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Boeing and Honeywell Space Systems Recognized for Space Shuttle 'Glass Cockpit' Delivery.

HOUSTON, June 20 /PRNewswire/ --

Space Shuttle space shuttle, reusable U.S. space vehicle. Developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), it consists of a winged orbiter, two solid-rocket boosters, and an external tank.  prime contractor United Space Alliance (USA) has announced that Boeing and Honeywell Space Systems are recipients of the prestigious USA Space Achievement Award for the outstanding performance of the Multifunction Electronic Display Subsystem (MEDS meds A popular term for physician-prescribed medications ) during the recent Space Shuttle Atlantis mission, STS-101.

USA's Space Achievement Award is given to those groups or individuals who make outstanding contributions to the success of human space exploration. The performance of the "glass cockpit," the latest safety upgrade to the Space Shuttle fleet, was an outstanding success on the recent mission to the International Space Station, according to USA Program Manager Howard DeCastro.

"Post flight analysis shows that the new display system performed almost flawlessly throughout the 10-day flight," said DeCastro. "The system ran smoothly as advertised, providing critical data to the flight crew during launch, on orbit and landing operations. I congratulate the Boeing and Honeywell engineering teams that designed, manufactured and installed the hardware, and had it ready to fly."

"The glass cockpit definitely provided a greater sense of awareness for the crew," remarked Atlantis crew commander Jim Halsell, following the successful first flight. Atlantis is the first of the four Shuttle Orbiters to be equipped with the new system, which features state of the art active matrix flat panel display A thin display screen for computer and TV usage. The first flat panels appeared on laptop computers in the mid-1980s, and the LCD technology became the standard. Stand-alone LCD screens became available for desktop computers in the mid-1990s and exceeded sales of CRTs for the first time  technology.

The MEDS was designed and built by Honeywell Space Systems of Phoenix, Arizona, under subcontract with Boeing Reusable Space Systems, USA's subcontractor for Space Shuttle Orbiter production, modifications, system and payload integration, and operations. It was installed and tested during Orbiter Maintenance and Modification (OMM OMM Organisation Météorologique Mondiale (French: World Meteorological Organization)
OMM Organización Meteorológica Mundial (Spanish: World Meteorological Organization)
OMM Organizzazione Meteorologica Mondiale
) operations by Boeing at their Palmdale, California, plant in 1998.

MEDS features 11 new full-color, flat panel display screens that replace 32 gauges and electronic displays and four cathode ray cathode ray

Stream of electrons leaving the negative electrode, or cathode, in an evacuated or gas-filled discharge tube or emitted by a heated filament in certain electron tubes.
 tubes that were 1960's vintage hardware. The new "glass cockpit" is 75 pounds lighter and uses less power than before, and its color displays provide easier pilot recognition of key Orbiter performance functions.

The MEDS provides critical flight parameters, particularly during the launch, rendezvous and docking and landing phases, as well as in any contingency situation that might arise.

The system will be installed in all Shuttles by 2002. The Space Shuttle Orbiter Columbia is currently being equipped with MEDS during its scheduled OMM at Palmdale.
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