Manned five crew. First retrieval of two satellites (PALAPA B-2 and WESTAR Vl) for return to earth. Deployed Anik D2, Leasat 2; recovered Westar 6, Palapa B2. Payloads: Telesat (Canada communications satellite)-H with Payload Assist Module (PAM)-D deploy-ment, Syncom IV-1 communications satellite deployment with its unique stage, retrieval of PALAPA B-2 and WESTAR VI communications satellites with PAM-D which failed to ignite on the STS-41-B mission. Manned maneuvering unit (MMU) used for retrieval. Diffusive Mixing of Organic Solutions (DMOS) experiment.
Orbits of Earth: 126. Distance traveled: 5,293,785 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 119,441 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 94,120 kg. Payload to Orbit: 20,550 kg. Payload Returned: 11,273 kg. Landed at: Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Landing Speed: 344 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 828 m. Landing Rollout: 2,883 m. EVA: Joseph Allen and Dale Gardner. EVA No. 1 duration, 6 hours, 13 minutes. EVA No. 2 duration, 6 hours and 1 minute. Manned maneuvering unit (MMU) operating time Joseph Allen 2 hours, 22 minutes, Dale Gardner 1 hour, 40 minutes.
Mission Name: 51-A (14)
Pad 39-A (26)
14th Shuttle mission
2nd Flight OV-103
3rd KSC landing
Frederick H. Hauck (2), Commander
David M. Walker (1), Pilot
Anna L. Fisher (1), Mission Specialist 1
Dale A. Gardner (2), Mission Specialist 2
Joseph P. Allen (2), Mission Specialist 3
OPF - Sept. 10,1984
VAB - Oct. 18,1984
PAD - Oct. 23, 1984
November 8, 1984,7:15:00 a.m. EST. Launch attempt Nov. 7 scrubbed during built-in hold at T-20 minutes due to wind shears in upper atmosphere. Countdown Nov. 8 proceeded as scheduled. Launch Weight: 263,324 lbs.
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: 7 days, 23 hours, 44 minutes, 56 seconds.
Distance: 3,289,406 miles
ET : 16/LWT-9
MLP : 2
November 16, 1984, 6:59:56 a.m. EST, Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rollout distance: 9,461 feet Rollout time: 58 seconds. Landing Weight: 207,505 lbs.
Canadian communications satellite TELESAT-H (ANIK), attached to Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D), deployed into geosynchronous orbit on flight day two. On third day, defense communications satellite SYNCOM IV-I (also known as LEASAT-1) deployed. Allen and Gardner, wearing jet-propelled manned maneuvering units, retrieved two malfunctioning satellites: PALAPA-B2 and WESTAR-VI, both deployed on Mission 41-B. Fisher operated remote manipulator system, grappling satellites and depositing them in payload bay. Middeck payloads: Diffusive Mixing of Organic Solutions (DMOS), and Radiation Monitoring Equipment (RME). References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 33 .