Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle First Flights: “Fly-by-Wire”

During high speed atmospheric flight, the extreme forces buffeting the Space Shuttle produced abrupt, violent oscillations that, left unattended, would cause it to spiral out of control. No human was capable of flying the Shuttle unassisted.

IT’S (NOT) ROCKET SCIENCE: The International Space Station

I was watching the TV commercial featuring the Space Shuttle Endeavor the other night – you know, the one where a truck tows the Shuttle through the streets of Los Angeles to its permanent exhibit hall.  It struck me how terribly undignified that final voyage was for Endeavor, and for the Space Shuttle Program itself.  I started […]