[KwartzLab] Space Shuttle technical documentation
cedric at ccjclearline.com
Thu Aug 11 09:07:14 EDT 2011
We were chatting at TON about the resources below -- a technical operations manual, etc -- about how they did such an interesting job of laying out exactly how various systems in the Shuttle operated, and the many engineering considerations that went into making them work. Anyway, a bunch of folks seemed interested, so I figured I'd put it up on the discuss list.
Specifically, we have:
The "News Reference Manual", which I understand to the be the general Shuttle Operations Manual, in the form in which it was released to the public in 1988. It details how specific systems are constructed, work, and gives overviews of their operation.
(The part of the reference that I found was this: http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/sts-eps.html -- this section explains exactly how all the electrical fits together; I was interested in how it is that they get reliable power up there, how much power the shuttle requires, etc, and boy, did I get answers!)
Then I got looking for technical drawings that would allow me to visualize/understand how they managed all the wiring, exactly how much space there was in various areas of the machine, and so on -- I found partial satisfaction here:
While some of the drawings there were just inscrutable, I did find some very detailed drawings (wire locator drawings) showing the locations of all the wiring loom elements. It's a spotty collection, but it might have something of interest for you too.
Thirdly (unrelated to the Shuttle, but rather the Apollo flights), I wanted to mention this:
This is a link to a collection of memos from Bill Tindell, who was instrumental in the management of the Apollo program (bits n' bobs such as "flight computers"). If you're interested in how things got done there, you'll find it interesting reading (having a bit of background on Apollo mission goals and acronyms probably would make it even more interesting :).
All the Best,
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