Answers Your Questions
| From: Emma Schidgal, of St. Paul
To: Bill Reeves, flight director for the planning team
Question: While looking at the answers posted on ask the MCC, I have noticed that many of them have a position in mission control, followed by the words "orbit 2." What does "orbit 2" mean?
Answer: Both the Shuttle and Station control rooms are manned around the clock during the mission. There are three teams of flight controllers in each that handover from one to another three times a day. The designation "Orbit 2" is just the name of one of those teams on the shuttle side. The word Orbit is used to differentiate a team from the Ascent team (the team that launches the shuttle) and the Entry team (the team that will be on console when the shuttle returns).Dean Lenort, Orbit 1 Propulsion Officer