NASA Remembers Astronaut Bruce McCandless II
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NASA Remembers Astronaut Bruce McCandless II

August 25, 2019


going out launch morning after a
breakfast everybody anxious to get strapped into the vehicle roughly seven million pounds of thrust
it was a exciting ride for us … there was a lot of racket shake rattle and
roll here very rapid turn roll maneuver that is to head down range things ticked
along quite well … as we watched Vance, Bruce the mid- deck … McCandless:to start on our respective tasks my first task was getting the the portside MMU ready
to fly and checking it out and starting in to check flight followed by some
translations up and down the payload Bay and some longer range translations … light on the back of the MMU is a locator light in case a we got to flying around
in the darkness Vance could keep an eye on where we were … basically we were very
pleased with the way the MMU handled it was very much like the simulations at
the Martin company in Denver except that we did find that when translating with
the attitude hold system activated since we had built it to conserve
propellant by turning some of the thrusters off if you started to pick up
a rotational rate this hadn’t been modeled in detail in the simulator you
got an averaged response and of course here you could feel every little
thruster coming on and off but other than that the flying characteristics
were virtually identical to the simulator and of course here we had
complete freedom to turn somersaults and maneuver about all three rotational axes
and actually the orbital mechanics were much more realistic and of course the
quality of the visuals that is the scene was was a lot higher here than in any
simulator. Here I am I guess backing out to 150 feet coming back in and then out
to 300 and coming back in this is approximately the same sort of
translation that the folks on the next mission
the solar maximum repair mission will be faced with it moving from the orbiter
over to the solar maximum spacecraft. It was a interesting seeing Bob and Bruce
go out to 300 yards that we had some qualms about it before the flight we
were burned they have a naturally human being out that far
untethered but we had backup procedures to go get him if anything went wrong
with their equipment so by the time flight came along we were quite happy
with the idea and it turned out to be not bad. McCandless: back inside the cabin after the
first TVA one of the tasks was to recharge and replenish the pressure
suits or EMUs. This shot here shows installing or installing a fresh lithium
hydroxide cartridge which absorbs the exhaled carbon dioxide in your breath
thereby … bruce mccandless mission specialist the
mission emblem on the cake on breakfast table which is
Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope on a field of planets …
this is shuttle launch control at t-minus … there is Navy captain Bruce
McCandless. McCandless and Kathy Sullivan will be doing the contingency EVA on
this flight should one be necessary the crew now headed for the elevator
that will take them down to the first floor where they’ll board the Astro van
for the 20-minute ride out to pad B commander and the pilot commander
Shriver and pilot Charlie Bolden Bruce McCandless and members of the support
team we’ll be going out there is the crew headed down the elevator and
momentarily we’ll see them boarding the Astro van and numerous KSC employees usually wait by the walkway to greet them as they head out main engine start we are go for main
engine start t-minus six five four three two one and liftoff of the space shuttle
Discovery with the Hubble Space Telescope our window on the universe Mission Control Houston . Roll program. Roger, roll, Discovery. The roll maneuver puts the vehicle in the proper launch plane guidance officer confirms a good roll
maneuver engines now throttling back the throttle down maneuver assist and
reducing the aerodynamic loads on Discovery’s it passes through the area
of not the maximum dynamic pressure velocity now 1,200 feet per second
discovery downrange 3 nautical miles discovery go at throttle up all three
engines now throttling back up engines at 104 percent the go at throttle up
calls signifies that all systems are performing well all three auxiliary
power units look good Discovery’s velocity now 2,300 feet per
second and it’s downrange eight nautical miles photographic equipment on the
flight deck to document the deploy activities. Discovery, Houston. Go ahead, Story. you got a go to release the … and a go to transfer Hubble to internal
power on time. Three panels out when fully deployed both of the arrays together produce about
6,000 volts about half of which is required to operate telescope systems
and during the daylight side of the past the other half is used to recharge the
six nickel hydrogen batteries shift supervisor Pete Petaro just checking
with his control team receiving a report that from the ground as confirmed by the
crew from orbit the deploy activity so far is going very smoothly we see no
indications of any problems at this time discovery you can go auto … we’re
setting up for the other array … and that is for you Houston Charlie
downstairs in the process gettin Bruce and Kathy buttoned up in the suits EVA copies and we’re watching the
fans come on discovery we’d like free drift from minus SDM deploy. okay we copy, free drift. That’s affirm. OK, you’re in free drift now. Thank you we see motion. So do we, Loren as the blankets begin deploying the
orbital verification team is watching very closely the tension being placed on
those wings so far looking good discovery go for Hubble release. OK, we have a go for release and we’re
gonna be a minute late okay Charlie Houston, Discovery go ahead charlie okay story we’ve been taking mark look good and we’d like to go ahead … we concur
Charlie Story I was taking pictures you I missed your call you want to go
ahead and do RMS tie down so we get the guys out of the airlock … that’s it
your convenience, but once we do have the RMS stowed, then we’ll back out of EVA. okay … just a few more minutes then getting some pictures here yes sir do just that … our training team who worked really so hard with us for
actually quite a long time a couple of years well I’ve been with the crew
anyway so we really appreciate all the long hours and late hours and all the
hard work they did and it’s really paid off we believe and we’d like to thank them for the little cards they gave us to read while we’re here on orbit. Very appropriate We’d like to let them know that all’s going well, we’re feeling great … okay I’m sure they’re watching if they
don’t happen to be right now I will call them.

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