Preparation and Staging

Laboratory space may be made available in the O&C Building on a pre-assigned basis. In the laboratory you will be able to assemble, calibrate, and verify the operation of your experiment and its GSE before beginning integration with other payload elements on your mission. during this pre-integration phase, minor repairs are possible, and electrical and mechanical repair and fabrication facilities are available. Once again, the ability of KSC to support specific requirements imposed by your experiment and its support equipment, such as special power, repair equipment, software, or exceptional space allocations, is dependent on your early identification of the requirements.

Storage space is available. There is ample outdoor storage; however, you should recognize that the coastal environment is highly corrosive. Because indoor storage, especially that which is environmentally controlled, is extremely limited at KSC, it is essential that your storage requirements be identified to your mission manager as early as possible.

During the laboratory preparation of your experiment, the flight carriers (Spacelab racks and pallets) are being readied for integration. This preparation includes staging as well as mission-peculiar equipment installation necessary to support your payload during integration.

  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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