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apollo experience report: manned thermal-vacuum testing of spacecraftManned thermal-vacuum tests of the Apollo spacecraft presented many first-time problems in the areas of test philosophy, operational concepts, and program implementation. The rationale used to resolve these problems is explained and examined critically in view of actual experience. The series of 12 tests involving 1517 hours of chamber operating time resulted in the disclosure of numerous equipment and procedural deficiencies of significance to the flight mission. Test experience and results in view of subsequent flight experience confirmed that thermal-vacuum testing of integrated manned spacecraft provides a feasible, cost-effective, and safe technique with which to obtain maximum confidence in spacecraft flight worthiness early in the program.
Document ID
19740012430
Document Type
Other - NASA Technical Note (TN)
Authors
Mclane, J. C., Jr.
(NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
September 3, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1974
Subject Category
SPACE VEHICLES
Report/Patent Number
NASA-TN-D-7610
JSC-S-388
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 951-15-00-00-72
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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