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Staiduk
2004-May-17, 11:31 PM
'Lo all!
I was just curious about sommat: I heard through a somewhat less than reliable source that one of the Shuttle test missions (i.e. before they started putting experiments and scientists aboard) was flown entirely manually throughout re-entry. This was to confirm that it could be done or whatever; it was an intentional decision.
OK; I firmly believe that such a thing is possible with a top-notch pilot and I assume the Shuttle controls and instruments are more than up to the task. However; given the fact that it's a deadstick flight - IOW one shot only; must be right the first time - and given the fact that it's an insanely expensive piece of hardware to risk; I'm not sure if NASA would ever agree to such a risky test. ( know there's no way I'd want to try it - I've got a thing against terminal sunburn - but then again; I've only got 437 hours - Zurakowski I'm not. :lol: )
IOW; I've no clue if a Shuttle was ever piloted in through re-entry on manual. Anyone know if one was?
Thanx! :)

Hamlet
2004-May-18, 02:44 PM
Here (http://yarchive.net/space/shuttle/shuttle_control.html) is part of a Usenet discussion by Mary Shafer who used to work in the Shuttle program. It seems that the first 4 reentries were flown manually, at least to an extent greater than subsequent flights.

Here (http://www.au.af.mil/au/goe/eaglebios/01bios/engle01.htm) is a short bio of astronaut Joe Engle that states he flew STS-2 manually from orbit to landing.

Staiduk
2004-May-19, 06:23 AM
Thanks!
:D

devil's advocate
2004-May-19, 08:00 PM
Here (http://www.au.af.mil/au/goe/eaglebios/01bios/engle01.htm) is a short bio of astronaut Joe Engle that states he flew STS-2 manually from orbit to landing.

Incredible. The X-Plane flight sim lets you take in the shuttle, full manual. Not easy, let me tell you. And that's only a Sim.