B:space shuttle missing
Omaha8 at houston.rr.com
Sat Feb 1 11:05:25 PST 2003
A sad day indeed....I and one of my co-owners, Jeff Bertsch, work at the
Space Center and are both former flight controllers (Ascent/Entry Guidance &
Procedures Officers). I worked with Wille McCool on the Shuttle Cockpit
Upgrade, which is supposed to fly in 2006.
The deorbit burn is targeted with excess energy, so the Shuttle flies about
a 45 deg bank during Entry and does a couple of roll reversals (S-Turns) to
manage the energy. The video shows a large object separating, then a flash
and puff in the contrail and then the breakup. I believe the large object
was the left wing and it was probably during a roll reversal. The left wing
was struck by External Tank debris during Ascent. The wing leading edge
temperature is ~3000 deg during Entry.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kevin O'Halloran" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 9:41 AM
Subject: Re: B:space shuttle missing
> Dave Brown was on that mission---he was one of us--he has a G model.
> I got to know him while I was having some mods done at Hammock aviation.
> Really nice guy. Last time I heard from him was about a year ago--he was
> the east coast and was having trouble with his 1900 fuel pump.( sent him
> Terry Bell in Hagerstown MD who fixed him up)
> Sad day
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bob Stephens" <Txgroup@attbi.com>
> To: <email@example.com>
> Sent: Saturday, February 01, 2003 8:58 AM
> Subject: B:space shuttle missing
> > I just saw on the tv that Columbia is missing. I heard a rather large
> > boom this am, could not figure out what it was and turned on the TV. It
> > appears that the ship broke up during re entry between Dallas and Waco.
> > This is awful.
> > rns
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