- DISCOVERY (7)
- Pad 39-B (7)
- 26th Shuttle mission
- 7th Flight OV-103
- Frederick H. Hauck (3), Commander
- Richard O. Covey (2), Pilot
- John M. Lounge (2), Mission Specialist 1
- George D. Nelson (3), Mission Specialist 2
- David C. Hilmers (2), Mission Specialist 3
- OPF - Oct. 30,
- VAB - June 21,
- PAD - July 4,
- TDRS-C, PVTOS, PCG, IRCFE, ARC, IFE, MLE, PPE, ELRAD, ASDF,
- September 29, 1988,
11:37:00 a.m. EDT. Launch delayed one
hour, 38 minutes to replace fuses in cooling system of two of crew's
flight pressure suits, and due to lighter than expected upper
atmospheric winds. Suit repairs successful and countdown continued
after waiver of wind condition constraint. Launch Weight: 254,606 lbs.
- Altitude: 203nm
- Inclination: 28.5degrees
- Orbits: 64
- Duration: Four days, one hour, zero minutes, 11 seconds.
- Distance: 1,680,000 miles
- SRB: BI-029
- SRM: 360L001
- ET : 28/LWT-21
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2019
- SSME-2: SN-2022
- SSME-3: SN-2028
- October 3, 1988,
9:37:11 a.m. PDT, Runway 17, Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. Rollout distance: 7,451 feet. Rollout time: 49 seconds.
returned to KSC Oct. 8,1988.
Landing Weight: 194,184 lbs.
- Primary payload, NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-3
(TDRS-3) attached to an
Inertial Upper Stage
second TDRS deployed.
After deployment, IUS propelled satellite
to geosynchronous orbit. Secondary payloads: Physical Vapor
Transport of Organic Solids (PVTOS); Protein Crystal Growth
(PCG); Infrared Communications
Flight Experiment (IRCFE); Aggregation
of Red Blood Cells (ARC); Isoelectric Focusing Experiment (IFE);
Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE); Phase Partitioning Experiment (PPE);
Earth-Limb Radiance Experiment (ELRAD); Automated Directional Solidification
Furnace (ADSF) and two Shuttle Student Involvement Program
Orbiter Experiments Autonomous Supporting
Instrumentation System-I (OASIS-I)
recorded variety of environmental measurements during various inflight
phases of orbiter.
Ku-band antenna in payload bay deployed; however, dish
antenna command and actual telemetry did not correspond. Also,
Flash Evaporator System iced up, raising crew cabin temperature to mid-80s.
Last Mission 51-L
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