My second flow as a PDRS instructor brought me all the challenges one could wish. This flight was,
in the words of the pilot, "a robotics three ring circus." We had three deployable payloads headed
for the ISS to be handed to the station arm, two of which would be handed back later and
re-berthed in the payload bay. Plus the normal two unberthings and reberthings of the
inspection boom and the inspections themselves. A robotics instructor's dream mission.
- Crew/Instructor Photo
- Crew/SMS/SSTF Team Photo
- Montage with Flown Patch
- Crew Shirt
- Other Photos
- I pulled off my most ambitious mal ever during an international integrated sim for this
flight. I broke the shuttle arm half-way through the handoff of the prime payload. I had
plotted this out carefully with the lead ISS robotics instructor so that we were sure the
install could be completed by the station arm, after a great deal of re-planning.
- I was recognized at the post-flight ceremonies for the work I did training the crew.
- I was also awarded the "training patch" by the crew.
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