Skylab Test Program - Management and Requirements 700580

The Skylab Program is an extension of Manned Space Flight beyond the goals of the Apollo Program for earth orbital missions, utilizing hardware and technology from previous programs, e.g., Apollo and Gemini. This paper contains a discussion of the Skylab Test Program management, policy, and requirements.
The Skylab Test Program is designed to verify that hardware meets its performance/design requirements and mission objectives with the minimum expenditure of funds. This requires, at all hardware levels, (1) the timely identification of minimum, but adequate, test requirements through the systems engineering approach, (2) the determination of actual versus planned test status, and (3) management visibility and control to assure that test requirements are being met in a most effective and economical manner. This paper describes these management techniques and some of the significant policy and requirements identified in NHB 8080.3, Apollo Applications Test Requirements (AATR), * currently being used in the Skylab Test Program. It also identifies additional management displays and techniques currently utilized to a varying degree within the Skylab Program.


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