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From: Carlsbad, CA
Registered: Nov 2007

posted 11-03-2008 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wmk   Click Here to Email wmk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Id like to understand how I can use an Apollo Stowage list to determine what was actually FLOWN (or not flown) on an Apollo mission (not including astronaut PPK items). As an example, Lot 41021 from the recent Heritage Space auction (A17 CSM Malfunction Procedure Book) has the following Part Number and Serial Number on the front of the document.

Part: SKB32100123-341
Serial: 1001

We know this is flown because it is signed by Gene Cernan, but my question is how would I determine this solely based on the Part and Serial number (if that is possible)? The front page of each Apollo Stowage list document provides some information about how to interpret the document, but I am not confident that I am interpreting the document correctly.

The Apollo 17 Stowage List contains this line from Section 1 (Stowed Operational GFE):

A 0114.9 SKB32100123-341 CSM MAL.PR.. R12 1

The column heading for the last column is:

"QTY/SC" (which for this document is "1")

Is this related to serial number (1001)? Not sure what "SC" means either.

Is there an unambiguous way to determine flown/unflown if you have a document part number and serial number or is there something more required? I think I recall seeing documents that have the same part number with different serial numbers (eg, 1001, 1002, 1003, etc.) and am wondering if only certain serial numbers were flown while others were not? And finally, was there only one original document for every serial number (or is it possible that multiple copies with identical part and serial numbers were produced - for crew training for example)?

Thanks. Bill


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From: Danville, Ohio, USA
Registered: Dec 2002

posted 11-03-2008 05:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for space1   Click Here to Email space1     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We should be able to determine the specific flown item from a complete stowage list for a flight. The list would have to include the part number and serial number for each item. But typically the serial number is not shown in the lists that are widely available. So the identification of the actual flown item is often ambiguous (not clear).

The "QTY/SC" means quantity per spacecraft. Each item would have its own assigned serial number. Essentially any item in the spacecraft that needed to be tracked (for reliability and configuration control) would have its own serial number. Every switch, every gauge, every strap, every piece of metal in the structure, would be tracked by a unique number. I would think items used in training would have serial numbers as well.

John Fongheiser
Historic Space Systems,

LCDR Scott Schneeweis
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posted 11-03-2008 06:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LCDR Scott Schneeweis   Click Here to Email LCDR Scott Schneeweis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The ASL was primarily developed as a configuration management document to maintain situational awareness on weight and disposition of non-fixed/non-permanently installed equipment commencing pre-launch and throughout the flight profile of the CSM/LM - as such serial numbers were not required. Also, it doesnt list everything flown onboard the spacecraft (i.e. permanently installed hardware), from a collector's standpoint its an effective document for EXCLUDING some nomenclatures/variants of items as having been flown; but as John indicated because it lacks specific serial numbers the ASL doesnt really affirm flown status on anything.

Scott Schneeweis

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