Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Pushing the Bounds of Discovery

My “mission” was the Space Shuttle
by Marion M.

In 1977, I began working for Lockheed Martin in Houston, Texas, as an on-site computer programmer at the NASA Johnson Space Center.

I wrote and maintained a computer program that processed real-time telemetry data from the Space Shuttle. It decommutated, converted to engineering units and displayed the results on a monitor.

I was in in the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) running the program for a NASA engineer on January 28, 1986, when the computer monitor went blank due to the Challenger disaster.

Thus began many hours of rerunning the program with recorded tape input and printing the last seconds of selected data items for analysis by investigative personnel.

Thanks Lockheed Martin, it was a wonderful ride!