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Wet Countdown Demonstration and Flight Readiness Firing Press Kit

Wet Countdown Demonstration and Flight Readiness Firing Press Kit

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NASA press kit for Space Shuttle live test.
NASA press kit for Space Shuttle live test.

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National
Aeronautics
and
SpaceAdministratkonWashington.
D C
20546
AC
202
755-8370
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For
Release
IMMEDIATE
PressKit
Project
WetCountdownDemonstration
and
Flight ReadinessRELEASE
NO:
31-19
Firing
Contents
GENERAL
RELEASE
.............................................. I
WET
COUNTDOWN
DEMONSTRATION
TEST/FLIGHT
READINESS
FIRING
..........4
COUNTDOWN
AND
FLIGHT
READINESS
FIRINGG
........................
5
Countdown
Seauence
-
Flight
ReadinessFiring
...............
7
Flight
Readiness
Firing
....................................
MISSiON
VERIFICAMION
TEST.......
...................................
Return-to-Launch-Site
Abort
Exercise........................9
Abort-Once-AroundExercise..................................
10
Mission
Simulation..........................................
10
7nJ3-of-1ission
Exercise
....................................
Ii
^ROrRA2'1
NANAGEM'.7
............................................
1
January
29,
1981
 
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Nationa
l
Aeronaulics
and
Space
Administration
Washingtor
D
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20546
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755-8370
David
Garrett
For
Release
Headquarters,Washington,
D.C.
IMMEDIA
m
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(Phone:
202/755-3090)
Dick
Young
Kennedy
SpaceCenter,
Pla.
(Phone:
305/867-2468)
'reerry
WhiteJohnson
SpaceCenter,
'louston,
mexas(Phone:
713/483-5111)
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DRE.SS
RrIIEARSAL
SET
FOR
FEBRUARY
A
cdress
rehearsal
of
all
aspects
of
the
first
Space
shuttle
mission
(STS-1)
will
be
conducted
by
NASA
in
February
to
clear
thle
way
for
thle
launch
of
the
shuttle's
first
orbit
il
flight,
now
scheduled
for
no
earlier
than
March
17,
lq81.
hoe
eoxerciqe
will
touch
upon
all
segments
of
the
mission
--
including
countdown
ani
launch,
ascent
and
oroitaloperations,
and
reentry
and
landinq
undernormal
and
abort
conditions.
-he
lI-s3av
test
series
will
involve
operations
at
the
Kennedy
p'p-ico
(--nt,-r
in
Flor
ida,
tlhe
Johnson
Spuc'e
k-entor
in
Tlouston,
the
Dryden
Flight
Research
Center
in
Fdwards,
Calif.,
tho
'Aar-ha1
sIpace
ligght
Center,
luntsville,
Ala.,
and
the
Whhite
Sonds
Missil-
R3nqo
in
New
Mexico.
Janulry
?9,
M9R
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-
 
It
will
be
divided
intotwo
major
seztions:
the
Wet
Count-
down
DemonstrationTest/FlightReadiness
Firing,
which
will
in-
clude
a
20-second
test
firing
of
the
orbit-er's
three
main
en-
gines,
and
a
Mission
Verification
'rest,
which
will
be
centered
on
flight
and
landing
operations.
The
first
SpaceShuttlE
mission
[SS-l
willbe
54
hours,
30
minutes
in
duration
withlaunch
from
the
Kennedy
SpaceCenter.
Mission
operations
will
be
controlled
byi
the
Johnson
Space
Cen-
ter."he
Dryden
Flight
Research
Center
is
the
primary
landinq
site,but
provisions
exist
[or
a
return-to-laurnch-siteabort
landing
atthe
Kennedy
Space
Center
andan
abort
landing
afterless
than
a
single
orbit
(abort-once-around)
at
the
Northrop
Strip,
White
Sands
Missile
Rarnge,
N.M.Astronauts
onthe
prime
crew
forthe
.q-l
mission
are
John
Young,commander,
and
Robert-rippen,
pilot.
Backup
crew
members
are
Joe
Engle,
commander,
.and
Richard
-ruly,
pilot.
The
STS-l.
spacevehicle,
cons
sting
of
theoi'bitcr
ColuIn')i-,
the
external
tank
which
supplies
liquid
hydrogen
and
liquids
oxy-gen
propellants
to
the
orbiter's
three
main
engines,
andi
two
solid
rocket
boosters,
was
moved
fromFennedy's
Vehirlo
Asselilhly
Building
to
nad
A
at
LaunchComplex
3q
on
Dec.
20.
-he
space
vehicl
anl
mobile
lautncher
ol
-ttfor
.
on
wh
ich
it-
rests
were
connected
with
qroun.
support
oquipment
for
the
-n0
Validation
-ost
which
beq.gn
on
Jan.
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