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FAQ - But what do you DOOOOO?

I often get asked what I DO at work, other than fly the space station, because, well, I don't do that every day! There are about 30 of us or so that are certified so we rotate the shifts. This scheme gives us a chance to complete all the other tasks in our group. But what are some of those "other tasks" you ask?!?!



This week has been a good example of the variety -

On Monday I evaluated an ADCO trainee during his final simulation. This means I sat next to him and took copious notes about all of his interactions with various other flight control team members. This is one of the more intense "off-console" tasks we have to do. As an ADCO Specialist it is my job to evaluate the trainee using the "Flight Controller Performance Criteria" - basically a set of characteristics that define what a certified ADCO must possess.

On Tuesday I put together a plan for the upcoming SpaceX release and the associated simulations that we will perform leading up to the release. I also submitted a few procedure updates for my upcoming mission lead assignment on SpaceX-18.

Wednesday I hit the ground running bright and early - I was in a simulation of my own, practicing the communication and choreography required to release a SpX capsule safely. Our instructors put us through 6 runs or so of a simulated release with various failures. They told us "Ok, to get your feet wet the first run will be the nominal release," turns out they lied - that run had more failures than the rest!

On Thursday I got into work early to hop on a telecon with our Russian colleagues. I need to submit an update to one of our agreement documents and wanted to make sure they didn't have any questions. After that I met with the ADCO trainee I evaluated on Monday to discuss his performance and debrief the sim more in depth. Then I submitted four Flight Rule updates that I have been coordinating related to exercise constraints, window shutter constraints and motion control configurations for SpaceX rendezvous and release.

Tomorrow should be a lighter day - just a couple meetings to coordinate some upcoming software tests and cleaning up a few straggling to-dos.

Is your job the same every day or different? Are you someone who like routine or is unpredictability your thhanngg?

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