Feb. 20, 2008- A day in the life of launch processing

Vehicle was powered up and hydraulics were being tested. Basically means we bring pressure up to 3000 psi, condition the fluid through filters in the GSE and manipulate the engines and aerosurfaces to make sure everything is running o.k. Got to fly the ship for a couple of hours during this time. Jumped into a technician transport vehicle (golf cart) with optional dashboard bling and headed to the pad surface.

Got to do a couple of things, but mostly stood by to support. When there are only one or two things going on, there isn’t much for the SCO to do but monitor the vehicle and OIS channel for calls but when the schedule is loaded up, it can feel like being an air traffic controller at JFK. For now, stand by to stand by.

Techs in the payload bay were working on the installation of the payload in the payload bay below me. As seen through window 9, they are putting the Japanese Kibo Logistics Module and the Canadian Dextre robotics system into place. Those objects are covered by moveable work platforms that the techs are using for access, but you can see a portion of the Japanese module and the arm assembly on the lower left side.


About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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