Just Call Me Robo – Part 1

Astronauts Chris Ferguson (left) and Jim Dutton, spacecraft communicators (CAPCOM), monitor data at their consoles in the space shuttle flight control room of Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center (MCC) following the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour for the STS-118 mission. Liftoff occurred at 6:36 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 8, 2007 from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA.

In this episode of the Terranauts podcast we continue our series on the evolution of Mission Control.  Last time, I talked about my experience walking into Mission Control in the middle of the Space Shuttle program and at the end of the era of the Apollo control centre as it was about to make a transition to the Space Station era.

Today we talk to three Terranauts who have been around for that transition and who continue to work on the International Space Station in various ways.  They have all worked in Mission Control and have been witness to and participants in some amazing events and some truly significant changes in the way mission control is done. Thanks to Mathieu Caron, Danielle Cormier and Tim Braithwaite for joining me for this interview.

About Iain Christie

Founder and CEO at SideKickSixtyFive Consulting and host of the Terranauts podcast. Iain is a seasoned business executive with deep understanding of the space business and government procurement policy. Iain worked for 22 years at Neptec including as CEO. He was a VP at the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa's Telfer School of Management.

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