Musgraves STS6 training load

Though formally identified in March 1982, the crew commenced their training in October 1981 with ascent, orbit and entry training lessons in the Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS). Their first ascent and entry integrated simulation occurred in September 1982. The STS-6 crew became the first to have a dedicated SMS team from the start of their training programme through to launch. Training for the crew included ascent, orbit and entry flight operations, payload (IUS) flight operations, crew subsystems training (including pre-launch ingress/egress), EVA operations, and integrated simulations. The IUS training course was completely redesigned and sequenced between the publication of the STS-6 training plan and actual training. The only crew member who had any formal IUS training from the training flow was Musgrave, while the rest of the crew received informal briefings not listed in the training flow.

Table 3. MS 1 Story Musgrave planned vs. actual training hours STS-6

Course

Planned hours

Actual hours

Ascent integrated simulations

0

0

Orbit integrated simulations

92

167.5

Entry integrated simulations

0

29

Ascent flight operations

0

0

Orbit flight operations

83

69

Entry flight operations

1

40.5

Crew systems

59

58

EVA operations

65

120

IUS training

63.5

37.5

Orbiter support systems

0

0

CFES

24

16

TDRS

8

8

Secondary experiments

8

10

Total

403.5

555.5

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