The Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is the primary launch and landing site for the Space Transportation System (STS), more commonly known as the Space Shuttle. KSC is also responsible for the final checkout, preparation, and loading of payloads in the Orbiter vehicle before launch and de-integration of payloads upon their return from space. This page is intended to provide you with a basic understanding of payload facilities, services, ground support equipment, and operations involved in the processing of flight hardware.
The information contained in the Payload Processing Flow pages are extracted directly from The Users' Guide to Spacelab Payload Processing, dated October 1986 and The Users' Guide to Vertical Payload Processing, February 1987.
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__________________________________________________________________Last Updated Friday June 16 11:07:56 EDT 1995 Tom Nguyen (email@example.com) Ernest Cody (firstname.lastname@example.org) Jim Dumoulin (email@example.com)