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chappy
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posted 08-17-2013 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always wondered, who and why are these people who always walk with the crews when they leave the crew quarters for the launch pad?

Skylon
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posted 08-17-2013 11:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Depends when you are talking about. Mercury and Gemini didn't have much of a walk-out, but on Mercury they were accompanied by another astronaut and Bill Douglas (the astronaut's physician). Gemini the party around the astronauts looks pretty sparse. I'm going to guess the other Astronaut throughout Gemini was Deke Slayton as Director of Flight Crew Operations (since I'm pretty sure he escorted every flight crew, from Gordo Cooper on Faith 7 to Skylab 4).

I think the current entourage took shape during Apollo. Off hand, typically, the Chief Astronaut, the Director of Flight Crew Ops and the KSC Chief of Security.

Delta7
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posted 08-18-2013 04:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In the later Shuttle era Jerry Ross was usually part of the group as head of the VIT (Vehicle Integration and Testing office). Along with the Chief of the Astronaut Office and/or Director of Flight Crew Operations.

onesmallstep
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posted 08-19-2013 10:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also during the Shuttle era, the Astronaut Office chief would be dropped off after a short ride inside the astrovan at the landing strip at KSC to fly RLS (Return to Launch Site) abort approaches in the STA (Shuttle Training Aircraft) and check on the weather before launch.

Go4Launch
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posted 08-19-2013 08:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahem. Let's please not forget the suit technicians, shall we? MGA = Joe Schmitt, Alan Rochford, et al. Kind of important. Thank you. Also of course KSC security chief Charles Buckley.

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