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SpacedOut
2003-Mar-21, 12:31 AM
Columbia Data Recorder Found (http://www.mail2web.com/cgi-bin/redir.asp?lid=0&newsite=http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/03/19/sprj.colu.data.box/index.html)

Hopefully some of the data is intact.

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Klausnh
2003-Mar-21, 01:58 AM
I remember on the day of the accident, reports that the shuttles do not have black boxes and the shuttles relay all their info via datalink ( I think that was the word used.)

DStahl
2003-Mar-21, 02:52 AM
Yes--in fact, there was some confusion on this werry board. But it sounds like not all the shuttles had data loggers:

"The electronic box is unique to the shuttle Columbia and was used in early shuttle missions to verify predictions on design. It records temperature readings, aerodynamic pressure, vibrations, strain, acceleration and rates of pitch, roll and yaw -- the three axes of flight."
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"The shuttle has no flight data recorder, like a commercial airliner. However, the information transmitted to Mission Control via telemetry is far more than would be found in a so-called black box."

So standard design didn't include a data logger, I guess. It is great that they found this equipment.

SpacedOut
2003-Mar-25, 08:23 PM
NASA: Columbia's Data Recorder Promising (http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/sts107_oex_030324.html) Looks like they might actually be able to get hard data for lift off as well as re-entry.