63. Lesson: Two-Way Color Television Requirement
Two-way color television should be provided for all future space programs for effective data flow and communications. The required bandwidth and power should be made available.
Air-to-ground color television was added to Skylab relatively late in the development cycle. As a result of the design and operational compromises required by the timing of the decision, the potential communications capability was not realized.
During the mission, numerous occasions arose where the flight crew and ground would have benefitted [sic] by seeing problem situations in addition to talking about them. This was particularly true in the repair of malfunctioning equipments. A slow scan system would be acceptable.
These lessons learned are from SKYLAB LESSONS LEARNED AS APPLICABLE TO A LARGE SPACE STATION, A dissertation submitted to the faculty of The School of Engineering and Architecture Of the Catholic University of America For the Degree Doctor of Engineering by William C. Schneider, Washington, D.C., 1976.
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