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    Default Is Chris Kraft's "mission rules" book available somewhere?



    In his book "Flight - My Life in Mission Control" Chris Kraft keeps
    refering to a mission rules/procedure book - one of the two bibles of
    mission control (the other being the book of schematics). Is this book
    available anywhere?




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    Default Is Chris Kraft's "mission rules" book available somewhere?

    "Bar Code" <barcode@barcode.com> wrote:

    Chris is referring to the Flight Rules. It's not a book that you can get at
    Barnes & Noble, it's a "living document" that is maintained by the Mission
    Operations Directorate at JSC for use *exclusively* by Flight Controllers in
    the Mission Control Center.

    Up until FOIA requests after Columbia's demise, it was absolutely excluded
    from Internet distribution.

    Now, if you go here (http://www.nasa.gov/columbia/foia/index.html), you can
    find both the last "generic" set and the "flight-specific" set:

    http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/columbia/fr_generic.pdf (5.4MB PDF file!)
    http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/news/columbia/fr_sts107.pdf (2.7MB PDF file!)

    Roger
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    Roger Balettie
    former Flight Dynamics Officer
    Space Shuttle Mission Control
    http://www.balettie.com/



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    Default Is Chris Kraft's "mission rules" book available somewhere?

    Thank you very much for that pointer! I looked at it today and it was
    extremely interesting. Do you believe there are publicly available archived
    versions of this document as it stood in 1970 or so?

    Thank you again.

    Roger Balettie wrote:



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    "Roger Balettie" <rbalettie@austin.rr.com> wrote:

    I notice that this set is missing pages... 2-1 through 2-9 at least.

    What are the other volumes of the set?

    D.
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    at the following URLs:

    Text-Only Version:
    http://www.io.com/~o_m/columbia_loss_faq.html

    Enhanced HTML Version:
    http://www.io.com/~o_m/columbia_loss_faq_x.html

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    derekl1963@yahoo.com (Derek Lyons) wrote in
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    Flight Rules often have updates called Page Change Notices (PCNs). These
    only replace the changed from the existing book. The Flight Rules can
    sometimes accumulate several PCNs before the book gets republished.

    It looks to me like this PDF file consists of PCN-1 (11/21/02), *then* the
    Final book (6/20/02). Since the PCN didn't change anything in section 1 or
    pages 2-1 through 2-8, those pages don't appear when you leaf through the
    book from the beginning. I found them starting on p. 447 of the PDF.
    Confusing, to say the least. I wish they'd incorporated the PCN before
    producing the PDF file.


    Volume A - Shuttle (All Flights)
    Volume B - ISS (Generic)
    Volume C - Shuttle/ISS Joint Rules
    Volume D - Soyuz/Progress/ISS Joint Rules
    Volume E - ATV/ISS Joint Rules

    Flight-specific shuttle rules, and increment-specific ISS rules, are
    contained in separate Annexes.

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    "Jorge R. Frank" <jrfrank@ibm-pc.borg> wrote in
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    Oops... that should be either "changed pages" or "pages that were changed".


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    "Derek Lyons" <derekl1963@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Jorge's answer is correct... this PDF (annoyingly) has the PCN updates
    first, then the "full doc" afterwards. :/

    Roger
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    former Flight Dynamics Officer
    Space Shuttle Mission Control
    http://www.balettie.com/



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    "Jorge R. Frank" <jrfrank@ibm-pc.borg> wrote:


    <nods> Same thing we had, except they were called simply 'changes'
    with occasional 'revisions' when there was a large change. We also
    had 'message changes', which were essentially memos to change one or
    two lines.

    After some of the rules there is an 'R' in a circle, followed by a
    number. What does that stand for?


    Yah. I flipped through the first few pages (the PCN) then to the end,
    so it appeared to be a complete document missing some pages at the
    start.


    Thanks.

    D.
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    The STS-107 Columbia Loss FAQ can be found
    at the following URLs:

    Text-Only Version:
    http://www.io.com/~o_m/columbia_loss_faq.html

    Enhanced HTML Version:
    http://www.io.com/~o_m/columbia_loss_faq_x.html

    Corrections, comments, and additions should be
    e-mailed to om@io.com, as well as posted to
    sci.space.history and sci.space.shuttle for
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    derekl1963@yahoo.com (Derek Lyons) wrote in
    news:3f391fc9.866434@supernews.seanet.com:


    We have those as well, but we call them "pen & inks".


    I'm not 100% sure, but I think it's used to mark a rule that has been
    revised. The first six digits of the number are the date of the change
    (mmddyy), followed by a dash, then the Change Request (CR) number.

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    On Tue, 12 Aug 2003 12:31:26 GMT, "Roger Balettie"
    <rbalettie@austin.rr.com> wrote:


    That's to give everyone the thrill of updating their version. It's
    especially fun when the update pages have the three holes slightly
    mis-punched, so they hang up in the three-ring binder.

    I first learned to loathe this whole process with IBM manuals,
    eventually moving on to Dash-1s and NATOPS manuals. Dryden didn't do
    updates of the BOM (Basic Operations Manual), just changes.
    Project-specific flight rules and checklists were never updated
    , but always re-issued as new versions.

    Mary

    --
    Mary Shafer Retired aerospace research engineer
    miliff@qnet.com

 

 
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