Lot 525: Space Shuttle MSK/CSL Unit

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2015-10-06 13:05:41

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Lot 525: Shuttle MSK/CSL (Manual Selection Keyboard/Console) Unit. This NASA/JSC Mission Control Center (MCC) ground support hardware component measuring 10.75 x 8.5 x 16.5, has two hand-adjustable meters on the front, a small display labeled, "MSK CSL," and several banks of buttons. A small Rockwell International label is affixed to the front of the processor. The unit is described in the 1978 NASA/Ford Aerospace publication 'Mission Control Center (MCC) System Specification For The Shuttle Orbital Flight Test (OFT) Timeframe.' The Mission Control Center Space Shuttle OFT Data System (OFTDS) provided facilities for flight control and data systems personnel which monitored and controlled the Shuttle flights from launch (tower clear) to rollout (wheels stopped on runway). It also supported the preparation for flight (flight planning, flight controller and crew training, and integrated vehicle and network testing activities). In addition, OFTDS provided for monitoring and control of specific payloads assigned to JSC. Equipment like MSK Console assisted realtime system monitoring performed in the MCC to assure crew safety, mission success, and qualification of the Shuttle onboard systems. Additional OFTDS tasks provided support for Orbiter guidance, targeting, communication, trajectory determination, navigation, monitoring, and control. Accompanied by three print outs of Ford Aerospace schematics titled: "CONTROL – INDICATOR MANUAL SELECTION KEYBOARD" with NASA contract number "NAS9 15014." RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462 Wednesday, 14th October 2015 Estimate: $600-800
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