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(Some Space Shuttle)   A high res, 360° view of the Space Shuttle Discovery flight deck. You weren't going to get much done today anyway   (360vr.com ) divider line
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2011-07-12 11:11:48 AM  
thats pretty awesome.

you would think they would have some more cushion in those chairs
 
2011-07-12 11:11:49 AM  
Not surprisingly, it's quite utilitarian. The chairs look uncomfortable.
 
2011-07-12 11:14:44 AM  

Freakin Rican: you would think they would have some more cushion in those chairs


cgraves67: The chairs look uncomfortable.


The cushions are all on the back. Remember, it's nose-up for takeoff, and then it's all zero-G for the ride, until you de-orbit and land.

Oh, and if you look down the hole behind the captain's seat...

STOWAWAY!!
 
2011-07-12 11:17:53 AM  

Freakin Rican: thats pretty awesome.


It would be 10x awesomer if you could actually read the displays and labels. The only thing remotely intelligible are the labels on the overhead panel.
 
2011-07-12 11:22:33 AM  

dittybopper: Freakin Rican: thats pretty awesome.

It would be 10x awesomer if you could actually read the displays and labels. The only thing remotely intelligible are the labels on the overhead panel.


Yeah it would be cool to be able to read what all the switches and lights were. Can make out a few but not most. Still neat, though.
 
2011-07-12 11:24:42 AM  
I want to press all of those buttons
 
2011-07-12 11:27:08 AM  
It's a safe bet that if Velcro was ever taken off the market, we would never fly in space again.
 
2011-07-12 11:27:13 AM  
Where the hell's the door? That little hatchway in the floor?

Also, I'd imagine that laptop sitting on the panel has more processing power than all of the shuttle's onboard computers put together.
 
2011-07-12 11:30:50 AM  

Bondith: Where the hell's the door? That little hatchway in the floor?


There's one on the left and right side "floor" panels behind each seat. They're larger than they look, considering they have to accommodate a person in a pressure suit.

Once you're in orbit, the entire concept of a "door" is changed. A hole big enough for you to swim through is all you need!
 
2011-07-12 11:30:58 AM  

Bondith: Where the hell's the door? That little hatchway in the floor?


Ever notice that you don't see a lot of fat astronauts?
 
2011-07-12 11:41:34 AM  
The only thing modern in that whole cockpit is that out of warranty Dell laptop behind the pilot's chair.
 
2011-07-12 11:49:03 AM  

SithLord: The only thing modern in that whole cockpit is that out of warranty Dell laptop behind the pilot's chair.


That, and the entire avionics package. The joystick controllers look pretty modern too.
 
2011-07-12 11:49:07 AM  
Glad I wasn't the only one to notice the chairs. Seems like they should be Barcalounger quality if you're going to be pulling serious Gs.
 
2011-07-12 11:56:53 AM  
Is that a printout of what the displays may look like taped over the actual displays?
 
2011-07-12 12:09:13 PM  

nwarlick: I want to press all of those buttons


Me too!
 
2011-07-12 12:11:39 PM  
Wow. Switch overload. But the avionics are beautiful.
 
2011-07-12 12:19:20 PM  
Has anyone mentioned that the chairs look really uncomfortable?
 
2011-07-12 12:19:21 PM  
I can't find a cup holder or an ashtray, what a hunk of junk.
 
2011-07-12 12:19:48 PM  
Needs more switches.
 
2011-07-12 12:23:45 PM  
I can't find the 'Explode' switch
 
2011-07-12 12:26:40 PM  
If I were an astronaut, during the landing I would be making lots of "pew pew pew" sounds.

One of the many reasons I am not an astronaut.
 
2011-07-12 12:29:02 PM  
Wow, at first I couldnt believe how analog the inside looked, but then I realized how old these shutles are. Very cool nonetheless

I wanna see a giant touchscreen interface on the next generation rockets - whoever they may be built by
 
2011-07-12 12:35:16 PM  

markie_farkie: It's a safe bet that if Velcro was ever taken off the market, we would never fly in space again.


Ironic since it was velcro that almost killed the space program before there was even a plan for shuttles.

www.jimloy.com

Velcro in a high-oxygen high-pressure atmosphere can become literally explosive.
 
2011-07-12 12:35:51 PM  

whizbangthedirtfarmer: Glad I wasn't the only one to notice the chairs. Seems like they should be Barcalounger quality if you're going to be pulling serious Gs.


And the co-pilot doesn't even get an oven-mitt to sit on.
 
2011-07-12 12:36:38 PM  
Fix the cigarette lighter.
 
2011-07-12 12:41:40 PM  
between the two joysticks behind them, there is a "Canada" plaque.
Are we sure this is the discovery?
 
2011-07-12 12:52:04 PM  
I was kinda hoping there'd be a steering wheel with a knob on it.
 
2011-07-12 12:52:52 PM  

papabusche: between the two joysticks behind them, there is a "Canada" plaque.
Are we sure this is the discovery?


The Canadarm was installed on every shuttle.
 
2011-07-12 12:56:08 PM  

papabusche: between the two joysticks behind them, there is a "Canada" plaque.
Are we sure this is the discovery?


Considering those are likely the Canadarm controls and that's a Government of Canada logo, it makes sense.
 
2011-07-12 01:05:24 PM  
Disappointed to note the conspicuous absence of an inanimate carbon rod holding anything together. That and giant ants.
 
2011-07-12 01:11:12 PM  

Eddy Gurge: I can't find a cup holder or an ashtray, what a hunk of junk.


It'll make .5 past light speed. It might not look like much, but it's got it where it counts.
 
2011-07-12 01:28:09 PM  
I knew it

www.n2wzb.net
 
2011-07-12 01:50:08 PM  

dittybopper: Freakin Rican: thats pretty awesome.

It would be 10x awesomer if you could actually read the displays and labels. The only thing remotely intelligible are the labels on the overhead panel.


Hopefully this (new window) makes it awesomer for you. Down at the bottom there, clickclick.
 
2011-07-12 02:05:48 PM  
shiat, I've seen better electronics from radio shack in the 80's with the build your own radio kits.

/Oh, so that must mean the shuttle was a build it yourself kit from the higher end radio shacks. Neat.
 
2011-07-12 02:18:59 PM  

nwarlick: I want to press all of those buttons


Me too.
 
2011-07-12 02:39:17 PM  

Av8rLuvr: Wow. Switch overload. But the avionics are beautiful.


Really? I thought they looked pretty antiquated. Have you ever seen a G3000? I'm sure it's got a lot more under the hood, but it's not much to look at when compared to what a lot of corporate jets have started flying with.
 
2011-07-12 03:01:34 PM  

Bondith: Where the hell's the door? That little hatchway in the floor?


This is the flight deck. There's a "mid-deck" directly under the flight deck. That's where the floor openings behind the seats lead to. The entry hatch is on the mid-deck.
 
Bf+
2011-07-12 03:01:38 PM  

dittybopper: Freakin Rican: thats pretty awesome.

It would be 10x awesomer if you could actually read the displays and labels. The only thing remotely intelligible are the labels on the overhead panel.


zoomed in:
accidentalstepmom.files.wordpress.com
 
2011-07-12 03:15:34 PM  

DemDave: Really? I thought they looked pretty antiquated. Have you ever seen a G3000? I'm sure it's got a lot more under the hood, but it's not much to look at when compared to what a lot of corporate jets have started flying with.


It doesn't look much different than say a 747-400 glass cockpit really. You've got your EICAS, situation indicator and data, everything you need to effectively land the shuttle. It doesn't have to look fancy, it just has to work.
 
2011-07-12 03:42:03 PM  

nekom: It doesn't look much different than say a 747-400 glass cockpit really. You've got your EICAS, situation indicator and data, everything you need to effectively land the shuttle. It doesn't have to look fancy, it just has to work.

http://www.fark.com/comments/6377140/70343112#c70343112

I was just pointing out that it's not much to look at when you compare it to some of the commercial glass cockpits out there. It's not like you need something like Garmin's Synthetic Vision when the only obstacles around are 300 miles below you, though. In fact, the more complex it is, the more it's likely it is to fail. And on NASA's shoestring budget, if you can avoid using a few extra GPUs, all the better.
 
2011-07-12 03:48:49 PM  
Little know fact: most of those buttons are not needed for the operation of the space shuttle. They only play canned-laughter and fart noises.
 
2011-07-12 03:53:02 PM  

big pig peaches: Little know fact: most of those buttons are not needed for the operation of the space shuttle. They only play canned-laughter and fart noises.


Honestly I was surprised it had as many buttons and switches as it does. I would figure that most of it should be automated.
 
2011-07-12 04:18:23 PM  

mjbok: big pig peaches: Little know fact: most of those buttons are not needed for the operation of the space shuttle. They only play canned-laughter and fart noises.

Honestly I was surprised it had as many buttons and switches as it does. I would figure that most of it should be automated.


Having things done in such a manual way is what helped us get these guys home:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_13
With all those buttons hidden by one big friendly screen... the wrong thing goes wrong, and you're 100% hosed.

Also keep in mind the shuttle first launched 30 years ago, and was designed several years prior to that... in reality, the shuttle tech is closer to the Apollo program than it is to my cell phone... ugh I'm old.
 
2011-07-12 04:22:10 PM  
Me poking around Discovery right before STS-114.

i905.photobucket.com
 
2011-07-12 04:34:31 PM  

Herb_the_betta: Me poking around Discovery right before STS-114.

[i905.photobucket.com image 403x592]


CSB....


/No really CSB
//Jealous
 
2011-07-12 04:45:03 PM  

Bondith: Where the hell's the door? That little hatchway in the floor?

Also, I'd imagine that laptop sitting on the panel has more processing power than all of the shuttle's onboard computers put together.


actually, an xbox 360 does, they never changed the electronics because they worked 'so well'
 
2011-07-12 04:58:15 PM  

Herb_the_betta: Me poking around Discovery right before STS-114.


I like the red REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT cover thingie over the joystick.. That would be an ideal conversation starter to place on your crotch at parties!

/oh, and you're one lucky bastard!
 
2011-07-12 05:38:44 PM  
That would've been cooler had it been a high enough resolution to read the buttons. Kubrick would've done it that way.
 
2011-07-12 07:04:57 PM  

markie_farkie: Herb_the_betta: Me poking around Discovery right before STS-114.

I like the red REMOVE BEFORE FLIGHT cover thingie over the joystick.. That would be an ideal conversation starter to place on your crotch at parties!

/oh, and you're one lucky bastard!


Hmmm, I might have to request on of those before my lab shuts down.
 
2011-07-12 07:22:23 PM  

Worst.Fark handle. ever.: markie_farkie: It's a safe bet that if Velcro was ever taken off the market, we would never fly in space again.

Ironic since it was velcro that almost killed the space program before there was even a plan for shuttles.

[www.jimloy.com image 320x240]

VelcroEverything in a high-oxygen high-pressure atmosphere can become literally explosive.


FTFY
 
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