Mar 8, 2008- Launch preps start!

Got to have some fun tonight– installed panels on the FRCS (forward reaction control system) and then came down to some great food that was brought in by the pad leader for the techs- shrimp bisque- and it was yummy. Also, the QCs had an ice cream social afterwards. People came in and got their food as they came off the pad between jobs. Jealous much? Then when I did my SCO rotation, supported the completion of comm checks on the system that was giving us trouble (you may have heard about that). The bad weather missed us tonight, so we are in good shape for Tuesday morning’s launch.

Read “Riding Rockets” about two weeks ago. Met the author at a book signing he was having at the KSC Visitor’s Center while I was there two years ago. It was a pretty good book and was an interesting perspective for me to see from the other side of the fence. He talks about the ice damage that Atlantis received on STS-27 and it reminded me of repairing those damages along the right side of the vehicle back when I was in tile. I was doing 8 to 10 repairs at a time along with other tile techs trying to get caught up so it wouldn’t impact the scheduled roll out. Good read for people who are interested in the program.

Where did that come from? Must be tired and not concentrating. Pad life is different from being in the OPF. The shop brings food in for everybody to eat about once a week and there are several groups within the shop– ET/SRB, aft and fwd vehicle that get along well. It is a good bunch to work with and a nice change of pace from a windowless hangar, but the OPF is home and I should be back there on Monday. Will be working both days this weekend supporting launch countdown on the flight deck configuring the ship for launch. Gonna be a fun time!

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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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