[amsat-bb] Re: Uh, ISS, We Have a Problem...

Andrew Koenig andrewkoenig at thathamkid.com
Fri Sep 12 11:38:32 PDT 2008

To be honest, I'm not surprised that they can control a billion dollar
station with just a few laptops from hundreds of miles away from Mission
Control. I remember during Hurricane Rita, mission control was given to the
Russian space agency, and NASA was evacuated (look into Zone A and Zone B in
Houston evac maps, I live in Zone B btw).

Hopefully the JSC isn't flattened, since the track is headed right up
towards it.

>From my evacuation site, KE5GDB

On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 3:10 AM, Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com> wrote:

> On Sep 11, 2008, at 11:07 PM, Clint Bradford wrote:
> > Well, it's happening right now. Eleven laptop computers in a nearby
> > hotel are controlling the ISS, since NASA's Johnson Space Center in
> > Houston closed Thursday due to the approaching storm.
> Working for a company that makes videoconferencing gear, and putting
> that out as a "disclaimer"... it made me think ... wow... not a whole
> lot of excuses for not using modern technology and closing down LOTS
> of "old fashioned" office buildings whenever possible, with more
> professionals working from home.
> Less fuel/cars, less travel, lots of other benefits... and the kicker
> phrase to use to get people thinking differently...
> "Hey, if you can control ISS from a hotel room..."
> Lots of hams with complete "remote control" ham shacks, and clubs
> doing it too for the folks who can't have towers/antennas.  I'd rather
> see those folks able to do what they like with their land they OWN,
> including towers if they want.  So un-American to put up with
> Homeowner's Associations and forced contracts of behavior for your own
> LAND... but... it's cool that the technology along with broadband
> Internet, allows things to get done easily from "somewhere else",
> securely, safely, and it all works.
> Of course, the geek in me wants to know HOW they're doing it.
> Wouldn't it be cool if there's a bunch of VNC or similar free tools
> doing the job?  I doubt it, but hey... whatever.  They're pulling it
> off.
> Wonder how they're getting the comms back and forth too... is the
> voice comm person in the hotel room too?
> Yeah, yeah, I know they have some folks staying in Mission Control...
> but it's still cool.  And obviously "do-able" to "remote control"
> everything -- well mostly everything.  (There's mention on
> SpaceFlightNow's article that the solar panel pointing, of all goofy
> things, isn't something they can do from the hotel room.  Wonder why?)
> --
> Nate Duehr, WY0X
> nate at natetech.com
> _______________________________________________
> Sent via AMSAT-BB at amsat.org. Opinions expressed are those of the author.
> Not an AMSAT-NA member? Join now to support the amateur satellite program!
> Subscription settings: http://amsat.org/mailman/listinfo/amsat-bb

Andrew K.

More information about the AMSAT-BB mailing list