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GTspace
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posted 12-18-2012 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Can anyone direct me to a photo that shows where the water dump port is on the shuttle?

PowerCat
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posted 12-18-2012 10:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PowerCat   Click Here to Email PowerCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
During the STS 41-D mission, there was a large icicle that the crew had to knock off using the rms. Not sure if there is a photograph of that. It was from the waste dump I believe if that might help.

sts205cdr
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posted 12-18-2012 11:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Port side, aft of the crew compartment in the payload bay wall. As I understand it, the CDR was volunteered to work the RMS to knock off the "peesicle." No one else was willing to go down in history for that.

I've done this in the sim at Space Camp. I had to pop some yellow balloons using the hydraulic RMS.

Jay Chladek
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posted 12-19-2012 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe its location has to do with the fact that it is located close to the WCS itself (which is on the port side just aft of the side hatch on the mid-deck).

I believe the normal water discharge port for the fuel cells is also on that side, slightly behind the WCS port. The fuel cells generate so much excess water that whatever isn't needed by the crew is typically dumped overboard. I believe the ISS flights included an extra water storage tank to house it since shuttles were doing quite a bit of water transfer to Mir and the ISS, plus doing a shuttle doing a water dump at the ISS can cause ice crystals to deposit in places where they might not want them.

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posted 12-19-2012 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GTspace     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
This photo is just behind the crew hatch. Is this what everyone is talking about?

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