Kokpit wahadłowca kosmicznego…

Kokpit wahadłowca kosmicznego Atlantis podczas misji STS-101 (2000 rok).

„Flying for the first time on Atlantis on mission STS-101, 11 new full-color, flat-panel display screens in the shuttle cockpit replace 32 gauges and electromechanical displays and four cathode-ray tube displays. The new “glass cockpit” is 34 kilograms (75 pounds) lighter and uses less power than before, and its color displays provide easier pilot recognition of key functions. The new cockpit will be installed in all shuttles by 2002, and it sets the stage for the next cockpit improvement planned to fly by 2005: a “smart cockpit” that reduces the pilots’ workload during critical periods.

On STS-101, Atlantis will fly as the most updated space shuttle ever, with more than 100 new modifications incorporated during a 10-month period at Boeing’s Palmdale, Calif., shuttle factory in 1998. Atlantis’ airlock was relocated to the payload bay to prepare for International Space Station assembly flights; the communications system was updated; several weight reduction measures were installed; enhancements were made to provide additional protection to the cooling system; and the crew cabin floor was strengthened. The shuttle Columbia is at the Palmdale factory this year receiving many of the same upgrades, including installation of the new “glass cockpit.”

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