOCRs.

I am just guessing that they may be for configuring the consoles, but it is a wild guess.

Does anyone know what these monitors are for or have any other info like what is displayed?

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posted 11-23-2006 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fireflyer21   Click Here to Email fireflyer21     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe those panels are the audio panels that allow the controllers to transmit/receive on the various interphone loops and communications channels. They are configured with touch-screen type controls.

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posted 12-11-2006 07:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasanut   Click Here to Email nasanut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any close up pictures of these?

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posted 12-14-2006 12:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for edmk5000   Click Here to Email edmk5000     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
After a search at NASA's Multimedia site, I found several hi-res images that have these audio panels pictured. Disappointingly, none of the images have the monitors shown clear enough to read the displays.

It would be interesting to see what kind of data is displayed for the different positions and some detail of the FCR hardware in general.

Here are a few links to the images (beware, some images are 5+ megs):

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posted 12-14-2006 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Sy Liebergot
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posted 12-14-2006 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sy Liebergot   Click Here to Email Sy Liebergot     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Folks, those are not data screens, they show the console DVIS panel (Digital Voice Intercom System). The programmable, touch screen version of the old Apollo console intercom keyset, which was hard-wired.

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posted 12-15-2006 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasanut   Click Here to Email nasanut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sy, thanks for the heads up on the DVIS system. Do you happen to know the company that made these for NASA? Maybe we can look them up for more info. I have looked at NASA photo's until my eyes hurt looking for more info. You just gotta love mission control!

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posted 01-09-2011 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil Aldrin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What information is contained on the ends of each Mission Control console in the orange rectangular areas? It appears that each console has one at either end and I'm guessing it is an identical display of information on all of them? Also any close-up photos of this display?

Editor's note: Threads merged.

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posted 01-09-2011 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As Sy explained in his reply above from 2006, these panels control the Digital Voice Intercom System (DVIS).

Planning team MMACS Kevin McCluney commented on these panels as part of an "Ask Mission Control" feature on NASA's website:

What you are seeing are the DVIS (Digital Voice Intercom System) panels; each console generally has two of these (one on either side). These are touch screens (black background, amber text) used to select the communications loops with which the flight controllers talk and listen to each other and the crew. Up to 24 loops can be selected simultaneously.

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posted 01-09-2011 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Neil Aldrin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the quick reply/merging this. I tried searching the boards and doing a google search before posting this question.

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