Manned five crew. Deployed Anik C2, Palapa B1; deployed and retrieved SPAS platform. Payloads: Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications (OSTA)-2 experiments, deployment of PALAPA-B1 communications satellite for Indonesia with Payload Assist Module (PAM)-D and Telesat-F communications satellite for Canada with PAM-D, German Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS)-01, seven getaway specials (GAS), Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR), Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES).
Orbits of Earth: 97. Distance traveled: 4,072,552 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 113,025 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 92,550 kg. Payload to Orbit: 16,839 kg. Payload Returned: 10,058 kg. Landed at: Runway 15 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Landing Speed: 374 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 830 m. Landing Rollout: 3,185 m.
Mission Name: STS-7 (7)
Pad 39-A (19)
7th Shuttle mission
2nd Flight OV-99
1st US Woman in Space
Robert L. Crippen (2), Commander
Frederick H. Hauck (1), Pilot
John M. Fabian (1), Mission Specialist
Sally K. Ride (1), Mission Specialist
Norman E. Thagard (1), Mission Specialist
OPF - April 17,1983
VAB - May 21,1983
PAD - May 26, 1983
June 18,1983,7:33:00 a.m. EDT. Launch proceeded as scheduled with no delays. Launch Weight: 249,178 lbs.
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: Six days, two hours, 23 minutes, 59 seconds.
Distance: 2,530,567 miles
ET : 7/SWT-6
MLP : 1
June 24, 1983, 6:56:59 a.m. PDT, Runway 15, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 10,450 feet. Rollout time: 75 seconds. Planned landing at KSC scrubbed due to poor weather conditions. Mission extended two revolutions to facilitate landing at Edwards. Orbiter returned to KSC June 29, 1983. Landing Weight: 204,043 lbs.
Sally Ride became first American woman to fly in space. Two communications satellites deployed, ANIK C-2 for TELESAT Canada and PALAPA-B1 for Indonesia, both attached to Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D) motors. Seven Get Away Special canisters in cargo bay held variety of experiments, including ones studying affects of space on social behavior of ant colony in zero gravity. Ten experiments mounted on Shuttle Pallet Satellite (SPAS-01) performed research in forming metal alloys in microgravity and use of remote sensing scanner. Orbiter's small control rockets fired while SPAS-01 held by remote manipulator system to test movement on extended arm. Experiment 1: Investigate space sickness carried out. Other payloads: Office of Space and Terrestrial Applications-2 (OSTA-2). Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES); Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR) and one Shuttle Student Involvement (SSIP) experiment. References: 1 , 2 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 33 .