Thursday, March 26, 2015

Simmin'

You guyz.

I asked for your positive energy for my evaluation sim and you delivered!!! I passed!!!!!!!

Since NASA is confusing sometimes, I will try to explain exactly what this means. I have a simulation about once per week. These are called "Integrated Simulations" and include all of the major flight control disciplines plus a few of the Russian mission control positions. When you have shown consistently "good" performance in all of the Flight Controller Performance Criteria categories and when your mentor and instructors feel you are ready, they will schedule a Certification Qualification (Cert Qual for short). Basically, this is an intermediate evaluation to determine if you are ready to take a "Final" simulation. After only three integrated sims, everyone agreed to let me take a Cert Qual! And this is what I passed last week!

So, if you're keeping score, I still have one more big and "Final" evaluation sim before I can start my two weeks of console on-the-job-training, and then I can fly the ISS solo!! Keep the positive energy flowing!

On a related note, tomorrow NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly is scheduled to launch to the ISS to begin a historic YEAR in space! The launch is planned for 2:42pm CDT and will be shown on NASA TV! You can view a pretty neat "trailer" by Time Magazine here. And tune into the launch for me, I will be in another simulation!