MFD Status Report
August 13, 17:00 CDT
Today on the Space Shuttle Discovery, the
Ground Commanding (GC) experiments of the MFD robot arm was conducted from
5:19 CDT. Due to the Orbiter Communication Adaptor (OCA) shutdown during the GC
experiments, a part of FCERA and INSPECT
experiments were not completed, but NASDA and NASA are exploring possibilities
to reschedule the remaining GC experiment on another flight day.
The GC experiments
were conducted by file transfers from ground facilities to the Space Shuttle.
This remote control robot arm experiment is the first of its kind, conducted on
board a manned space craft and exposed to the space environment. This remote arm
operation capability is expected to assist future Space Station crew members so
that they may focus their on-orbit working hours on important space experiments.
Today's GC experiments were conducted by the following order:
Davis and Astronaut
Robinson switched the arm over to remote ground operation control mode.
- Arm movement command files were uplinked to the Space Shuttle.
command to execute arm operation. (Crew members monitors the arm movement during