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STS-6 Countdown & Launch - 2 (Challenger)

The coutdown and launch of STS-6 - the first flight of the orbiter Challenger - 4th April 1983 - Onboard are astronauts Paul Weitz (CDR) Karol Bobko (PLT) St...

STS-6

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Communications

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

STS-6 was the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger. It deployed the first Tracking and Data Relay Satellite into orbit for NASA, forming an integral part of NASAs in-space 10. It was also the first Space Shuttle mission involving a spacewalk. It was the first mission in which the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) was used.

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: 4 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


Paul J. Weitz

Commander - American - ( NASA )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: July 25, 1932
Date of Death: Oct. 22, 2017

Karol J. Bobko

Pilot - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Dec. 23, 1937
Age: 83

Story Musgrave

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 19, 1935
Age: 86

Donald H. Peterson

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Deceased

Date of Birth: Oct. 22, 1933
Date of Death: May 27, 2018

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


Soyuz STB
Success
1 day, 3 hours ago
2 x Galileo
Soyuz Launch Complex - Kourou, French Guiana

Payload consists of two satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system.


Falcon 9
Success
3 days, 4 hours ago
Starlink 4-3
Space Launch Complex 40 - Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

A batch of 48 satellites for the Starlink mega-constellation - SpaceX's project for space-based Internet communication system - as well as 2 BlackSky…


Long March 3
Success
1 week, 2 days ago
ChinaSat 1D
Launch Complex 2 (LC-2) - Xichang Satellite Launch Center, People's Republic of China

The FH 2 (Feng Huo 2) series are reportedly the second generation of chinese military comsats and data relay satellites. They provide both C-band and…


Soyuz 2.1b/Fregat
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Kosmos 2552 (EKS 5/Tundra 5)
43/4 (43R) - Plesetsk Cosmodrome, Russian Federation

The Tundra or EKS (meaning Unified Space System) series of satellites is the next generation of Russian early warning satellites.


Kuaizhou
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Shiyan 11
Unknown Pad - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Unknown Chinese satellite reported for technology development purposes.


Soyuz 2.1b
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Uzlovoy Module (UM) "Prichal"
31/6 - Baikonur Cosmodrome, Republic of Kazakhstan

The UM (Uzlovoy Module) or NM (Node Module) is a node to be added to the Russian part of the ISS complex. It is also named Prichal. UM will be deliv…


Falcon 9
Success
1 week, 4 days ago
Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
Space Launch Complex 4E - Vandenberg SFB, CA, USA

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission is the first-ever mission to demonstrate the capability to deflect an asteroid by colliding a spacecr…


Long March 4C
Success
1 week, 6 days ago
Gaofen-3 02
Launch Area 4 (SLS-2 / 603) - Jiuquan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen (GF) is a series of Chinese civilian remote sensing satellites for the state-sponsored program China High-definition Earth Observation System …


Astra Rocket 3
Success
2 weeks, 1 day ago
STP-27AD2
Launch Pad 3B - Pacific Spaceport Complex, Alaska, USA

Space Force test payload contracted through the Defense Innovation Unit’s Other Transaction Agreement with Astra Space.


Long March 4B
Success
2 weeks, 2 days ago
Gaofen-11-03
Launch Complex 9 - Taiyuan, People's Republic of China

Gaofen is a series of civilian Earth observation satellites developed and launched for the China High-definition Earth Observation System (CHEOS), a …