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Offline nethegauner

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Old style STS flight numbers
« on: 11/17/2005 10:25 AM »
I've been wondering how flight numbers for fiscal years 1990 and thereafter would have looked like if NASA had continued using the old style flight numbers (41-B or 61-A, for example). If the first digit represented the FY, would the first flight of FY 90 be ... 01-A? And what about 1994? A second 41-B, or what?

No wonder NASA quickly discarded of that numbering system when they reorganized the shuttle program ...

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RE: Old style STS flight numbers
« Reply #1 on: 11/17/2005 12:21 PM »
I think it would have run as follows:

1986: 61 (KSC) and 62 (VAFB)

1987: 71 and 72

1988: 81 and 82

1989: 91 and 92

1990: 101 and 102

1991: 111 and 112

1992: 121 and 122

1993: 131 and 132

1994: 141 and 142

etc etc

Confusing, huh?

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RE: Old style STS flight numbers
« Reply #2 on: 11/18/2005 09:48 AM »
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Ben E - 17/11/2005  2:21 PM
Confusing, huh?
No, actually not. It makes perfect sense assuming the "4" int 41-B does not refer to FY '84 but rather to the nth FY of shuttle operations. So here we have probably uncovered a common misconception. It's a coincidence that the fourth FY of operations si also FY 84, the fifth is FY 85 and so forth.

Thanks!

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RE: Old style STS flight numbers
« Reply #3 on: 11/20/2005 12:07 AM »
So, what would that make the recently-returned STS-114?

STS-251-A?

I think I prefer the devil that I already know...


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