Launch & Mission

All elements of STS control are transferred to the Mission Control Center at 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 JSC and/or the user's POCC.

Preparation of Vertically Processed payloads for Flight
  1. Arrival and Receiving
  2. Payload Preparation
  3. Payload Hazardous Processing
  4. Upper Stage Processing (OMV, IUS, TOS, PAM)
  5. Payload Integration & CITE Testing
  6. Orbiter Operations
  7. VPF-to-Pad Operations
  8. RSS & PCR Operations
  9. Orbiter Intergration
  10. Launch & Mission
  11. Postlanding Operations

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