The panel had been assigned to assemble, summarize, and interpret historical data concerning the spacecraft and associated systems pertinent to the January 27 fire. The data were to include such records as the spacecraft log, failure reports, and other quality engineering and inspection documents. In addition the panel prepared narratives to reflect the relationship and flow of significant review and acceptance points and substantiating documentation and presented a brief history of prelaunch operations performed on spacecraft 012 at Kennedy Space Center.
In its final report to the Review Board the Historical Data Panel submitted eight findings and determinations. Among them were:
The Ingress-Egress Log disclosed several instances where tools and equipment were carried into the spacecraft, but the log did not indicate these items had been removed.
Maintenance of the Ingress-Egress Log was inadequate.
Inspection personnel did not perform a prescheduled inspection with a checklist before hatch closing.
Inspection personnel could not verify specific functions during that period.
At the time of the spacecraft 012 shipment to KSC, the contractor submitted an incomplete list of open items. A revision of that list significantly and substantially enlarged the list of open items.
The true status of the spacecraft was not identified by the contractor.