Apollo 8 Spacecraft History

 

Event

Date

Saturn S-II stage #3 delivered to KSC.

26 Dec 1967

Saturn S-IC stage #3 delivered to KSC.

27 Dec 1967

Saturn S-IC stage #3 erected on MLP #1.

30 Dec 1967

Saturn S-IVB stage #503 delivered to KSC.

30 Dec 1967

Saturn V instrument unit #503 delivered to KSC.

04 Jan 1968

BP-30 delivered to KSC.

06 Jan 1968

Lunar test article B delivered to KSC.

09 Jan 1968

Lunar test article B mated to spacecraft/LM adapter.

19 Jan 1968

Saturn S-II stage #3 erected.

31 Jan 1968

Saturn S-IVB stage #503 erected.

01 Feb 1968

Saturn V instrument unit #503 erected.

01 Feb 1968

Boilerplate payload (BP-30) and summary launch escape system erected.

05 Feb 1968

Launch vehicle electrically mated.

12 Feb 1968

Space vehicle overall test #1 completed (for unmanned mission).

11 Mar 1968

Space vehicle pull test completed (for unmanned mission).

25 Mar 1968

Space vehicle overall test #2 completed (for unmanned mission).

08 Apr 1968

Decision made to de-erect boilerplate payload (BP-30) for service propulsion system skirt modifications.

10 Apr 1968

C mission changed to C prime mission.

27 Apr 1968

Spacecraft/LM adapter #11, instrument unit #503 and Saturn S-IVB stage #503 de-erected.

28 Apr 1968

Saturn S-II stage #3 de-erected.

29 Apr 1968

Saturn S-II stage #3 departed for Mississippi Test Facility for man-rating tests.

01 May 1968

Individual and combined CM and SM systems test completed at factory.

02 Jun 1968

LM descent stage #3 delivered to KSC.

09 Jun 1968

LM ascent stage #3 delivered to KSC.

14 Jun 1968

Saturn S-II stage #3 delivered to KSC from Mississippi Test Facility.

27 Jun 1968

Integrated CM and SM systems test completed at factory.

21 Jul 1968

Saturn S-II stage #3 re-erected.

24 Jul 1968

CSM #103 quads delivered to KSC.

06 Aug 1968

CM #103 and SM #103 ready to ship from factory to KSC.

11 Aug 1968

Service module #103 delivered to KSC.

11 Aug 1968

CM #103 delivered to KSC.

12 Aug 1968

Saturn S-IVB stage #503 erected.

14 Aug 1968

Saturn V instrument unit #503 erected.

15 Aug 1968

Facility verification vehicle erected.

16 Aug 1968

AS-503 designated Apollo 8. Decision made to replace LM with spacecraft/LM adapter and lunar test article B.

19 Aug 1968

CM #103 and SM #103 mated.

22 Aug 1968

Launch vehicle electrical systems test completed.

23 Aug 1968

CSM #103 combined systems test completed.

05 Sep 1968

Facility verification vehicle de-erected.

14 Sep 1968

BP-30 erected for service arm checkout.

15 Sep 1968

Spacecraft/LM adapter #11 delivered to KSC.

18 Sep 1968

CSM #103 altitude tests completed.

22 Sep 1968

Lunar test article B mated with spacecraft/LM adapter.

29 Sep 1968

Service arm overall test completed.

02 Oct 1968

BP-30 de-erected.

04 Oct 1968

CSM #103 moved to VAB

07 Oct 1968

Space vehicle and MLP #1 transferred to launch complex 39A.

09 Oct 1968

Mobile service structure transferred to launch complex 39A.

12 Oct 1968

Space vehicle cutoff and malfunction test completed.

22 Oct 1968

CSM #103/Mission Control Center Houston test completed.

29 Oct 1968

CSM #103 integrated systems test completed.

02 Nov 1968

CSM #103 electrically mated to launch vehicle.

04 Nov 1968

Space vehicle electrically mated.

05 Nov 1968

Space vehicle overall test completed.

06 Nov 1968

Space vehicle overall test #1 (plugs in) completed.

07 Nov 1968

Launch vehicle/Mission Control Center Houston test completed.

11 Nov 1968

Launch umbilical tower/pad water system test completed.

12 Nov 1968

Space vehicle flight readiness test completed.

19 Nov 1968

Space vehicle hypergolic fuel loading completed.

30 Nov 1968

Saturn S-IC stage #3 RP-1 fuel loading completed.

02 Dec 1968

Space vehicle countdown demonstration test (wet) completed.

10 Dec 1968

Space vehicle countdown demonstration test (dry) completed.

11 Dec 1968

 

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