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Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Mon Feb 06, 2006 12:30 am

Sorry if this has been posted before but I just came along this video. Its pretty interesting and then pretty emotional at times. For the video they take the audio transcripts and put them at the same time during the home videos.
http://www.2bdfilms.com/features/rtr_afop.wmv
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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:59 pm

KPDX,

Thanks for sharing the video link. It's worth the wait (for me on a slow DSL line) to download and watch. Somebody put a lot of effort into it. I am going to forward the lin to a number of friends.

Thanks again,

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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Sun Feb 12, 2006 7:35 pm

An interesting point that very few ever mention is had Columbia not broken up, the additional drag created by the whole in her wing would have not allowed them to reach the Kennedy Space Center Runway. They would have had to ditch off the coast.

That, most likely would have been survivable.
 
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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:24 pm

An excellent reconstruction video...

About the ditching... when they (pilots and Mission Control) started realizing the damage (perhaps another minute or two and they'd have pieced it together) to the wing and performance, could they have made an alternate landing site?
 
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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:08 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
That, most likely would have been survivable.

I have read the opposite. I think most shuttle landings are done at around 200kts. If you were to "fudge" a little and suppose they were to touch down at minimum flying speed, they might still be doing 170kts. That's a lot of energy to get rid of.

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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:26 am

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
An interesting point that very few ever mention is had Columbia not broken up, the additional drag created by the whole in her wing would have not allowed them to reach the Kennedy Space Center Runway. They would have had to ditch off the coast.

That, most likely would have been survivable.

The devil is in the details. If the vehicle couldn't make the Cape, there would be a sporting chance of making Orlando International or MacDill AFB, depending on how short on energy the vehicle was. Also, the vehicle flies itself based on how much energy it has. If it is slowing down more than it expects to be, the S-turns to dissipate speed would be made smaller in order to stretch the energy to reach the destination.

If the vehicle is still controllable but without enough energy to reach the runway, that would be a bail out situation. Columbia didn't last long enough for that to happen, but I've heard reports (i.e., rumors) that the guys in the back rooms were preparing a bail out recommendation when Mission Control lost contact with Columbia. (This was mostly because they thought the tires were blown and no longer reliable for landing.)
 
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RE: Columbia Disaster Reeconstruction Video

Thu Feb 23, 2006 7:45 am

Interesting video..what a sad day. One I'll never forget when/where/how I heard this news....

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