posted November 03, 2008 12:46 AM
I’d 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.
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)?