Posts Tagged ‘Space Shuttle’

Keith, NASA flies space shuttle with detour path again

September 15, 2012

NASA has decided to fly space shuttle Endeavour with a detour path. I remember that Keith Cowing of NASAWatch questioned NASA with the argument that it is a waste of money. Now, NASA does the same again. I wonder whether Keith will challenge NASA again?

For those who live in California and have a desire to see NASA flies the space shuttle, try to find out whether it will fly over your sky. It will be on September 20, 2012.


MIT’s Aircraft Systems Engineering

May 17, 2012

Everyone knows that MIT has an open course project. One of them is “16.885J / ESD.35J Aircraft Systems Engineering“. I am interested in this one because it was given by top scientists, engineers and managers in the field of space shuttle design, development and operations. Therefore, it offers first hand experiences and information in terms of system engineering of space vehicles.

I personally listened through all the video lectures of this course. One thing I have to say is that it is not a systems engineering course in general. Rather, it is an “Aircraft Systems Engineering” as the title says. So, it is an excellent reference if you are taking a class in an aircraft systems engineering somewhere else, or you are in this field and want to gain more knowledge and second hand experiences, or you want to know the history of space shuttle. I learned a lot from the course. Unfortunately, most of the slides used in classroom are not available on the internet. Sometimes, you would have to guess on speakers. Please note that there are transcripts available and it is particularly useful.

While I was listening this course, I put together a list of lectures.


President Obama is shown space shuttle TPS components at KSC

May 6, 2011

This NASA TV shows that President Obama visits Kennedy Space Center. Starting at 3 minute 18 second, the video shows that President Obama goes to a table with space shuttle TPS components. It ends this period at 7 minute 10 second.



A Space Shuttle Model in the Bay Area

April 23, 2011

On April 12, NASA announced the New Homes For Shuttle Orbiters After Retirement:



Space Shuttle: United States and China

November 4, 2010

Right before the STS-133 mission launch, Chinese website NetEase published a special report on the U.S. space shuttle: “Space Shuttle: a chicken rib that is hard to get rid of“. It represents the overall view of points from Chinese side on space shuttle. Here bellow is my translation. Some of the translation is based on Google translator.

It is worth to point out that China once considered to design and develop space shuttle as well.



See International Space Station and Space Shuttle Discovery in the sky

September 3, 2009

If you haven’t seen the International Space Station (ISS) in the sky, here the opportunity comes again and this time with space shuttle Discovery on mission STS 128. You can find the detailed information on NASA website. For those who live in Alameda County, the best times to watch are in the evenings of September 6 and 7, 2009. For how to understand the direction, please read my previous post “See the ISS on the Independence Day“.


YouTube: Space Shuttle TPS

March 25, 2009

This NASA video segment explores how the space shuttle is able to go from frigid temperatures in space to extremely hot temperatures when entering the earths atmosphere. Find out how experts use sand to help protect the space shuttle successfully travel from one temperature to the next.