043 – Flying the Space Shuttle
In this episode we talk with Duane “Digger” Carey about flying the US Space Shuttle. We cover all the major phases of a shuttle flight (countdown, launch, orbit insertion, on orbit, breaking, reentry and landing) and discuss the activities of the pilot and commander. We also cover briefly some of the Shuttle’s systems. We conclude the episode with a brief look at Shuttle pilot and commander training.
- Duane’s website
- Duane “Digger” Carey at Wikipedia and Official NASA Bio
- Digger’s flight, STS-109
- The US Space Shuttle at NASA and at Wikipedia
- Book: Jenkins, Space Shuttle, The History of the National Space Transportation System
- MIT Open Courseware, Lecture Series on the Space Shuttle
- Launch Control Center
- Mission Control Center
- Open Loop Controller
- SSME (Space Shuttle Main Engines)
- SRB (Solid Rocket Booster)
- Shuttle Abort Modes
- Orbital Mechanics
- OMS (Orbital Maneuvering System)
- RCS (Reaction Control System)
- Vernier Thruster
- Hubble Space Telescope
- HSI (Horizontal Situation Indicator)
- Artificial Horizon (Attitude Indicator)
- TPS (Thermal Protection System)
- ILS (Instrument Landing System)
- MLS (Microwave Landing System)
- Head-Up Display
- STA (Shuttle Training Aircraft)
- omega tau episode on the Vertical Motion Simulator
- KC-135, and NASA’s version, the Vomit Comet
- T-38 Talon
- Duane’s commander, Scott Altman
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thanks for the episode!
would be nice to post a link to each song on every episode:-)
i liked the last song very much!
We’ve given up on the music thing completely….
A lot of work, and many people didn’t like it anyway.
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Hello Marcus and Nora,
I began listening to your podcast around Christmas 2015, when I was looking for good podcasts to pass the time while flying around the country. Omega Tau was such a wonderful thing to find. Best podcast for me be far. So smart and informative, and exactly my area of interest. Thank you!
I just listened to this episode – 043 – probably four or five times on my latest trip (this time by car). I understand why you got rid of the music. However, the song at the end of this episode is one I have been trying to find ever since I got home. Jeff Ronay? If, in one of your generous moments, you would at least tell me the name of that song I would appreciate it. I have not been able to find it myself.
Next: Before they all die, wouldn’t it be interesting to interview some of the remaining Apollo astronauts? I am sure your interview would be much better, and more historic, than most that have occurred so far.
Hi Greg, thanks for your nice words :-) Unfortunately I have no records anymore of the music I used. And from hearing it (just listened), I can’t remember. Sorry. Regarding the Apollo astronauts: of course I’d be excited to have one on the show. But I don’t know how to contact them, and how to convince them to be a guest :-(
The song is called 700 light years frome home. By Jeff Ronay available on iTunes