Saturday, February 01, 2014

The Graceful Rendez-Vous Pitch Maneuvers

Following the Columbia accident, all orbiters flying after STS-107 performed the Rendez-Vous Pitch Maneuver, a back flip used to image and analyze the leading edge of the orbiter and the tiles of the Thermal Protection System by astronauts on board the International Space Station and eventually engineers on the ground.

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