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STS-51-B

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission:

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

STS-51-B was the seventeenth flight of the shuttle program and the seventh for Space Shuttle Challenger. It was the second flight for SpaceLab.

Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-099

Space Shuttle Challenger was the second orbiter of NASA's space shuttle program to be put into service following Columbia. Its maiden flight, STS-6, started on April 4, 1983. It launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian school teacher. It was the first of two shuttles to be destroyed in flight, the other being Columbia in 2003.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    38.1 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    2040 T
  • Thrust
    28200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-099
  • Alias
    Challenger
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Challenger


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 6 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: OV-099

Space Shuttle Challenger (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-099) was the second orbiter of NASA's space shuttle program to be put into service, after Columbia. Challenger was built by Rockwell International's Space Transportation Systems Division, in Downey, California. Its maiden flight, STS-6, began on April 4, 1983. The orbiter was launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian school teacher. It was the first of two shuttles to be destroyed in flight, the other being Columbia, in 2003. The accident led to a two-and-a-half-year grounding of the shuttle fleet; flights resumed in 1988, with STS-26 flown by Discovery. Challenger was replaced by Endeavour, which was built from structural spares ordered by NASA in the construction contracts for Discovery and Atlantis.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


Norman E. Thagard

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: July 3, 1943
Age: 77

William E. Thornton

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: April 14, 1929
Date of Death: Jan. 14, 2020

Robert F. Overmyer

Commander - American - (NASA)

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: July 14, 1936
Date of Death: March 22, 1996

Frederick D. Gregory

Pilot - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Jan. 7, 1941
Age: 80

Don L. Lind

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: May 18, 1930
Age: 90

Lodewijk van den Berg

Payload Specialist - Dutch-American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 24, 1932
Age: 89

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Lockheed Space Operations Company

(LSOC)

Successes: 9 Failures: 1 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
23 hours, 15 minutes ago
Starlink 27
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 2
Success
3 days, 11 hours ago
Yaogan-30-08
Launch Complex 3 ( LC-3 ) ( LA-1 ) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The Yaogan-30 is a series of military remote sensing satellites which are launched in triplets. The satellites are spaced by 120° in their orbit.


Starship Prototype
Success
4 days, 7 hours ago
10 km Flight
Launch Pad A - SpaceX Space Launch Facility, TX, USA

The SN15 Starship prototype will perform a test flight similar to SN8 to SN11. It will launch up to an altitude of 10 km or 33,000 ft and do a belly …


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
5 days, 10 hours ago
Starlink 25
Launch Complex 39A - Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
Yaogan 34
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Officially described as an optical remote-sensing satellite built by SAST.


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Starlink 24
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 60 satellites for Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system.


Long March 5B
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Tianhe
Wenchang - Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

Tianhe (which translates as "Heavenly Harmony") is the core module and backbone of the Chinese space station, designed to provide the main living qua…


Vega
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Pléiades Neo 3
Ariane Launch Area 1 - Kourou, French Guiana

Pléiades Neo is a constellation of four optical high-resolution Earth observation satellites built and operated by Airbus. It is a dual purpose const…


Long March 6
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Long March 6
Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Delta IV Heavy
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
NROL-82
Space Launch Complex 6 - Vandenberg AFB, CA, USA

Classified payload for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office.