Hopefully one day soon, the FDO and the ever-present container of Atomic Fireballs, will once again be front-and-center in the Mission Control Center.
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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