New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
NASA confirms shuttle date
SPACE CENTER, Houston (AP) -Space agency officials set an April 12 launch date for Sen. Jake Gam and six astronauts on a space shuttle mission with a long history of changes, rescheduling and reshuffling.
NASA announced Wednesday that the mission, now named 51-D, will be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 8:04 a.m. for five days in orbit and the deployment of two satellites. If on schedule, die launch will come on the fourth anniversary of the first shuttle launch.
It is the sixth launch date scheduled for a five-member astronaut crew led by mission commander Karol Bobko. The crew has experienced changes in payload, spacecraft, crewmates and experiments. And the mission has been cancelled twice and re-named twice.
Gam, a Utah Republican, will fly on the crew as a payload specialist. He was named to the flight as part of his oversight responsibility as chairman of the Senate subcommittee that controls NASA’s budget.
Others on the flight are pilot Don Williams, mission specialists Dr. Rhea Seddon, Jeff Hoffman and David Riggs, and payload specialist Charles Walker, an engineer with McDonnell Douglas Corp.
The mission was first organized in 1983, named 41-F and scheduled for launch on Aug. 29, 1984 aboard space shuttle Discover)* with five crew members.
The astronauts helped designed a mission patch and posed for a crew picture.
When a preceding flight was delayed at the last moment, 41-F was cancelled and its activities combined with a mission called 41-D.
Bobko and his group became a crew without a mission.
A few weeks later, the crew was reassigned to a mission called 51-E
on space shuttle Challenger and given a Feb. 12, 1984 launch date. A new payload was assigned and the crew started training for it. The mission patch was redesigned and another portrait made.
In January, Gam and a French scientist, Patrick Baudry, were assigned to the flight, bringing the crew to seven. The mission patch was changed and a new crew portrait was taken.
Various hardware flaws caused two more launch delays, and then Challenger and a satellite experienced serious problems that forced the mission to be cancelled.
Bobko and his “bridesmaid” crew were reassigned to a mission called 51-D and put on space shuttle Discovery. A crew that had been planning to fly under that name was booted off and became a crew without a mission.
Baudry was removed from Bobko’s crew and Walker was added. The payload was reshuffled.
Once again, the mission patch was redesigned and the crew portrait was retaken.
Bobko said the astronauts on Ins "core crew" have been affected little by the many changes that have occurred in the flight manifest and crew complement. As new jobs were added, said the astronaut, he found someone on his crew who was ready for the change.
The plans call for the astronauts to launch a Canadian satellite called Telesat I and the Navy satellite Syncom IV. Seddon, a medical doctor, will conduct cardiac research. Gam will be the subject of medical experiments on space motion sickness.
Each of the astronauts has also been given a toy, such as a top or yoyo, to demonstrate in weightlessness. The demonstrations will be filmed and shown to students as lessons in science.
Orbiting space station near completion
AUSTIN (AP) — An orbiting space station with the capability to repair and manufacture satellites should be in place by 1992, a former NASA official says.
Hans Mark, former deputy administrator for NASA and current chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin, told engineenng students the space station will probably hold six people, have an orbital vehicle and be a project of several countries.
Mark said he became involved with the project in 1968 when there were
budget problems. The shuttle project's $6.5 billion budget was approved in 1972, he said.
“It's a good thing that the revolution in microelectronics came along exactly at the time we were developing the shuttle. It allowed us to do a lot of things that we really didn’t think we could do back in 1968 when the idea was conceived,” Mark said.
Mark also said he expects a small permanent base to be built on the
moon by 2000.
Public Notice Aviso Publico
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company has filed a tariff with the Public Utility Commission of Texas to introduce a new service offering called ESSX-400 and to limit all rate plans for Centrex services to existing customers
Rate plans for all Centrex services as provided in this tariff, are applicable only to customers with service as of the effective date of this tariff. Centrex customers will be able to expand existing systems and enhancements will continue to be provided The net effect of this tariff would be no change in total billing for Centrex customers.
The Commission has assigned this matter to Docket 6146 A prehearing to discuss the proposed change is scheduled at 9:30 a rn., Wednesday, April 17,1985. in the Commission offices at 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard in Austin, Texas.
Persons who wish to intervene or otherwise participate in these proceedings should notify the Commission as soon as possible A request to intervene. participate or for further information should be mailed to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 400N, Austin, Texas 78757. Further information may also be obtained by calling the Public Utility Commission Consumer Affairs Division at (512) 458-0223 or (512) 458-0227, or (512) 458-0221 teletypewriter for the deaf.
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company anuncia a los usu-artos que ha registrado una tar-ifa ante la Comisidn de Services Publicos de Texas, con el fin de introduce un nuevo service denommado ESSX-400 y de iimitar todo plan tartare para servtcios Centrex a los usuarios actuates.
Los planes tarifarios para todos los services Centrex, segun dispone dicha tarifa, corresponden soiamente para los usuarios que tengan service a partir de la fecha de vigencia de dicha tarifa Los usuanos de Centrex podran expandir sus sistemas actuates, y se sequiran proporcionando mejoras El efecto real de esta tarifa no constitute nmgun cambio en la facturacen total de los usuarios de Centrex
La Comision ha registrado este asunto bajo el Docket 6146. A fin de discutir el cambio pro-puesto, se realizara una preaudience el miercoles 17 de abril de 1985, a las 9:30 de la manana, en las oficinas de la Comisidn, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, en Austin, Texas.
Toda persona que desee intervene o participar en el presente proceso debe notificar a la Comision lo antes posible. Las solicitudes de intervened, participant o informant deben dirigirse a: Public Utility Commission of Texas, 7800 Shoal Creek Boulevard, Suite 400N, Austin, Texas 78757. Para obtener mayor informacidn deut llamar a Public Utility Commission Consumer Affairs Division, (512) 458-0223, o (512) 458-0227, o al (512) 458-0221 si requiere teletipo para personas con impedimentos de audicibn.
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