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STS-28



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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, Pilot Richards adjusts LES before bailout exercises
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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, lifts off from KSC Launch Complex (LC) Pad 39B
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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, Pilot Richards at forward flight deck pilots station
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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, MS Brown juggles food containers on middeck
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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, MS Brown uses ARRIFLEX camera on aft flight deck
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STS-28 Columbia, OV-102, landing at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) California
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STS-28 MS Adamson inspects Columbia's, OV-102's, thermal protection system
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Crew: Adamson, Brown Mark, Leestma, Richards, Shaw. Manned five crew. Deployed two classified satellites.

Manned five crew. Deployed 2 classified satellites. Landed at: Runway 17 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Landing Speed: 287 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 1,618.00 m. Landing Rollout: 1,833.00 m. Payloads: DoD Mission.

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: STS-28 (30)
COLUMBIA (8)
Pad 39-B (11)
30th Shuttle mission
8th Flight OV-102

Crew:
Brewster H. Shaw, Jr. (3), Commander
Richard N. Richards (1), Pilot
James C. Adamson (1), Mission Specialist 1
David C. Leestma (2), Mission Specialist 2
Mark N. Brown (1), Mission Specialist 3

Milestones:
OPF - Jan. 23, 1989
VAB - July 3, 1989
PAD - July 14,1989

Payload:
DoD(4)
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
August 8, 1989, 8:37:00 a.m. EDT. Liftoff occurred during classified launch window lying within launch period extending from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT, Aug. 8. Launch Weight: Classified.
Orbit:
Altitude: Classified
Inclination: 57.0 degrees
Orbits: 81
Duration: 5 days, 1 hour, 0 minutes, 8 seconds.
Distance: 2,100,000 miles (approx)

Hardware:
SRB: BI-028
SRM: 360H005
ET : 31/LWT-24
MLP : 2
SSME-1: SN-2019
SSME-2: SN-2022
SSME-3: SN-2028

Landing:
August 13, 1989, 6:37:08 a.m. PDT, Runway 17, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 6,015 feet. Rollout time: 46 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC Aug. 21, 1989. Landing Weight: 200,214 lbs.

Mission Highlights:
Fourth mission dedicated to Department of Defense, and first flight of COLUMBIA since Mission 61-C.

AKA: Columbia.
First Launch: 1989.08.08.
Last Launch: 1989.08.13.
Duration: 5.04 days.

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Associated People
  • Shaw Shaw, Brewster Hopkinson Jr (1945-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-9, STS-61-B, STS-28. More...
  • Adamson Adamson, James Craig 'Jim' (1946-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-28, STS-43. US Army More...
  • Richards Richards, Richard Noel 'Dick' (1946-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-28, STS-41, STS-50, STS-64. More...
  • Leestma Leestma, David Cornell 'Dave' (1949-) American engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-41-G, STS-28, STS-45. More...
  • Brown, Mark Brown, Mark Neil (1951-) American engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-28, STS-48. More...

Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Columbia American manned spaceplane. 28 launches, 1981.04.12 (STS-1) to 2003.01.16 (STS-107). Columbia, the first orbiter in the Shuttle fleet, was named after the sloop that accomplished the first American circumnavigation of the globe. More...

See also
Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • NASA American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, USA, USA. More...
  • NASA Houston American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. Houston, Houston, USA. More...

Associated Programs
  • STS The Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) was conceived originally as a completely reusable system that would provide cheap, routine access to space and replace all American and civilian military launch vehicles. Crippled by technological overreach, political compromise, and budget limitations, it instead ended up costing more than the expendable rockets it was to have replaced. STS sucked the money out of all other NASA projects for half a century. The military abandoned its use after the Challenger shuttle explosion in the 1980's. More...

Associated Launch Sites
  • Cape Canaveral America's largest launch center, used for all manned launches. Today only six of the 40 launch complexes built here remain in use. Located at or near Cape Canaveral are the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island, used by NASA for Saturn V and Space Shuttle launches; Patrick AFB on Cape Canaveral itself, operated the US Department of Defense and handling most other launches; the commercial Spaceport Florida; the air-launched launch vehicle and missile Drop Zone off Mayport, Florida, located at 29.00 N 79.00 W, and an offshore submarine-launched ballistic missile launch area. All of these take advantage of the extensive down-range tracking facilities that once extended from the Cape, through the Caribbean, South Atlantic, and to South Africa and the Indian Ocean. More...

STS-28 Chronology


1989 August 8 - . 12:37 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-28R.
  • STS-28 - . Call Sign: Columbia. Crew: Adamson; Brown, Mark; Leestma; Richards; Shaw. Payload: Columbia F08 / DoD. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Adamson; Brown, Mark; Leestma; Richards; Shaw. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-28. Spacecraft: Columbia. Duration: 5.04 days. Decay Date: 1989-08-13 . USAF Sat Cat: 20164 . COSPAR: 1989-061A. Apogee: 306 km (190 mi). Perigee: 289 km (179 mi). Inclination: 57.0000 deg. Period: 90.50 min. Manned five crew. Deployed 2 classified satellites. Landed at: Runway 17 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Landing Speed: 287 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 1,618.00 m. Landing Rollout: 1,833.00 m. Payloads: DoD Mission.

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