View Full Version : The Tricky Business of Space Flight and Landings

7th May 2003, 11:40
Well, if you read this (http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/05/06/soyuz.landing.ap/index.html) you'll get an even better appreciation of what an astronaut does when she/he's "on". More than 8 Gs on the chest, tongue in the back of the throat, holy shamolly, they earned their take home this week.

Still, wouldn't it be the bogs dollocks to go into space and err come home safely?


7th May 2003, 21:11
Glad to see them all home safe and sound.
Seeing them land 300 miles off course reminded me of the Voshkod 2 EVA flight where Belayev and Leonov landed over 1000 miles off course after a Manual re-entry :ok:
They spent a night or two in the snow before a ground team got to them.
Voshkod EVA (http://faculty.erau.edu/ericksol/courses/sp110/voshkod.html)

A space flight would sure be the business, Ive always wanted to go in one of the Russian jobs, the Shuttle has allways been beautiful to me, but a bit too complex and a tad delicate to my untrained eye...

8th May 2003, 02:53
Have a read of this (http://www.avweb.com/news/safety/183035-1.html) from Avweb about the Shuttle.

The precis,
AVweb doesn't normally cover spacecraft accidents, but this one was just too interesting to pass up. Although not widely publicized, the space shuttle program recently had an in-flight mishap caused by a simple instrument failure that might have destroyed the orbiter and killed the entire crew...except that fortunately it occurred in the shuttle simulator, not the actual spacecraft. Although we've changed the names to protect the guilty (in case NASA doesn't have a sense of humor), we think this true-life account will prove fascinating to all pilots...especially glider and instrument pilots. After all, a shuttle landing is nothing more than a very steep instrument approach by the world's heaviest glider.

By The Editors of AVweb
Documents Provided by NASA

8th May 2003, 03:36
As that article was written in 1997, I hope NASA has fixed this potential point of failure...


8th May 2003, 05:43
Ozzy, I agree it would be wonderful to go into space and fly back down again, but I wonder whether the proposal that one of the crew inspect the orbiter during the mission will make it any safer. I mean, what would have happened if they'd done that on the previous trip? They might have found the missing tile (looks like number 9 on the left wing root), but what could they have done? They didn't have spare tiles, glue and grout; they didn't have the fuel to get up to the ISS; and there wasn't a rescue ship on the ground that could rendezvous with them in a matter of days before life support ran out.

So what good would the in-flight external inspection be?

And I'd still sell my granny to be on the next mission.