Launch and Mission

All elements of STS control are transferred to the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston from the time the Space Shuttle has cleared the launch tower until the flight crew leaves the Orbiter after landing. For the duration of the mission, payload-related transmissions are telemetered to the POCC. The user rooms at KSC are able to monitor, but not communicate with, the Spacelab.

  1. Arrival and Receiving
  2. Preparation and Staging
  3. Experiment Integration
  4. Spacelab Integration
  5. CITE Testing
  6. Transport to OPF
  7. Orbiter Integration
  8. OPF-to-VAB Transfer
  9. Assembly and Rollout
  10. Launch Pad Operations
  11. Launch and Mission
  12. Post-Flight Payload Operations

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