National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

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Administrator: Jim Bridenstine Founded: 1958 Successes: 153 Failures: 2 Pending: 2

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA have many launch facilities but most are inactive. The most commonly used pad will be LC-39B at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.


Launch Vehicle

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Configuration: OV-103
Family: Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

Vehicle Specifications

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103
GTO: 0
LEO: 24400
Length: 38.1 m
Diameter: 8.4 m
Launch Mass: 2040k kg
Thurst: 28200 kN

Human Exploration

STS-133 was an ISS assembly flight. Payload included the Permanent Multipurpose Module Leonardo, which was left permanently docked to one of the station's ports. The shuttle also carried the third of four ExPRESS Logistics Carriers to the ISS, as well as a humanoid robot called Robonaut.

Launch Window

NET: February 24th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

Open: February 24th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

Close: February 24th 2011 - 21:53 UTC

Watch the Launch

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL




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