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Go with the Boeing Starliner Landing Convoy Team on a Capsule Recovery Exercise


Hi everyone. I’m Josh with Boeing communications. This is Elizabeth. She is on the Starliner’s landing and recovery team. As you can tell, we are in the middle of the desert at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. This is one of the Starliner’s landing zones. And Elizabeth is gonna show us how the crews here practicing how to get the astronauts out of the capsule after they land. So, we’re going to follow you, Elizabeth. So, first off we’ve got some people working up there on our MDTV. That’s our Mobile Data Tracking Vehicle. That’s our Mobile Data Tracking Vehicle. This is what is gonna actually track the CM as it approaches. It comes down as well as have our video feeds sent back to Florida and sent back to Houston. So CM, that’s crew module, right? Yep. CM is crew module. So, over here we’ve got the MLCC. That’s the Mobile Landing Control Center. Think of your command center you’ve got in Houston or in Florida and we’ve got one out here that we use to connect with everyone. Now, let’s take a look at this convoy. It’s fun to watch drive. Yeah, this first thing we’ve got up here actually connects — we have this H2 that’s pulling what we have a MAP, it’s called a Mobile Access Platform. This is what we actually back up to the CM to get our astronauts out. So, this is where they’ll be stepping out of the capsule, the first steps back on Earth? I don’t know if they’ll be stepping out. But, we’ve got people there to take them when they get there. That’s right after a long time in space they’re not feeling too great. We’re there for them don’t worry. Alright. So, we’ve also got a ground cooling unit. This is what we actually hook into the CM to make sure we’ve gotten it cool. We hook this up to a couple of other objects as well. In the back you have an ambulance parked. This is to support our landing and recovery team in these operations. We’ve also got our SA camera, our situational awareness camera. We’ve set this up to give both our PIO and people back in Houston and Florida and in our MLCC a vision as to what is going on in the field. This is one of the things you’re responsible for, right? Yeah, this is one of the things that I set up. We’ve actually made field modifications. It’s a big engineering effort. We’ve also got some vans here. We have observers that will come from NASA as well as our public affairs office which is what Josh is representing. We also got a bunch of support from White Sands Missile Range. We have people here bringing our HVAC. That’s what we actually hook up everything to and that’s where we get that cool air. We’ve also got people bringing all of our equipment. And we’ve got a medical vehicle which is where the astronauts will go to get checked out before they get sent away and given additional medical attention if needed. So, this is one of my favorite things that we did. This is an old surplus Army truck, right? Yeah, yeah. Now, they modified it. It was actually all green before. But, it’s really hot out here. So, we made it white to cool it down a little bit. We also got some other vehicles that are over here. This is actually where our grounding team will be. What they do is set the CM up to the ground. So, that way we can do the static discharge as well as we have a grounding point for all of our vehicles and all of our electronics. And then over here we have a lighting camera. So, that comes out with us and if we do a night launch, we actually have lighting to make sure we can use our situational awareness camera as well as actually see what’s going on out there. Awesome, well this is the end of the convoy. I’ll leave it with one more gorgeous view of this gypsum desert. This is actually an old shuttle landing runway and we’re gonna be bringing the Starliner back here. So, thank you Elizabeth. No problem. [♪ Music ♪]

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