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Space Shuttle 360-degree Flight Deck View
Reaganite Republican ^ | July 25, 2011 | Reaganite Republican

Posted on 07/25/2011 2:39:20 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican

This is pretty cool- click on pic:

At the link above you see the actual cockpit of the US Space Shuttle Discovery- note insulation panels installed over windows for re-entry- guess they get a little warm. Last week's final mission -completing 30 years of manned Shuttle flights- was completed by the Atlantis... some facts about the craft:

The Space Shuttle was the first orbital spacecraft designed for reuse. It carried different payloads to Low Earth Orbit, provided crew rotation for the International Space Station (ISS), and performed servicing missions- the first one went up in the early days of the Reagan Administration, on April 12th, 1981.

The orbiter was capable of recovering satellites and other payloads from orbit and returning them to Earth in one piece. Each Shuttle was designed for a projected lifespan of 100 launches or ten years of operational life, although this was later extended.. The person in charge of designing the STS was Maxime Faget, who had also overseen the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft designs.

The crucial factor in the size and shape of the Shuttle Orbiter was the requirement that it be able to accommodate the largest planned commercial and classified satellites, and have the cross-range recovery range to meet the requirement for classified USAF missions.

Atlantis is named after RV Atlantis, a two masted sailing ship that operated as the primary research vessel for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution from 1930 to 1966. The 460-ton ketch carried a crew of 17 and had room for 5 scientists. The former RV Atlantis is now commissioned as an oceanographic research vessel in the Argentine Naval Prefecture under the name Dr. Bernardo Houssay and finishing a lengthy period of restoration. 
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Basic Shuttle Stats

Stages:         2
Height:        184 ft 
Diameter:      28.5 ft 
Mass:              2302 tons
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TheLastShuttle   Wikipedia   h/t Speedunque 


TOPICS: Astronomy; History; Military/Veterans; Science
KEYWORDS: cockpit; deck; flight; shuttle; space

1 posted on 07/25/2011 2:39:29 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican

*space bling bump*


2 posted on 07/25/2011 2:49:15 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Reaganite Republican

Sad but cool.


3 posted on 07/25/2011 2:56:03 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama: the Unholy Won.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

That IS cool...but now I’ve got vertigo....:)


4 posted on 07/25/2011 3:06:30 AM PDT by Salamander (I'm your pain.)
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To: Reaganite Republican
But here's what obama has turned it into...


NASAToy


5 posted on 07/25/2011 4:07:03 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: Reaganite Republican
OWDEDTONASA
6 posted on 07/25/2011 4:24:39 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: FrankR

“Thank Ewe.”


7 posted on 07/25/2011 4:33:43 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Reaganite Republican
"Dang, what's this little red switch for again?"

Sheesh trying to memorize all the buttons would be a bear. I bet they can't wait till the upgrade comes when they'll have touch screens.

8 posted on 07/25/2011 4:36:32 AM PDT by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Yardstick

I’ll see your bump and raise you a BTT.


9 posted on 07/25/2011 4:41:02 AM PDT by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Reaganite Republican
At the link above you see the actual cockpit of the US Space Shuttle Discovery- note insulation panels installed over windows for re-entry- guess they get a little warm.

The caption to the 360° view says:

Space Shuttle Discovery's flight deck during decommissioning in the Orbiter Processing Facility

The Orbiter Processing Facility is at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, not in orbit. ;^) Note the trouble light behind the Commander's seat.

It's interesting to note how much the Shuttles have changed over their 30 years of service. Here is an image of a first generation Shuttle cockpit. Notice how many more analog gauges there are:


10 posted on 07/25/2011 4:45:10 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: onedoug

ping


11 posted on 07/25/2011 12:24:48 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: stylecouncilor

Nice glider.


12 posted on 07/25/2011 1:29:44 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Not official, and interesting extra topic ping. Thanks Reaganite Republican.


13 posted on 07/26/2011 7:20:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Reaganite Republican

(sigh) Adios, Amigo....


14 posted on 07/26/2011 7:33:20 PM PDT by left that other site (Psalm 122:6)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Is nice


15 posted on 07/26/2011 7:37:42 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Too cool for words...


16 posted on 07/27/2011 11:16:09 AM PDT by brytlea (Someone the other day said I'm not a nice person. How did they know?)
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To: FrankR

17 posted on 07/27/2011 12:17:26 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Reaganite Republican; SunkenCiv

Thank you very much for the post and ping.

That is a LOT of fun, and very interesting.


18 posted on 07/27/2011 1:11:12 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Reaganite Republican

Wow, not only does it rotate, but you can zoom in and out, go up and down or go left or right. Wonder what that thing is that has Canada on it.


19 posted on 07/27/2011 1:32:28 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: DejaJude

The Canada sticker would have to be due to Canadian guest traveller, no?


20 posted on 07/28/2011 8:12:57 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: SunkenCiv

Much obliged, SC


21 posted on 07/28/2011 8:14:08 AM PDT by Reaganite Republican
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To: Reaganite Republican; DejaJude

The shuttle Remote Manipulating System (aka RMS aka Robot Arm) was built by Canada, and is controlled from the aft section of the flight deck. I’m guessing that panel is one of the control systems for the arm, and carries the Canadian logo as a friendly reminder. Both the RMS and Dextre (the ISS arm) carry Canada logos on their structure as well.


22 posted on 09/01/2011 3:08:08 PM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: MikeD
The spacecraft launched on January 19, 2006, and will reach Pluto in July of 2015. Go New Horizons, Go!

Hi Mike, you're kinda late to the game, but I do appreciate your input (and Canada's). What is your opinion of the downgrade of Pluto to a dwarf planet in August 2006?

23 posted on 09/01/2011 5:35:26 PM PDT by DejaJude (Obama - in over his head and above his pay grade.)
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To: MikeD

Oh, MikeD, I forgot to ask you about Obama’s downgrade of NASA to a Muslim outreach program. Have you ever worked with a Muslim on the space program? If you did, what did they have to contribute to the program?


24 posted on 09/01/2011 5:54:41 PM PDT by DejaJude (Obama - in over his head and above his pay grade.)
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