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16  Project Apollo - NASSP / Planning / Re: Apollo 7 Initial Switch Positions on: January 18, 2010, 09:12:10 PM
That's great news!  I'm checking it out now.  Happy

I had to put the journal on hold until I got real life, work, and school squared away...  Hopefully, I can get it rolling again real soon.
17  Project Apollo - NASSP / Planning / Apollo 7 Initial Switch Positions on: June 28, 2008, 07:22:44 AM
Hello and thanks again for all the great work.

  Are there any plans to update the switch positions at start-up to match the configuration at back-up crew ingress?  I have attached a mini checklist I use to get things squared away before picking up with the back-up crew procedures.
  I have no idea how much trouble it would be to change the default switch settings for a scenario (spoken like a true non-programmer  Happy) but the changes are in the attached document if anybody is interested.
18  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo 7 Flight Journal on: January 19, 2008, 02:52:44 PM
The Apollo 7 preliminary flight plan from May of 68 is up:

This is only the preliminary version that was put out before the final review. I would expect this version to be pretty similar to the final product considering the crew's stance on flight plan changes. That's just a guess though... I'll keep working towards getting the final version.
19  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Understanding Guidance & Navigation - Help on: January 19, 2008, 02:38:41 PM
Here is a video describing a P52 option 3 IMU alignment:

I really need to update it but you should get an idea of what is involved in navigation. The procedures for other alignments and navigation tasks are a little different but the basics are about the same. The flightplans Mooncat mention are a great starting point...
20  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo 7 Flight Journal on: January 09, 2008, 07:18:58 PM
Man, you guys give me too much credit!  Very Happy  The Apollo 7 journal is my first involvement with the project... David Woods and the others set the standard; I'm just trying to live up to it.  I agree with you all that the flight and lunar surface journals are works of art for Apollo history buffs like us.  I just hope I can do Apollo 7 credit...


 I'm making progress on getting a flightplan and , hopefully, some checklists soon.  The best I can do for now is a preliminary flightplan dated May of 1968.  The NASA history office is being great about this and should have it scanned for me (and you) by next week. 


 I will definitely add the link and footnotes as you requested. I'll do what I can to get you guys some recognition on the other NASA sites as well, and at least spread the word about what is going on here.  I'm surprised they haven't picked up on the work you guys are doing already considering the emphasis on historical accuracy ( and not to mention that it is free  Happy).


 I just finished watching the Spacecraft Films Apollo 17 set Happy. It really makes you wonder "what might have been". I didn't even know about the Apollo 17 flight journal until a couple weeks ago. It is great work and I'd like to see it expanded too.

21  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Apollo 7 Flight Journal on: January 05, 2008, 09:42:19 PM
Hello all,

 I recently began work on the "Apollo 7 Flight Journal" and hoped it might come in handy here. For anybody who is unfamiliar with the Apollo Flight Journals, they are corrected transcripts of the air to ground voice transmissions, onboard tape recordings, and PAO commentary for the flight phase of the Apollo missions. A running commentary is provided adding little details and explaining things that might be unclear to the readers.
The current set can be viewed here:

 The Apollo 7 journal is still in the very early stages of editing but some of you may still find it useful. I do not expect it to show up on the NASA site for a few weeks but I keep a "test" version updated here:

 I started this project with NASSP in mind; to give folks something to read during phases of the mission where no real action is required. There are some interesting little tid-bits, especially from the onboard tapes, that add a lot of "life" to the mission while following along in the simulation. Hopefully, all of you will enjoy reading it as it gets closer to completion.

 I should have the remainder of the corrected transcript up fairly soon, then pick up again with my own commentary at the post-insertion tasks. Any corrections, suggestions, or additions are always welcome.
22  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo Training Videos on: July 17, 2007, 07:01:35 PM
If you guys want to post them somewhere else feel free. I have no problems what-so-ever with a third party distributing them. They were made for the community and the community can use them as they see fit.  Happy  I have plenty of space and bandwidth so I'll keep them up on my site for the foreseeable future.

Thanks for the info Tschachim. I was a little fuzzy on the exact step the fine align was performed on. I'll update the video this weekend.

I just returned from a six week course with the Air Force and haven't had a chance to work on anything else. I'll try to make time this weekend for a CSM separation from the S-IVB and DAP operations. From there, I hope to finish out the Apollo 7 mission and move on to Apollo 8. At this rate it may be a while but the fun is in getting there. Happy

Thanks for the feedback fellas...
23  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo Training Videos on: June 01, 2007, 06:59:55 PM
Thanks fellas...  Happy

 The P52 option 3 video is now up. Please have a look and let me know what you think.


 I should be able to clean these up a little more and get rid of some more of the fuzziness. The file sizes are lower than I expected so more compression can go. I have the videos running at about the same resolution as the captured footage so zooming in on the DSKY doesn't really do anything any more. I think I'll just remove the zoom since you can get the same effect by increasing the video's size on the monitor...

24  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo Training Videos on: May 31, 2007, 10:07:27 AM
OK, I fixed the panel showing through, increased the resolution, and re-cut it with a zoomed in DSKY at places. The video now goes all the way through the insertion checklist.

The only thing I'm not happy with is the pacing at the end. I'll have a go at slowing down the DAP load and other DSKY interactions so folks can follow what is going on a little better. After that, its on to setting up an orb rate with the S-IVB, the post-insertion checklist, and a P52 option 3.

I'll keep the video links at the top of this thread.
25  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Re: Apollo Training Videos on: May 29, 2007, 08:26:48 AM

 I used Fraps to capture the video and Adobe Premiere to do the editing. It seems like a pretty good program and is available as a free beta download at the moment. It has way more options than Movie Maker but it takes some getting used to.


 Higher resolution and less compression will help the readability. Now-a-days, 100+ megs is nothing when it comes to downloading video so the quality can be bumped up a tad. However, I will try to keep it to a minimum.  Wink I can also have a zoomed in view of the DSKY or panel pop up whenever it is needed. A larger or more noticeable cursor wouldn't hurt either.

 No sweat on the playback feature... From what I can tell, it only saves the very basic operations and has no voice-over capability. No big loss.

26  Project Apollo - NASSP / Project Apollo - NASSP News & Discussion / Apollo Training Videos on: May 28, 2007, 05:21:31 PM
Project Apollo Basics:

Project Apollo - NASSP Installation and Set-up

Spacecraft Controls

Apollo 7:

Apollo 7 Launch Demonstration (from 2010)

Service Propulsion System Overview (from 2010)
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