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German Aerospace Day 2013: Control centers and a mockup

Posted 09-23-2013 at 10:57 AM by astrosammy (Astrosammy)

I made a great trip to Cologne yesterday, and I have a lot of picture to share.
I'll post a few on my blog each day.

Of course many former and current Astronauts were there. I saw Hans Schlegel, Thomas Reiter, Reinhold Ewald, Léopold Eyharts, Frank De Winne, Andreas Morgensen and Thomas Pesquet.

The first Pictures are from the control centers for ISS Experiments and the Philae lander.

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T+ 5 days Engineering Log

Posted 09-22-2013 at 10:14 AM by Dantassii
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Loading of cargo modules is proceeding ahead of schedule at this time. A scheduled 'day of rest' today will limit the amount of cargo modules docked today. The leak sensor that was replaced several days ago has been tested and is definitely defective. A replacement for the spare that took its place will be brought up on 1 of the XR5 flights tomorrow so that our spares store is at 100% before TJI.

All boards are green at this time.

Mission timeline is as follows:
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DIY Flightsims - Floor Unit with Center Joystick - Project Complete!

Posted 09-20-2013 at 10:06 PM by n122vu
Updated 09-22-2013 at 12:38 PM by n122vu (Corrected wording in the first sentence)

The last coat of paint was allowed to dry overnight. This morning before I left for work I re-attached the rudder mounting boards and brought the entire unit back inside. Since getting home from work I've reattached the controls to their mounts, reconnected all the cables, and fired up the DCS A-10C for a quick flight.

All-in-all, I'm very well pleased with the way this project turned out. And I'm surprised at how easily it came together considering my previous lack of skills...
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T+3 days Engineering Log

Posted 09-20-2013 at 08:59 PM by Dantassii
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4 XR5 payloads have been attached to SSTV-01 in the last 24 hours with 2 more docked and ready to unload at this time. We had several XR2s sponsored by media outlets come within a kilometer of the ISS, but as they didn't have permission to dock with the ISS that was as close as they could come. They were wanting interviews with the SSVT-01 crew, but we're all way too busy getting all our cargo pods docked and locked down.

All boards are green at this time.

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T+48 hours Engineering Log

Posted 09-19-2013 at 11:24 PM by Dantassii
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MCC 2 using the reverse EHEs was performed without any issues. The burn was quite short but we collected good data on the reverse EHEs performance. Both engines ran at nominal temperatures during the entire burn.

Earth orbit insertion went off without a problem. Orbital plane matching with the ISS was a bit difficult due to the 'excessive' thrust provided by the EHEs. We shut down 13 of them and only used 4 after overshooting the first phasing burn attempt. Much better fine control...
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