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Shuttle And Spacelab Flight Operations
Author(s): John W. O'Neill
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Paper Abstract

The Space Transportation System (STS) will provide easier access to space for a wider range of users than ever before. Within the capabilities provided by the STS, a new mode of space flight operation will be offered: the Shuttle/Spacelab sortie. The object of this paper is to characterize the flight operations process for a Shuttle mission from planning through execution with particular attention to the Shuttle/Spacelab sortie mode and the involvement of the user. The partnership between the operators of the STS and the user organization will be traced through a typical mission scenario which will describe the functions and responsibilities of the flight operations planning elements, the flightcrew, and the flight control team. A description of the Mission Control Center (MCC) and payload support capabilities will be given to complete the overview of Shuttle flight operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1982
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0284, NASA-ESA Spacelab Systems and Programs, (1 February 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.965770
Show Author Affiliations
John W. O'Neill, NASA/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0284:
NASA-ESA Spacelab Systems and Programs
Jesse W. Moore, Editor(s)

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