- Atlantis (10)
- Pad 39-A (43)
- 44th Shuttle mission
- 10th flight OV-104
- Shortened mission
- Diverted landing
- Frederick D. Gregory (3), Commander
- Terence T. Henricks (1), Pilot
- F. Story Musgrave (4), Mission Specialist
- Mario Runco, Jr. (1), Mission Specialist
- James S. Voss (1), Mission Specialist
- Thomas J. Hennen (1), Payload Specialist
- OPF - Aug. 12,1991
- VAB - Oct. 18, 1991
- PAD - Oct. 23,1991
- IOCM, MODE(2), AMOS(2), MMIS, CREAM, SAM, RME-III, VFT-1, UVPI,
- November 24, 1991, 6:44:00 p.m. EST. Launch set for Nov. 19
delayed due to malfunctioning redundant inertial measurement unit
on inertial Upper Stage booster
attached to Defense Support
Program satellite. Unit replaced and tested. Launch reset for Nov.
24, delayed 13 minutes to allow an orbiting spacecraft to pass and
to allow external tank
liquid oxygen replenishment after minor
repairs to valve in the liquid oxygen replenishment system in the
mobile launcher platform. Launch Weight: 259,629 lbs.
- Altitude: 197nm
- Inclination: 28.5 degrees
- Orbits: 110
- Duration: 6 days, 22 hours, 50 minutes, 44 seconds.
- Distance: 2,890,067 miles
- SRB: BI-047
- SRM: 360L/W019
- ET : 53/LWT-46
- MLP : 1
- SSME-1: SN-2015
- SSME-2: SN-2030
- SSME-3: SN-2029
- December 1, 1991, 2:34:12 p.m. PST, Runway 5.
Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif. Rollout distance: 11,191 feet. Rollout time: 107 seconds. Landing
originally scheduled for KSC on Dec. 4, but ten-day mission shortened
and landing rescheduled following Nov. 30 on-orbit failure of one of three
orbiter inertial measurement units.
Lengthy rollout due to minimal braking
for test. Orbiter
returned to KSC on Dec. 8. Landing Weight: 193,825 lbs.
- Dedicated Department of Defense mission. Unclassified payload included
Defense Support Program (DSP) satellite and attached
Inertial Upper Stage
(IUS), deployed on flight day one.
Cargo bay and middeck payloads: Interim
Operational Contamination Monitor
(IOCM); Terra Scout; Military Man in Space
(M88-1); Air Force Maui Optical System
(AMOS); Cosmic Radiation Effects
and Activation Monitor (CREAM); Shuttle Activation Monitor
Monitoring Equipment III (RMEIII); Visual Function Tester-1
Ultraviolet Plume Instrument (UVPI). Bioreactor Flow and Particle Trajectory
experiment; and Extended Duration
Orbiter Medical Project, a series of
investigations in support of Extended Duration
Last Mission STS-48
Next Mission STS-42
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