Deployed and retrieved Spartan 1; launched Morelos 1, Arabsat 1B, Telstar 3D.Payloads: Shuttle Pointed Autono-mous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN)-1; Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF); High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); Orbiter Experiments (OEX); French Echocardiograph Experiment (FEE) and French Pocket Experiment (FPE).
Orbits of Earth: 111. Distance traveled: 4,693,051 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 116,310 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 92,607 kg. Payload to Orbit: 20,174 kg. Payload Returned: 9,818 kg. Landed at: Runway 23 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Landing Speed: 366 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 340 m. Landing Rollout: 2,265 m.
Mission Name: 51-G (18)
Pad 39-A (30)
18th Shuttle mission
5th Flight OV-103
Daniel C. Brandenstein (2), Commander
John O. Creighton (1), Pilot
Shannon W. Lucid (1), Mission Specialist 1
John M. Fabian (2), Mission Specialist 2
Steven R. Nagel (1), Mission Specialist 3
Patrick Baudry (1), Payload Specialist 1
Sultan Salman Al-Saud (1), Payload Specialist 2
OPF - April 19, 1985
VAB - May 29, 1985
PAD - June 4,1985
Jun. 17,1985,7:33:00 a.m, EDT. Launch proceeded as scheduled with no delays. Launch Weight: 256,524 lbs.
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Duration: Seven days, one hour, 38 minutes, 52 seconds.
Distance: 2,916,127 miles
ET : 20/LWT-13
MLP : 1
June 24, 1985, 6:11:52 a.m. PDT, Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 7,433 feet. Rollout time: 42 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC June 28, 1985. Landing Weight: 204,169 lbs
Three communications satellites, all attached to Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D) motors, were deployed: MORE LOS-A, for Mexico; ARABSAT-A, for Arab Satellite Communications Organization; and TELSTAR-3D, for AT&T. Also flown: deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-1); six Get Away Special canisters; Strategic Defense Initiative experiment called the High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); a materials processing furnace called Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF); and two French biomedical experiments. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 33 .