Jun 29

Space Rocket History #392 – Skylab – Let’s Call it Skylab

On February 1970, Nasa announced that the AAP had been renamed.  America’s first space station would enter the history books as Skylab.

Mockup of LM Apollo Telescope Mount. Credit Shayler

AAP Cluster Experiments for Wet OWS. Credit Shayler

OWS-                           Waste Mgmt.(left). Food Mgmt.(right). Credit Shayler

Jun 15

Space Rocket History #391 – Skylab – Pre-history – Apollo Applications Program

The Apollo Applications Program (AAP) was created in 1966 by NASA headquarters to develop science-based human spaceflight missions using hardware developed for the Apollo program.

The SSESM Concept. Credit Shayler

AAP Mission Using Modified LM. Credit Lockheed

1967 Concept of the AAP Cluster

Jun 01

Space Rocket History #390 – Skylab – Pre-history – MOL Part 4 & Extending Apollo

On June 7th 1969, General Stewart ordered all work on Gemini B, the Titan IIIM and the MOL spacesuit, to cease and to cancel or curtail all other contracts. The official announcement that the MOL had been canceled was made on June 10th.

SLC 6 Under Construction

MOL Hardware Under Construction

Apollo X in 1964. Credit Shayler

May 18

Space Rocket History #389 – Skylab – Pre-history – MOL Part 3

A planning document depicted 12-man and 40-man stations, both with self-defense capability. It described the 40-man, Y-shaped station as a “spaceborne command post” in synchronous orbit. The key requirement was “post attack survivability”, the station would be capable of “Strategic/tactical decision making” during a general war.

MOL Spacesuit

Launch of MOL Test Flight

Future MOL Command Post