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Originally posted by drogo
nice idea but once the shuttle is launched there is not much i can see able to be done if something goes wrong. the same with landing. i don't see how once the shuttle re-enters atmosphere of any thing being able to be done to help it untill it is prety much ready to land. the crittical time periods to stop a problem is before launch and before re-entry. i would sudgest that a extravehicular check be made before reentry is started. with the possibility of spare parts abord to fix any found problems. rally sports cars all are equiped with some crittical spare parts so that a problem encountered can be delt with.
an aircraft with cameras may catch a potential problem but it most likely would be too late to help.
Originally posted by chaosrain
How much attitude adjusting fuel would the Shuttle even have to expend for a slow rollover shortly after achieving orbit? It would allow for a quick visual inspection from camera systems on the ground or in orbit. Gather the data.