Restraints and mobility aids are provided in the orbiter to enable
the flight crew to perform all tasks safely and efficiently during
ingress (1-g, orbiter vertical), egress (1-g, orbiter horizontal)
and orbital flight (orbiter orientation arbitrary). Restraints and
mobility aids consist of foot loop restraints, the airlock foot
restraint platform and the work/dining table. In-flight restraints
consist of temporary stowage bags, Velcro, tape, snaps, cable restraints,
clips, bungees and tethers.
Mobility aids and devices consist of handholds, footholds, handrails,
ladders and the ingress-egress platform.
Foot loop restraints are cloth loops attached to the crew compartment
decks by adhesive to secure crew members to the deck. Before launch,
the foot loop restraints are installed on the floor areas of the
aft flight deck work stations, middeck lockers, waste collection
system and galley (if installed). Spares will be stowed in the modular
lockers. To install a foot restraint, the protective backing on
the underside of the restraint is removed and the restraint is placed
in its desired location. The foot loop restraints are easily used
by placing one or both feet in the loop.
The temporary stowage bag is used to restrain, stow or transport
loose equipment temporarily. It is snapped or attached with Velcro
to the crew station standard Velcro and snap patterns.
Mobility aids and devices are located in the crew compartment for
movement of the flight crew members during ingress, egress and orbital
flight. These devices consist of handholds for ingress and egress
to and from crew seats in the launch and landing configuration,
handholds in the primary interdeck access opening for ingress and
egress in the launch and landing configuration, a platform in the
middeck for ingress and egress to and from the middeck when the
orbiter is in the launch configuration, and an interdeck access
ladder to enter the flight deck from the middeck in the launch configuration
and go from the flight deck to the middeck in the launch and landing
The flight data file is a flight reference data file that is readily
available to crew members aboard the orbiter. It consists of the
onboard complement of documentation and related crew aids and includes
documentation, such as procedural checklists (normal, backup and
emergency procedures), malfunction procedures, crew activity plans,
schematics, photographs, cue cards, star charts, Earth maps and
crew notebooks; FDF stowage containers; and FDF ancillary equipment,
such as tethers, clips, tape and erasers.
Four permanently mounted containers are located to the left and
right side of the commander's and pilot's seats for stowing FDFs
on the flight deck. The remaining FDF items are stowed in a middeck
modular stowage locker.
The flight data file quantity and stowage locations are similar
for all flights. The baseline stowage volume is sufficient to contain
all FDF items for all orbiter configurations except the pallet-mounted
payload. In this case, a larger flight data file and, consequently,
additional locker space are required because all payload operations
are performed in the orbiter.
FDF items are used throughout the flight-from prelaunch use of
the ascent checklist through crew use of the entry checklist.
Flight data files are packaged and stowed on an individual flight
basis. FDF items will be stowed in five types of stowage containers:
lockers, the flight deck module, the commander's and pilot's seat-back
FDF assemblies, the middeck FDF assembly and the map bag. The portable
containers are stowed in a middeck modular locker for launch and
If the flight carries a Spacelab module, all Spacelab books are
stowed for launch in a portable container on the middeck and transferred
in flight to the Spacelab. The FDF stowage is flexible and easily