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Space Team Online QuestChat

Date: March 16, 1999

Featuring: Felix A. Soto Toro
Electrical Designs Engineer
NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL


[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 0 - 11:03:34 ]
Hello to our early arriving chat participants! Today's Space Team Online bilingual chat with Felix Soto-Toro will begin at 11:30 a.m., Pacific Standard Time. Be sure you have read Felix's profile at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/team/soto_toro.html before joining this chat. (Tambien, http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/team/soto_toro-esp.html.)

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 1 - 11:03:45 ]
Once the chat begins, Felix will attempt to answer as many of your questions as he can, but please be patient. Today’s chat will be moderated to help Felix keep up with our questions. This means that only a few questions will be posted to the chat room at a time. Don't worry if your questions do not appear on your screen immediately during moderation. They will be held in our chat queue and posted as Felix answers those ahead of you.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 2 - 11:03:58 ]
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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 3 - 11:04:15 ]
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[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 10 - 11:41:01 ]
And now, here is Felix Soto-Toro to answer your questions.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 11 - 11:41:19 ]
RE: [Oran/NASAChatHost] Bienvenidos and welcome to today's Space Team Online chat with Felix Soto-Toro from NASA Kennedy Space Center! Felix reviews hardware systems many times to make sure they are safe. He also reviews, designs, builds, tests and implements engineering designs used in the Shuttle and Payload Operations Development Laboratories. His work increases safety levels needed to process certain experiments at Kennedy Space Center.
Thanks for the introduction.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 21 - 11:54:52 ]
RE: [MrEMILIOPEREZ-MR.EMILIOPEREZ] Estimado Sr. felix Soto. Los transbordadores usan tecnologia software y hardware de los años 70. ¿Porque no se ha cambiado?, Es posible que esten desarrollando nueva tecnologia de programación y hardware para cuando exista un posible cambio o renovación de la Flota espacial SHUTTLE
Hola Emilio, Estas muy bien informado. El transbordador fue disenado para durar al menos 100 vuelos. Hasta ahora, ninguno de ellos no han volado mas de 25 vuelos. Por esta razon se siguen usando. Mientras tanto, se estan disenando otras naves X-33 y X-34 que seran usadas para futuras misiones.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 24 - 11:57:28 ]
RE: [Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student] Thank you, first I think I'm late. I'm Thai student in electronics engineer. I interest about your job.
Thai, My job is really challenging. Everyday I encounter a new problem that I must use my analytical skills to solve them. I learn from my own mistakes and that is when I know that I am learning while I work.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 25 - 11:59:00 ]
RE: [Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student] Are you specailist in Reed-Solomon code, the code in deep space communication?
Lerdprasert, Unfortunately, I am not familiar with that code. I do not work in the space communication program. That is probably a topic that an engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center will be best suited to answer.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 27 - 12:06:12 ]
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[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 28 - 12:08:14 ]
RE: [Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student] If I wish to be an engineer at the KSC, it's my dream, can you introduce me how can I prepare my skill.Is it imposible?
Lerdprasert, Becoming an engineer at the Kennedy Space Center is easier than you think. Just make sure that you are studying a career that you like and enjoy. Make sure that you have faith in yourselve and that you log into the http://www.ksc.nasa.gov and browse thru the various web links. Become familiar with the work done here to see if it fits your needs. After that, apply to the various companies (Federal and nonFederal). Hopefully, they will value your efforts and maybe I will see you here soon. Good luck.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 29 - 12:12:51 ]
Q#23, En la estacion espacial se estara usando muchos modulos (pequenos segmentos) los cuales se conectaran uno al otro. Estos modulos estan hechos por varios diferentes ingenieros de diferentes paises. En cuanto a software, tengo entendido que mucho de los programas estan escrito en lenguage "C". En cuando a hardware, supongo que estaran siguiendo normas para que cada uno de ellos usen la misma corriente electronica y asi sean compatibles uno con el otro. Si no fuera asi, entonces me imagino que sera tremendo desastre.

[ Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student - 31 - 12:15:41 ]
First I think NASA will employ American's engineer only. But you are not American(if I correct understand) I think you are very proficient man.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 33 - 12:20:12 ]
Lerdprasert, I was born in Puerto Rico. This is an island that the United States of America conquest about 100 years ago and through a treat with the islands government, they made Puerto Rico a territory of the United States and therefore, everyone born there, becomes an automatic citizen of the United States of America (an American). Thanks for pointing that I am a proficient man. You are welcomed.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 34 - 12:22:18 ]
RE: [MREMILIOPEREZ-MR.EMILIOPEREZ] tengo entendido que la Estacion espacial tiene el tamaño de un campo de futbol, ¿¿¿Puede semejante estructura alar ser un blanco muy facil de impactos de pequeños meteoritos, ocasionando grandes problemas sobre todo a sus enormes pantallas Solares de produccion electrica?????
Emilio, Ciertamente, esos futuros problemas han sido investigados. Por eso me atrevo a decir de que el sistema de navegacion usado en satelites sera el mismo usado en esta estacion espacial.

[ Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student - 36 - 12:29:24 ]
How many not-American's engineer in the KSC?

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 37 - 12:29:37 ]
Lerdprasert, I presume tha the University Programs Office (407) 867-2627 is in charge of getting people to work here and do research. Good luck.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 38 - 12:29:55 ]
We will now be ending our chat with Felix Soto-Toro from Kennedy sapce Center. We would like to thank everyone for joining us today. Our special thanks to Felix Soto-Toro for his thoughtful responses, and sharing his career experiences and expertise with us.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 39 - 12:30:22 ]
Check the Space Team Online chat schedule page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/chats to learn more about upcoming STO chats. Also check our schedule of events page at http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/common/events to learn about other upcoming chats with NASA experts.

[ FelixSotoToro/KSC - 40 - 12:31:19 ]
RE: [Lerdprasert-Mr.Lerdprasert/Thai_student] How many not-American's engineer in the KSC?
Lerdprasert, I know that there are more than one. I do not know what they had to go through but if you contact (407) 867-2627 they will give you a better approximation and better guidance.

[ Oran/NASAChatHost - 41 - 12:32:41 ]
Thank you to everyone for joining us today. Again, our special thanks to Felix Soto-Toro for joining us today!

[ Lerdprasert - 42 - 13:27:38 ]
Nice to talk. Thank you very much. Good Bye :-)


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