Jack Lousma’s complete ring-bound flown Payload Data Retrieval System checklist carried aboard Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-3 mission, approximately 260 pages (130 double-sided sheets), 6 x 8, filled with copious handwritten pencil notations as well as numerous sections highlighted in various colored felt tip marker. The checklist is divided by several tabs labeled “RMS PWRUP,” “RMS PWRDWN,” “ACT MON,” “CONT OPS,” “REF DATA,” “INADV REL,” “RMS TESTS,” and “UNLOADED,” and contains all of the procedures for the combined evaluation for the Remote Manipulator System and the collection of data by the Plasma Diagnostic Package. In fine condition. Accompanied by a signed and flight-certified letter of authenticity from Lousma, in part: “This Payload Data Retrieval System (PDRS) Checklist was flown during the third orbital test flight…of the Columbia Space Shuttle during March 22-30, 1982…I hereby certify this PDRS Checklist is from my personal collection and has been in my possession since the STS-3 mission.”
Flown by the two-man crew of Commander Jack Lousma and Pilot Gordon Fullerton, the STS-3 Columbia made 130 orbits and traveled 3,300,000 miles during its 8-day journey. The primary objectives of the mission were to carry out extensive thermal testing of the spacecraft, as well as continue testing of the Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm, a series of robotic arms that were used on the Space Shuttle orbiters to deploy, maneuver, and capture payloads. Although the Canadarm was first tested in orbit on the STS-2 mission, its first operational use was on STS-3 when it deployed and maneuvered the Plasma Diagnostics Package. The Canadarm flew on over 90 missions before its retirement in July 2011. Pre-certified Zarelli Space Authentication.
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