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Questions tagged [mission-control]

Questions regarding the people or procedures of the center that manages space missions.

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Why was Houston selected as the location for the Manned Spacecraft Center?

NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center in located in Houston, Texas. What were the site selection criteria, and what contenders were there other than Houston? The center is named for Lyndon B. Johnson. He ...
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What event determined the transfer of control from Kennedy Space Center to Houston?

Launches at Kennedy Space Center in Florida were managed by the on-site launch control center. At some point in the mission, authority was transferred to the mission control center in Houston, Texas. ...
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How did mission control work for the concurrent Gemini 6A and 7 missions?

Gemini 6A and 7 were two manned missions that together accomplished the first successful space rendezvous. As they were in space at the same time, Did they share the same mission control room, or ...
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Operator access to a cube satellite or any educational satellite

I would like to have free or low-cost access to an existing CubeSat (educational satellite) for educational purposes. I wish to familiarise myself with the end to end command & control activities, ...
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What are the top most used satellite control system, flight dynamics solution at the moment ? Approx costs?

I am looking for a list of top most used satellite control systems, flight dynamics solutions by space agencies, private companies etc. the moment? How much do they cost approx for use by 1 person? Is ...
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Were there any CAPCOMs who were not astronauts?

The capsule communicator (CAPCOM) is the person in mission control who speaks to the astronauts. The position was invented by NASA's first flight director, Chris Kraft, who believed it would be best ...
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CAPCOM Console at Mercury Control Center; what does Desired Retrofire Setting time display mean?

Wikipedia's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station page links to the image Alan Shepard in Mercury Control Center (shown below). The console has two large digital time displays. One is dedicated GMT but ...
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How closely can ground control monitor ISS astronauts?

How closely can ground control monitor astronauts aboard the ISS. Are there cameras or microphones that the ground can use to see and hear what's happening, or are they reliant on the crew to relay ...
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How does an array of concrete pillars protect a launch control bunker?

This answer explains that this regular grid of concrete posts at Baikonur LC-1 Gagarin's Start is designed to reduce damage to the launch control bunker beneath it in the event of a catastrophic ...
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How long is the ISS out of reach of all ground stations?

This is a followup to a recent question and answer discussing ground-based monitoring of the International Space Station, specifically in the context of an astronaut crew that is all asleep. How ...
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What does the ISS Mission control center do?

This related question asks about Mission Control's responsibilities during a hurricane. But there's a more general question underneath: what do the people in Mission Control do, what are their ...
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State of the art of satellite Attitude Determination and Control Systems

I know I might get an answer like "the sky is not the limit"... But considering the actual state of the art of modern satellites ADC systems. Haven't we reached a "maximum" yet? Or are there still a ...
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What are these enclosed regions on the Mission Control Center map?

Whilst watching NASA TV over the years, I've often seen the map on the wall of Mission Control:      "Main Screen in the ISS Mission Control Center", by AGeekMom, CC BY 2.0 In ...
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Dual Spin satellite control using momentum exchange

When the stability of dual spin satellite with rotor along z axis an additional equation for the relative motion between the rotor and satellite is added to Euler's equation. Similarly on introducing ...
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What are the mission control backup options on a satellite/space-craft?

So I'm going through Brian Harvey's "Rebirth of the Russian Space Program". At one point the book mentions the Russian Satellite control centre at Serphukov-15 was totalled by fire. The consequence ...
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Finding rocket transfer function for rocket stabilization

I've been working on rocket stabilization for my graduation project similar to this video: Roll gyro stabilized rocket with automatic control system. I used a low cost MEMS sensor (MPU-6050) and was ...
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Do astronauts go on a random banter with mission control like in the film 'Gravity'?

In the film 'Gravity', astronauts can be seen having casual chat with mission control. Do astronauts do that in real life? Do they have any specific policy that states what can be communicated over ...
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What is the minimum team-size for mission control? [closed]

There happen to be several questions out here on DIY spacecraft/launch-systems ... so I figure this question should be the next that comes to mind Unless one happens to be on the craft, and well-...
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Does mission control track craft in an adjacent orbit on the Mercator?

shows the Mercator screen at the centre. I'm probably wrong about this (feel free to shoot me down) but the Mercator up there appears to render what look like 3 different orbit tracks. Why are there ...
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Oxygen for manned missions

What are some techniques/ways to provide enough oxygen for some manned mission that would last, say, years? edited I mean some arbitrary mission departing from earth to infinity and beyond... No ...
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Is there research on optimal control/command strategy/hierachy?

On manned-missions which take its participants further and further into space it will be quite difficult to have a control center on Earth as it takes longer an longer to communicate. It takes the ...
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Why is it that during reentry phase a capsule cannot communicate with mission control?

During reentry phase into the Earth's atmosphere the heat produced by air friction does not allow any communication with the surface. Why does the heat interfere with electronic frequencies and ...