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remote controlled orbiter capabilityThe Remote Control Orbiter (RCO) capability allows a Space Shuttle Orbiter to perform an unmanned re-entry and landing. This low-cost capability employs existing and newly added functions to perform key activities typically performed by flight crews and controllers during manned re-entries. During an RCO landing attempt, these functions are triggered by automation resident in the on-board computers or uplinked commands from flight controllers on the ground. In order to properly route certain commands to the appropriate hardware, an In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) cable was developed. Currently, the RCO capability is reserved for the scenario where a safe return of the crew from orbit may not be possible. The flight crew would remain in orbit and await a rescue mission. After the crew is rescued, the RCO capability would be used on the unmanned Orbiter in an attempt to salvage this national asset.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Garske, Michael
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
delaTorre, Rafael
(Boeing Aerospace Co. Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
May 11, 2007
Subject Category
Avionics and Aircraft Instrumentation
Meeting Information
AIAA Conference(Houston, TX)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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