274 – The Shuttle’s Achievements for Space Exploration
Guest: Davide Sivolella Host: Markus Voelter Shownoter: Andy Joiner
This episode is a continuation of the two previous episodes (132, 133) with Davide on the Space Shuttle. Based on his new, second book we talk about the contributions the Space Shuttle made to space exploration in general. These include advances in space suits, the construction of the ISS, satellite servicing, its use as a science platform as well as military operations.
Davide Sivolella (Episode 132 - Space Shuttle Systems | Episode 133 - Space Shuttle Operations) | Apollo program | Low Earth orbit | Understand how to work & live in space | Launch platform | Orbital workshop (ISS - International Space Station) | Repair satellites/telescope | Science platform | Falcon/BFR
Launch platform | Reusable | Profitable | Approx 50 fights per year for profitability | Commercial satellite market | ~600km ceiling | Geosynchronous orbit | Rocket stage | Telecommunication satellite | Interplanetary mission | Galileo probe (Magellan - Venus | Ulysses - Sun) | Payload assist module (PAM) | Inertial upper stage | Airborne structure equipment | Springs eject the payload | Solid fueled rocket | Liquid fueled rocket | Centaur G (Centaur G prime - interplanetary missions) | STS-61-F | STS-61-G | Challenger disaster | Pressurized for structural strength | STS-61-F | Expendable rocket | Spacewalks (EVA - Extravehicular activity) | Orbiter | External tank | External protection system
Space suit | Grow taller in space | 1/3 atmospheric pressure | Tether (SAFER - Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue) | Nitrogen thruster (MMU - Manned maneuvering unit) | Columbia | SolarMax | Canadarm
Building the ISS00:42:47
Tether experiment | Skylab | Saturn 5 third stage | STS-8 large mass manipulation | STS-61-B assemble from basic components | James Webb Space Telescope
Satellite servicing | Redundancy | Hubble | 5 service missions to Hubble | Rocket based attitude control system | Exhaust might contaminate the lenses | No reboost required at high orbit | Propellant | Deorbit | Telescope never had to face the sun | Outgas | STS-51-A | Incorrect production drawings of satellite | Incomplete orbital communication coverage | STS-49 | Manual capture | STS-51-I
Spacelab | Sofia (Episode 189 - SOFIA Basics | Episode 190 - SOFIA Flights) | ESA | Pressured cylinder | Unpressurized pallet | Gimbal | Pressurized tunnel to Spacelab | Mid-deck experiments | Flight deck | Spacehab | CubeSat | Payload specialist | Charles walker | Continuous flow electrophoresis | Hard vacuum of space | Space flight participants | Wake Shield Facility | Industrial space facility | Space Station Freedom | Tethered satellite experiment | Skyhook | Hypersonic | Plasma physics | Ionosphere | Gravity gradient | Self-righting | Liberation motion | Earth's magnetic field is not homogeneous | Lorentz force | Cleanroom
Titan 34D | STS-36 | Misty | STS-38 | Prowler | STS-27 | Vandenberg | Polar orbit
I haven’t listened yet but thanks for the unexpected present under my feedtree, honestly what better way is there to celebrate the holiday than to hide from the family and listen to Markus and Davide discuss the much missed STS.
Merry Christmas Ma/No.
Although in an almost too high orbit for the Shuttle, Hubble was in a too low orbit for the astronomers. The ‘field of view’ was very compromised and passing through a low altitude region of the Van-Allen belts meant it was not usable for a significant part of each orbit.
Thanks again, Omega Tau just keeps on giving! I can’t get enough of the shuttle, and I’m glad you can’t either. I like all the detail Davide goes into, it’s just great there are guys out there who realize the true value of the Shuttle Program. It’s not just success/failure thing or something that can easily be justified or questioned in the terms of economics. Sometimes some guys just have to push the barriers, no matter what the cost or the unreality of requirements put out by other people. The Space Shuttle did just that. Too bad nothing else followed, and we’re still stuck with simple rockets.
This was another fascinating episode! I have listened to all 3 of the shuttle episodes now, and I bought a copy of Davide’s (first) book. Once I finish that I’ll have to get the second one. I really like hearing all the details, and I feel as if I understand a lot more about the pioneering things the shuttle accomplished.
Thank you so much for these wonderful episodes. There is so much time, effort, and intelligence that you’ve invested and it shows. Keep up the good work.