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Countdown to a Moon Launch: Preparing Apollo for Its by Jonathan H. Ward

By Jonathan H. Ward

Thousands of employees worked at Kennedy area focus on the clock, seven days every week, for part a yr to organize a undertaking for the liftoff of Apollo 11. this can be the tale of what went on in the course of these aggravating six months.

Countdown to a Moon Launch presents an in-depth examine the rigorously choreographed workflow for an Apollo challenge at KSC. utilizing the Apollo 11 venture as an instance, readers will research what went on daily to rework in part accomplished levels and crates of elements right into a ready-to-fly Saturn V. Firsthand debts of release pad injuries, close to misses, suspected sabotage, and last-minute alterations to are advised by means of greater than 70 NASA staff and its contractors. A better half to Rocket Ranch, it contains many diagrams and pictures, a few by no means prior to released, to demonstrate all facets of the method. NASA’s groundbreaking use of pcs for trying out and complex administration options also are lined in detail.

This publication will demystify the query of ways NASA may possibly construct and release Apollo missions utilizing Nineteen Sixties expertise. You’ll become aware of that there has been no magic concerned – simply an abundance of self-discipline, determination, and creativity.

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After the spacecraft and the Saturn V come together to form the space vehicle, we will witness the final tests in the VAB and prepare for rollout. 4 Introduction Chapters 7 and 8 look at operations at the launch pad, from rollout through the countdown demonstration test, 2 weeks prior to launch. Among other accounts, you will read stories about last-minute changes to Apollo 11’s lunar module, learn how tests on Apollo 13 led to the explosion in space 2 weeks later, and how a launch pad testing accident on Apollo 16 fortuitously enabled Charlie Duke to walk on the Moon.

In general, NASA employees coordinated and managed work efforts across all disciplines, and contractor personnel did the hands-on work. The flight hardware was manufactured under contracts managed by the design centers. MSFC had the launch vehicle, and MSC owned the spacecraft. KSC and its contractors were responsible for the assembly, checkout, test, integration, and launch operations after the materiel arrived at KSC. All of the contractors at KSC played important roles, but there were a few who will receive more attention in this book simply because of their direct relevance to the subject.

Source: NASA/Ward VAB, and at the launch pads. It listed any scheduled facilities maintenance, planned power outages, computer support requirements, or other events that might impact operations (Fig. 10). The operations schedules were first used before LC-39 was activated. From the earliest days of their use, the schedules represented a commitment by KSC for the support and infrastructure resources needed to get the work done. Don Phillips said, “For Apollo 7 at LC-34, we really could run that operation ourselves from my level down.

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