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LM-12
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posted 01-26-2014 01:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Skylab 3 thruster problems occurred on July 28 (launch day) and August 2. On August 3, the decision was made to process the Skylab 4 vehicle on an accelerated schedule as a possible rescue mission. On August 14, the Skylab 4 vehicle (SA-208/CSM-118) rolled out to pad B.

After the Skylab 3 splashdown on September 25, the Skylab 4 vehicle processing switched to a nominal mission. Skylab 4 launched on November 16.

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posted 01-26-2014 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the clarification.

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posted 01-27-2014 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The "rescue kit" was installed in CSM-119. It is mentioned in a December 1973 KSC press release:
The rescue vehicle will remain on the launch pad until the end of the Skylab 4 mission. If not required for an emergency, it will then be returned to the VAB.

The rescue command module differs from those flown previously in that it has been equipped with two additional crew couches and additional life support and communications connections to enable it to return the three Skylab 4 crewmen and two rescue crewmembers to Earth if a rescue mission becomes necessary.

Prime crewmen for a rescue mission are Astronauts Vance D. Brand and Don L. Lind.

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posted 02-19-2014 04:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Withnail67   Click Here to Email Withnail67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know there were some issues with cracks in the fins of the Saturn IB that took the Skylab 4 onto orbit. Does anyone know if additional measures were taken on SA-210 before the ASTP flight?

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A full description of the problems encountered with SA-210 can be found in Appendix F of 'The Partnership'.

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posted 02-20-2014 03:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Withnail67   Click Here to Email Withnail67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Moorouge, that's exactly the information I was looking for.


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