Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
He has logged 3,300 hours flying time, the majority in jet aircraft.
From 1979 through the first flight, STS-l, van Hoften supported the Shuttle entry and on-orbit guidance, navigation and flight control testing at the Flight Systems Laboratory at Downey, California. Subsequently he was the lead of the Astronaut Support Team at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, responsible for the Space Shuttle turn-around testing and flight preparations. Dr. van Hoften was a mission specialist on STS 41-C, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on April 6, 1984. He was accompanied by Captain Robert L. Crippen (spacecraft commander), Mr. F.R. (Dick) Scobee (pilot), and fellow mission specialists, Mr. Terry J. Hart, and Dr. G. D. "Pinky" Nelson. During this mission the crew successfully deployed the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF); retrieved the ailing Solar Maximum Satellite, repaired it on-board the orbiting Challenger, and replaced it in orbit, using the robot arm called the Remote Manipulator System (RMS). The mission also included flight testing of Manned Maneuvering Units (MMU's) in two extravehicular activities (EVA's); operation of the Cinema 360 and IMAX Camera Systems, as well as a Bee Hive Honeycomb Structures student experiment. Mission duration was seven days before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on April 13, 1984.
Dr. van Hoften was next a mission specialist on STS 51-1, which launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on August 27,1985. The crew included Col. Joe Engle (commander), Col. Dick Covey (pilot), and mission specialists Mr. Mike Lounge and Dr. William Fisher. During this mission the crew successfully deployed three communications satellites, the Navy's Syncom IV-4, Australian Aussat, and American Satellite Company's ASC-l. The crew also performed the successful salvage of the ailing Navy Syncom IV-3 satellite. This task included two Extravehicular Activities (EVAs) in which Dr. van Hoften, attached to the Remote Manipulator System (RMS), performed the first manual grapple and manual deployment of a satellite in orbit. The mission also included the Physical Vapor Transport of Organic Solids (PVTOS), the second material processing experiment to be flown aboard a Shuttle for 3M. STS 51-1 completed 112 orbits of the Earth before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985. With the completion of this flight, Dr. van Hoften has logged a total of 338 hours in space, including 22 hours of EVA flight time.
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