sábado, 27 de setembro de 2008

Eficiência

Está a decorrer a missão espacial chinesa Shenzhou 7. Há dois dias, e ainda antes do lançamento, a agência informativa Xinhua teve por umas horas, no seu site, uma notícia do dia de hoje (27) onde, além de declarar o sucesso da missão, transcreve imagina o diálogo entre os três astronautas e o controlador. A notícia em inglês:



September 27 was a very exciting night.

The twenty-thousand-ton-Yuanwang 1 space tracking ship bobbed up and down with the rolling of the ocean waves like a raft.

This is the 27th night at sea for the Yuanwang 1. Over the past 27 days, Yuanwang 1 has endured and battled with wind and waves in a vast ocean far from the motherland. Along with four sister ships, they have maintained a channel of communication between the three astronauts and their base on Chinese soil.

Thirty minutes later, the Shenzhou VII had orbited Earth 30 times and has passed over Yuanwang 1 for the sixth time. Within ten minutes, the astronauts have completed the orbital module confirmation and have removed their spacesuits.

One of the most intense moments occurred when the astronauts entered the re-entry module from the orbital module.

Because of the difference in the travel route of the spacecraft and the orbiting of the Earth, it is difficult for the other trackers to accurately follow the spacecraft. The job is entirely left up to Yuanwang 1. Its ability to accurately transfer messages between the spacecraft and the communication center could mean either success or failure for the astronauts to safely exit the module.

“Level one deployment!” The verbal command came from the cabin. Rows and rows of innumerable signal lights blinks in the various engine rooms. There were over a hundred technical personnel with their eyes tightly fixed on the monitor screens. The hulls on both sides of the boat were like a pair of four-meter long fins being slowly stretched out, making the Yuanwang 1 seem like a large mythical fish-bird spreading it wings across the sea surface..

The USB radar room was the core monitoring zone in the entire ship.

“Five minutes to prepare! Point antenna toward waiting area.”

“Understood.”

Head operator, Zhou Xingguo, is standing against the control panel, gently pushing the control stick. The towering radar antenna on the deck slowly turns toward the direction of the spacecraft. Yuanwang 1 shifts and sways with the surge of the waves, but the large antenna remains pointed and steady, toward their trajectory.

“One minute to prepare!”

“Tick, tick…” anticipation seemed to intensify with every passing second.

Suddenly, a bright line flashed across the screen, and a bright dot appeared. With a few quick, clean moves, Zhou Xingguo nailed the dot in the center of the screen.

“Changjiang 1 has found the destination!”

“Changjiang 1 has completed double capture!”

The dispatcher’s firm voice broke the silence on the ship. At this point, they were 12 seconds ahead of schedule.

“Normal overall pressure in cockpit cabin!”

“Normal oxygen pressure in cockpit cabin!”

Images and data of the spacecraft are transported to the distant motherland through radio waves.

“Pressure valve, orbital complex has been reduced to 40 kPa, over,” the voices of the astronauts were as clear as can be.

“Understood!” replied the commander. Speaking from thousands of miles away, his voice was powerful and motivating.

Ten minutes later, the spacecraft disappeared again under the horizon. Enthusiastic applause and excited cheer pierced the night silence and echoed across the Pacific.