STS-43 (42)

Atlantis (9)
Pad 39-A (41)
42nd Shuttle mission
9th Flight OV-104
Scheduled KSC landing
8th KSC landing

Crew:

John E. Blaha (3), Commander
Michael A. Baker (1), Pilot
Shannon W. Lucid (3), Mission Specialist 1
James C. Adamson (2), Mission Specialist2
G. David Low (2), Mission Specialist 3

Milestones:

OPF - April 19,1991
VAB - June 19,1991
PAD - June 25,1991

Payload:

SRB: BI-045
SRM: 360L017
ET : 47/LWT-40
MLP : 1
SSME-1: SN-2024
SSME-2: SN-2012
SSME-3: SN-2028

Landing:

August 11, 1991, 8:23:25 a.m. EDT, Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rollout distance: 9,890 feet. Rollout time: 60 seconds. First landing scheduled at KSC since 61-C in January 1986 (which was diverted to Edwards). Landing Weight: 196,088 lbs.

Mission Highlights:

Primary payload, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-5 (TDRS-5) attached to an inertial Upper Stage (I US), deployed about six hours into flight, and IUS propelled satellite into geosynchronous orbit; TDRS-5 becomes fourth member of orbiting TDRS cluster. Secondary payloads were Space Station Heat Pipe Advanced Radiator Element II (SHARE II); Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultra-Violet (SSBUV) instrument; Tank Pressure Control Equipment (TPCE) and Optical Communications Through Windows (OCTW). Other experiments included Auroral Photography Experiment (APE-B) Protein Crystal Growth Ill (PCG Ill); Bioserve / Instrumentation Technology Associates Materials Dispersion Apparatus (BIMDA); Investigations Into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP); Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS); Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE); Ultraviolet Plume imager (UVPI); and the Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.

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