Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
He has logged 4,000 hours flying time, including 3,400 hours in jet aircraft.
Fabian first flew as a mission specialist on STS-7, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 18, 1983. He was accompanied by Capt. Robert Crippen (mission commander), Capt. Rick Hauck (pilot), and fellow mission specialists Dr. Sally Ride and Dr. Norm Thagard. This was the second flight for the Orbiter Challenger and the first mission with a 5-person crew. During the mission, the STS-7 crew deployed satellites for Canada (ANIK C-2) and Indonesia (PALAPA B-l); operated the Canadian-built Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to perform the first deployment and retrieval exercise with the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS-01); conducted the first formation flying of the orbiter with a free-flying satellite (SPAS-01); carried and operated the first U.S./German cooperative materials science payload (OSTA-2); and operated the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES) and the Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR) experiments, in addition to activating seven Getaway Specials. Mission duration was 147 hours before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24, 1983.
On his second mission, Fabian flew on STS 51-G which launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on June 17, 1985, and landed at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on June 24, 1985, after completing approximately 170 hours of space flight. He was accompanied by Capt. Daniel Brandenstein (mission commander), Cdr. John Creighton (pilot), fellow mission specialists Lt. Col. Steve Nagel and Dr. Shannon Lucid, and payload specialists Lt. Col. Patrick Baudry (France) and Prince Sultan Salman Al-Saud (Saudi Arabia). This international crew deployed communications satellites for Mexico (Morelos), the Arab League (Arabsat), and the United States (AT&T Telstar). They used the Remote Manipulator System (RMS) to deploy and later retrieve the SPARTAN satellite which performed 17 hours of x-ray astronomy experiments while separated from the Space Shuttle. In addition, the crew activated the Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF), six Getaway Specials, participated in biomedical experiments, and conducted a laser tracking experiment as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative.
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