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STS-48

Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Earth Science

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

STS-48 was the thirteenth mission of the Space Shuttle Discovery and its primary purpose was to launch the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite. The flight was also the first to test an electronic still camera in space, a modified Nikon F4.

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-103

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.

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 Discovery OV-103
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-103
  • Alias
    Discovery
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450,000,000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Discovery


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 5 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Serial Number: OV-103

Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) 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. Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger. It embarked on its last mission, STS-133, on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


James Buchli

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: June 20, 1945
Age: 75

Mark N. Brown

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Nov. 18, 1951
Age: 69

John Oliver Creighton

Commander - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: April 28, 1943
Age: 78

Charles D. Gemar

Mission Specialist - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1955
Age: 65

Kenneth S. Reightler Jr.

Pilot - American - (NASA)

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 24, 1951
Age: 70

United Space Alliance

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Founded: 1995 Successes: 99 Failures: 1 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

INFO WIKI

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Launch Complex 39A


Falcon 9 Block 5
Success
22 hours, 5 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, 10 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, 6 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, 9 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.