- Endeavour (1)
- Pad 39-B (19)
- 47th Shuttle Mission
- 1st Flight OV-105
- Daniel C. Brandenstein (4), Commander
- Kevin P. Chilton (1), Pilot
- Pierre J. Thuot (2), Mission Specialist 1
- Kathryn C. Thornton (2), Mission Specialist 2
- Richard J. Hieb (2), Mission Specialist 3
- Thomas D. Akers (2), Mission Specialist 4
- Bruce E. Melnick (2), Mission Specialist 5
- OnDock KSC: 5-7-91
- VAB: 5-8-91 to complete mfg.
- OPF: 7-25-91 to begin processing for
- VAB: 3-7-92
- PAD: 3-13-92
- INTELSAT-VI-RESCUE, ASEM, CPGC, UVPI, AMOS
- May 7, 1992, 7:40 p.m. EDT. First flight of
Launch originally scheduled for May 4 at 8:34 p.m. EDT, but was
moved to May 7 for an earlier launch window opening at 7:O6 p.m.
EDT which provided better lighting conditions for photographic
documentation of vehicle behavior during the launch phase. Launch
delayed 34 minutes due to
site weather conditions.
Launch Weight: 256,597 lbs.
- Altitude: 195 nm
- Inclination: 28.35 degrees
- Orbits: 141
- Duration: 8 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes, 38 seconds.
- Distance: 3,696,019 miles
- ET :
- MLP :
- SSME-1: SN-2035
- SSME-2: SN-2033
- SSME-3: SN-2034
- SRB: BI-050
- SRM: 360L022
- ET : 43/LWT-36
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2030
- SSME-2: SN-2015
- SSME-3: SN-2017
- May 16, 1992, 6:57:38 p.m. EDT, Runway 22, EAFB, CA. Rollout
distance 9,49O feet, no braking. First use of a drag chute during
returned to KSC on May 30, 1992.
Landing Weight: 201,649 lbs.
- INTELSAT VI (F-3) satellite, stranded in an unusable orbit since
launch aboard a Titan vehicle in March 199O, was captured by
crewmembers during an EVA (extravehicular activity) and equipped
with a new perigee kick motor. The Satellite was subsequently
released into orbit and the new motor fired to put the spacecraft
into a geosynchronous orbit for operational use.
- The capture required three EVAs: a planned one by astronaut
- Pierre J. Thuot and
Richard J. Hieb who were unable to attach a capture
bar to the satellite from a position on the RMS; a second unscheduled
but identical attempt the following day; and finally an unscheduled but
successful hand capture by Pierre J. Thuot and fellow crewmen
- Richard J. Hieb and
Thomas D. Akers as commander
Daniel C. Brandenstein
delicately maneuvered the orbiter
to within a few feet of the 4.5-ton
communications satellite. An ASEM structure was erected in the cargo
bay by the crew to serve as a platform to aid in the hand capture
and subsequent attachment of the capture bar.
- A planned EVA also was performed by astronauts
Kathryn C. Thornton
and Thomas D. Akers as part of
the Assembly of Station by EVA Methods
- Other "payloads of opportunity" experiments conducted included:
Commercial Protein Crystal Growth (CPCG), Ultraviolet Plume
Imager (UVPI) and the Air Force Maui Optical Station
investigation. Mission was extended two days to complete objectives.
- The following records were set during the
- * First EVA involving three astronauts.
- * First and second longest EVA to date: 8 hours and 29
- minutes and 7 hours and 45 minutes.
- * First Shuttle mission to feature four EVAs.
- * EVA time for a single Shuttle mission: 25 hours and
- 27 minutes, or 59:23 person hours.
- * First Shuttle mission requiring three rendezvous with an
- orbiting spacecraft. attached a live rocket motor to an
- orbiting satellite.
- * First use of a-drag chute during a Shuttle landing.
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