Barbara Schwartz June 30, 1993
STS-51 PREFLIGHT BRIEFINGS SET FOR JULY 6
A series of background briefings for Space Shuttle mission STS-51 will be held
July 6, 1993 at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, beginning at 9:00 a.m. CDT.
STS-51 will be the 17th flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The mission will feature the deployment of the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS), as well as the deployment and retrieval of the Orbiting and Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer (ORFEUS) which will be mounted on the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS).
Following its deployment from the Shuttle, the ACTS-will be placed in a geostationary orbit by a Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS) where it will be used as a space-based testbed for new satellite communications technology. During its week-long free-flight, the ORFEUS/SPAS will gather information on how stars are formed and will study properties of the interstellar medium.
A briefing agenda is attached. All briefings will be carried on NASA Select television with two-way audio for questions from participating NASA locations. NASA Select is carried on GE SATCOM F2R, transponder 13, 72 degrees
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STS-51 PREFLIGHT BRIEFING SCHEDULE
NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Bldg. 2, Room 135 Tuesday, July 6, 1993
TIME EDT BRIEFING/BRIEFER(S)
10 a.m. MISSION OVERVIEW
Robert E. Castle, Jr., Lead Flight Director
11 a.m. ADVANCED COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SATELLITE
ACTS-1 MISSION OVERVIEW AND OPERATIONS
Dr. Richard Gedney, Project Manager, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland
Mike Smith, Experiments Program Manager, NASA Hqs.
TRANSFER ORBIT STAGE OPERATIONS
Al Hughes, Manager for Upper Stage Projects,
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
1:30 p.m. ORBITING AND RETRIEVABLE FAR AND EXTREME
ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROMETER-SHUTTLE PALLET SATELLITE (ORFEUS-SPAS)
GERMAN SPACE AGENCY'S (DARA) ROLE
Dr. G. Hartmann, Head, Space Science Div., German Space Agency
Dr. Konrad Moritz, Mission Manager, Deutsche Aerospace
Dr. Robert Stachnik, ORFEUS Program Scientist, NASA Hqs.
Prof. Michael Grewing, Principal Investigator University of Tbingen
3:00 p.m. STS-51 CREW
Frank Culbertson, Commander
William Readdy, Pilot
Daniel Bursch, Mission Specialist
James Newman, Mission Specialist
Carl Walz, Mission Specialist
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