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German Aerospace Day 2013: Control centers and a mockup

Posted 09-23-2013 at 10:57 AM by 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.

Full scale model of Philae:

Later, on the way to :envihab there was a full scale mockup of the XCOR Aerospace Lynx.

And, while standing in a line in front of :envihab, the A400M appeared:

Then I took the long walk to a remote area of the airport (EDDK).
This little 777F N852FD was the first thing, it's size was so impressive that I just walked past CH-53, Tornado and Eurofighter without looking at them.

More of it later, including the obligatory "in front of a GE90" shot.
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    Thanks for posting these, I love getting a look at the various control centers.
    Posted 09-23-2013 at 08:58 PM by garyw garyw is offline
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    Interesting, I once was at the DLR MCC in Oberpfaffenhofen where they told me they'd use Linux as an operating system for all their control centers because of viruses etc. But in your pictures it appears to be different.
    Posted 09-24-2013 at 04:30 AM by MattBaker MattBaker is offline
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    Great to hear that you like them.

    I searched for some picture from Oberpfaffenhofen and found some with XP running. Looks like they've switched to Windows...
    Posted 09-24-2013 at 08:10 AM by astrosammy astrosammy is offline

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