Encyclopedia Astronautica
1973.05.31 - Skylab issues reviewed.


During a Manned Space Flight Management Council telecon, four agenda items were discussed: an early launch date for SL-3; plans for an EVA solar array system repair; deorbiting of the Skylab cluster; and lengthening the SL-2 mission.

The Council decided to go for a 27 July launch date, with the possibility of a further acceleration on a crash effort basis to 22 July if possible degradation of hardware because of unexpected thermal stresses required an earlier launch. Decisions on the other three agenda items were deferred pending further study.

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