Encyclopedia Astronautica
1973.01.15 - Skylab problems aggravated by replacement of a control and display panel in the multiple docking adapter.


At a NASA general management review, Dale D.

Myers summarized Skylab problems which were aggravated by a requirement to replace a control and display panel in the multiple docking adapter-one of the pacing program items. He told the general management review group that confidence in the ability to maintain an April launch date was slipping. Following the review, a decision was made to delay the launch of SL-1 and SL-2 until May 1973, with tentative launch dates of 14 and 15 May. An evaluation of launch intervals between SL-2 and SL-3 and between SL-3 and SL-4 was being made to determine if an approximate recovery date of 21 December 1973 could be maintained.

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