The verb tense in the sections below, then, are still “active”, as that’s the way the FDO and the entire space program was when I wrote them. I do not want to change them, as I still believe that we will, as a nation, realize the short-sighted nature of recent national policy decisions and revitalize our efforts.
But for now – here’s what the FDO *used to do* during Space Shuttle missions…
The Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO, pronounced “fido”) is responsible for the overall trajectory, or flight path, of the Space Shuttle and all related payloads or other space-bound vehicles associated with the Shuttle.
The FDO is a Mission Control Center Flight Control position at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. There, along with other talented and dedicated individuals, the FDO ensures that the “big picture” mission objectives are obtained.
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Pre-launch to powered flight to orbit insertion.
The Ascent FDO goes from launch pad to space.
Ever wanted to catch a speeding bullet?
The Orbit FDO makes this look easy.
17,500 MPH to “Wheels Stop” in less than an hour.
The Entry FDO makes it happen!