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Spacelab Mission 2 Pallet-Only Mode Verification Flight
Author(s): R. C. Lester; W. R. Witt, Jr.
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Paper Abstract

The Spacelab is a flexible laboratory system, featuring an array of interchangeable components -- pressurized manned laboratories, unpressurized platforms, and related support systems -- that can be assembled in several different configurations of pallets and pressurized modules depending on the specific scientific requirements of the mission. The first two flights of Spacelab are designed to verify the flexibility and utility of all the elements of the Spacelab inventory. Spacelab Mission 2 will constitute the first flight of the pallet-only configuration of Spacelab. The major objective of Mission 2 is the verification of the performance of Space-lab systems and subsystems in this operating mode. The system performance will be verified using a complement of verification flight instrumentation and by operating a complement of scientific instrumentation to obtain scientific data. This paper describes the evolution of Spacelab Mission 2 including a discussion of the verification requirements and instrumentation, the experiments requirements and instrumentation, the major mission peculiar equipment to integrate the payload, and the general mission planning for the flight. Finally, the current status of the mission will be discussed with emphasis on hardware and software development, and on major activities yet to be completed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1982
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0284, NASA-ESA Spacelab Systems and Programs, (1 February 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.965780
Show Author Affiliations
R. C. Lester, NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (United States)
W. R. Witt, Jr., NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (United States)


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

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