Semi-interesting space stuff

Today we got an FRCS, which is a space shuttle’s Forward Reaction Control System. You might recognize it, it fits on the orbiter just below the “windshield” or the windows where the commander and pilot look out, right across the nose of the ship. This particular one belongs to Discovery, which just returned to earth from space in December. We have a little bit of work to do on it to get it ready for its next mission, so we transported it to our facility today. Lifting the FRCS into the building and onto the stanchions it rests on is a big ordeal, a hazardous operation due to propellants on board. Here are some photos I took just before the lifting operations began showing the convoy arriving at our building and the FRCS on the trailer.

  1. #1 by stacey on January 16, 2007 - 11:25 pm

    To be that close to something that’s been in space is too cool. I know you’re probably used to it, but just seeing the pictures wows me. 🙂

  2. #2 by Heather on January 17, 2007 - 10:31 am

    That is really really cool! At first I was looking and was liek that isnt realy but obviously it is! Anyways so cool thanks for sharing!

  3. #3 by Brian Lavery on January 18, 2007 - 10:34 am

    The Space Shuttle photos are always fascinating to see. You are right it’s clearly recognizable if you look at a photo of the Space Shuttle. There is a little section that goes in front of the FRCS too – what does that part do?

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