By Jonathan H. Ward

Thousands of staff worked at Kennedy area focus on the clock, seven days every week, for part a yr to organize a project for the liftoff of Apollo 11. this is often the tale of what went on in the course of these nerve-racking six months.

Countdown to a Moon Launch presents an in-depth examine the rigorously choreographed workflow for an Apollo venture at KSC. utilizing the Apollo 11 project to illustrate, readers will examine what went on day-to-day to remodel partly accomplished phases and crates of components right into a ready-to-fly Saturn V. Firsthand bills of release pad injuries, close to misses, suspected sabotage, and last-minute adjustments to are instructed through greater than 70 NASA staff and its contractors. A better half to Rocket Ranch, it comprises many diagrams and pictures, a few by no means ahead of released, to demonstrate all elements of the method. NASA’s groundbreaking use of pcs for checking out and complex administration options also are coated in detail.

This ebook will demystify the query of the way NASA may well construct and release Apollo missions utilizing Sixties expertise. You’ll notice that there has been no magic concerned – simply an abundance of self-discipline, determination, and creativity.

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Each test engineering group submitted their activities on a tentative schedule to the test conductor in advance of the all-hands meeting. m. meeting. Once approved and signed at the meeting, the schedule was reproduced and used as “marching orders” for the day. m. The MIC room contained a waterfall chart showing the schedule for all activities needed to launch the stage. Central to this was the schedule of all required test procedures. 14 Spacecraft operations cartoon about schedule shuffling during Apollo 16 processing.

You will hear much of the process flow described in the first person, told by the people who did the work. Nearly every aspect of the process is recounted from the perspective of someone who was an engineer or technician, who ran tests or conducted operations, who worked on the launch vehicle or the spacecraft or the support organizations. You’ll hear the thoughts of both government and contractor employees. More than 70 Apollo-era workers from KSC contributed directly to this book through interviews, personal written records, photographs, diagrams, and drawings.

Most of this is referred to as ground support equipment (GSE), which was operated and controlled by electrical support equipment (ESE). GSE and ESE interfaced directly with the space vehicle and had to be carefully managed. MANAGING THE PROGRAM The staggering scope of the Apollo program became clearer as plans moved forward and NASA geared up for the Moon missions in the early 1960s. NASA had fewer than 100 months to design and build new facilities in Houston, Huntsville, and Florida, hire tens of thousands of employees with technical degrees or experience, select contractors to build the flight hardware, manage the overwhelming flow of paperwork that would be needed to control the project, and fly the missions.

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