Just landed from the troublesome, but successful STS-27. As always I read up on the mission before launch, but this one had very little info, being classified and all. One thing that did strike me (pardon the pun) was the tile damage on lift off. According to wikipedia and Mike Mullane's book they did a tile inspection of the starboard side using the RMS arm. Read about it on page 280 in "Riding Rockets" on Google books (http://tinyurl.com/ygauy68
). So I decided to add it.
I went through the mission launch and on orbit procedures like normal and then before progressing to deorbit I did a tile check. I powered up the RMS again and swung it over the starboard side of the payload bay, right behind the flight deck area. It was tough to get it positioned without the outside view, but using camera "D" you can see how much distance you have before hitting the crew area. Don't want to cause more damage!
After getting the arm down there I rolled the end effector 180 degrees and pitched towards the shuttle. It took some adjustments but I finally got the troublesome tiles in frame (make sure to have the RMS spotlight on). From there I could yaw the end effector back and forth to cover from the nose to the leading edge of the wing. After being assured from Mission Control that we were "go" I stowed the rms and proceeded with deorbit. I'll admit after reading about the tile damage and going through the rms check I was almost nervous on reentry! But we had an uneventful landing at Edwards and the end to another great mission!
I have included pictures from the tile check and the joint angles I used. I forgot to write down the position and attitude, but if anyone wants it I can go back and get it.
PS: Thanks for a great sim! I'm having lots of fun going through and learning about the missions. I was either too young or not interested enough when they happen.
WRIST PITCH: -113.6
WRIST YAW: 000.0
WRIST ROLL: -179.9
Outside View (Click for larger image)
Monitor View (Click for larger image)