[amsat-bb] Uh, ISS, We Have a Problem...

Clint Bradford clintbrad4d at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 11 22:07:10 PDT 2008


How does Houston Control control the ISS when they have to close shop  
due to, say, a fierce, approaching  hurricane?

Well, it’s happening right now. Eleven laptop computers in a nearby  
hotel are controlling the ISS, since NASA's Johnson Space Center in  
Houston closed Thursday due to the approaching storm.

The storm has also caused the delay of the docking of a Russian module  
scheduled for Friday. Russian flight controllers will execute a  
maneuver to place the spacecraft into a safe orbit away from the  
station until docking, which is now planned for Wednesday, September  
17. If Johnson is not restored to full capability for docking, one of  
the backup facilities may be used to command station systems.

Station Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko  
and Greg Chamitoff are awaiting the arrival of the cargo ship, which  
is carrying more than 2 tons of supplies including a new shipment of  
food and fuel.


Clint Bradford, K6LCS

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