NASA/JSC SMEK (Summary Message Enabled Keyboard) module, 9.5 x 7 x 9, with 40 individual buttons, of which 25 are labeled. A Ford Aerospace & Communications Corporation label is affixed to one side of the frame and reads, in part: “SMEK-5 Control Indicator, Model YC1951…Serial 7007.” Panel also retains its internal components and circuitry. In fine condition. Due to the enormous amount of data generated during a Space Shuttle flight, it was not practical to perform certain processing actions upon the total influx of data. This device was created to initiate desired telemetry processing actions from a flight controller’s console. The SMEK was used to transmit specific requests to the telemetry application program in the Mission Operations Computer. Thus a Shuttle flight controller could receive data as labeled as on the command buttons such boost phase information, propellant utilization, OMS burns, and abort parameters. Accompanied by a 33-page NASA/JSC training manual titled: ‘Summary Message Enabled Keyboard (SMEK), UT SMEK 2101, Space Transportation System,’ with six large fold-out pages illustrating the keyboard in high detail.
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