Brought together in late 1995, the NASA and United Space Alliance training team for STS-80 is shown below, along with our space shuttle crew. We are posing in front of the Full Fuselage Trainer, a full-scale mockup of the shuttle orbiter’s fuselage and payload bay (it didn’t have wings). Made mostly of wood, the FFT is now at the Seattle Museum of Flight, showcased in an impressive space gallery enclosed in a giant wall of glass.It’s a truism, but we could not have flown STS-80 without the thousands of hours of classroom and simulator instruction provided by this skilled group. The team taught us in the following areas:
Chris Noyes: robot arm–the payload deployment and retrieval system (PDRS)
James Tinch: on-the-job-trainee for PDRS with Chris.
Bill Preston: payloads
Kim Kennedy: communications
Alan Burge: payloads
David [Shaw?]: training manager
Jenny Young: payloads
Jean Gill: communications and NSS (simulator facilities)
Mike Jensen: orbiter systems
Wes Penney: control and propulsion
Michael Grabois: systems on-the-job trainee
Jackie Prewitt: payloads
Henry Lampazzi: ascent procedures
John Limongelli: Team Lead
Tori Palmer: data processing system and navigation
Heidi Jennings: payloads
Kelsey Watts: on-the-job trainee for data processing system (DPS) and navigation
Thank you, training team!
Practicing for orbit operations in the fixed base simulator, I sit in the pilot seat while handling some flight plan chores. I’m entering a command into the General Purpose Computer keyboard on the pilot’s side of the flight deck. We wore headsets so we could hear mission control clearly; the simulator speaker was sometimes distorted. The white caddy at right holds checklists (called flight data file) handy during free fall. The laptop at upper left showed us our position over the globe.
Egress training: We used the Cockpit Configuration Trainer in Building 9 at Johnson for practicing emergency egress from the shuttle cabin. The CCT could rotate 90 degrees to put us in a launch position, for exercising an emergency launch pad escape from the cabin. Here you see Story and I on the flight deck in the MS-1 and MS-2 seats, respectively, readying for an emergency egress run.
Similarly, we rehearsed getting out of the shuttle cabin during reentry, either for bailout in flight or for leaving the flight deck after a crash landing. Tammy rode the MS-1 seat during entry. I stayed put in the flight engineer’s seat, MS-2. All our ACES (Advanced Crew Escape Suit) suit gear, checklists, and intercom systems were realistically outfitted for these exercises.