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STS-30



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Artist concept titled "STS-30 Descent over California" produced by Rockwell
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STS-30 Atlantis, OV-104, lifts off from KSC LC Pad 39B
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STS-30 aft flight deck onboard view of overhead window, Earth limb, cow photo
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STS-30 crewmembers Thagard and Lee during onboard cabin depressurisation test
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STS-30 Magellan spacecraft & IUS deployment from Atlantis' payload bay (PLB)
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STS-30 Magellan spacecraft & IUS deployment from Atlantis' payload bay (PLB)
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IUS with Magellan spacecraft drifts into space after STS-30 deployment
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Stratocumulus Clouds, eastern Pacific Ocean
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infra-red view of Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, Florida
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STS-30 Atlantis, OV-104, glides toward landing at EAFB, California
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Magellan radar image compared to high resolution Earth-based image of Venus
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Global view of Venus from Magellan, Pioneer, and Venera data
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Crew: Cleave, Grabe, Lee, Thagard, Walker Dave. Manned five crew. Deployed Magellan Venus probe. One of five General Purpose Computers failed and had to be replaced with a sixth onboard hardware spare. First time a GPC was switched on orbit.

Manned five crew. Deployed Magellan Venus probe. Payloads: Deploy IUS with Magellan spacecraft. Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA). Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.

Orbits of Earth: 64. Distance traveled: 2,706,911 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 118,441 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 87,296 kg. Payload to Orbit: 20,833 kg. Payload Returned: 3,493 kg. Landed at: Concrete runway 22 at Edwards AFB, California. Landing Speed: 363 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 421 m. Landing Rollout: 3,137 m.

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: STS-30 (29)
Atlantis (4)
Pad 39-B (10)
29th Shuttle mission
4th Flight OV-104

Crew:
David M. Walker (2), Commander
Ronald J. Grabe (2), Pilot
Norman E. Thagard (3), Mission Specialist 1
Mary L. Cleave (2), Mission Specialist 2
Mark C. Lee (1), Mission Specialist 3

Milestones:
OPF - Dec. 14,1988
VAB - March 11,1989
PAD - March 22, 1989

Payload:
MAGELLAN
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
May 4, 1989,2:48:59 p.m. EDT. Launch April 28 scrubbed at T-31 seconds due to problem with liquid hydrogen recirculation pump on number one main engine and vapor leak in four-inch liquid hydrogen recirculation line between orbiter and external tank. Repairs made and launch reset for May 4. Liftoff delayed until last five minutes of 64-minute window opening at 1:48 a.m.. EDT due to cloud cover and high winds at KSC Shuttle runway, violating return- to-launch site limits. Launch Weight: 261,118 lbs.
Orbit:
Altitude: 184nm
Inclination: 28.8 degrees
Orbits: 65
Duration: 4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, 28 seconds.
Distance: 1,681,997 miles

Hardware:
SRB: BI-027
SRM: 360Q/H004
ET : 29/LWT-22
MLP : 1
SSME-1: SN-2027
SSME-2: SN-2030
SSME-3: SN-2029

Landing:
May 8, 1989, 12:43:27 p.m. PDT, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 10,295 feet. Rollout time: 64 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC May 15,1989. Landing Weight: 192,459 lbs.

Mission Highlights:
Primary payload, Magellan/Venus radar mapper spacecraft and attached Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), deployed six hours, 14 minutes into Flight. IUS first and second stage fired as planned, boosting Magellan spacecraft on proper trajectory for 15-month journey to Venus. Secondary payloads: Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), microgravity research with Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA), and Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.
One of five General Purpose Computers (GPC) failed and had to be replaced with a sixth onboard hardware spare. First time a GPC was switched on orbit.

AKA: Atlantis.
First Launch: 1989.05.04.
Last Launch: 1989.05.08.
Duration: 4.04 days.

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Associated People
  • Thagard Thagard, Dr Norman Earl 'Norm' (1943-) American physician mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-7, STS-51-B, STS-30, STS-42, Mir EO-18. First American to fly aboard a Russian spacecraft. Grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. More...
  • Walker, Dave Walker, David Mathieson 'Dave' (1944-2001) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-51-A, STS-30, STS-53, STS-69. Navy nickname Red Flash, a cocky pilot, over-confident in some astronaut's eyes. More...
  • Grabe Grabe, Ronald John 'Ron' (1945-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-51-J, STS-30, STS-42, STS-57. Flew 200 combat missions over Vietnam. More...
  • Cleave Cleave, Dr Mary Louise (1947-) American ecologist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-61-B, STS-30. Engineer. More...
  • Lee Lee, Mark Charles (1952-) American engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-30, STS-47, STS-64, STS-82. Was married to astronaut Jan Davis, part of first married couple to fly in space together. More...

Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • Atlantis American manned spaceplane. 33 launches, 1985.10.03 to 2011.07.08. The space shuttle Atlantis was the fourth orbiter to become operational at Kennedy Space Center, and the last of the original production run. 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...

Bibliography
  • Mullane, Mike, Riding Rockets, Scribner, New York, 2006.

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-30 Chronology


1989 May 4 - . 18:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-30R.
  • STS-30 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Cleave; Grabe; Lee; Thagard; Walker, Dave. Payload: Atlantis F04 / Magellan [IUS]. Mass: 20,833 kg (45,928 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Cleave; Grabe; Lee; Thagard; Walker, Dave. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-30. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 4.04 days. Decay Date: 1989-05-08 . USAF Sat Cat: 19968 . COSPAR: 1989-033A. Apogee: 366 km (227 mi). Perigee: 361 km (224 mi). Inclination: 28.9000 deg. Period: 91.80 min. Summary: Manned five crew. Deployed Magellan Venus probe. Payloads: Deploy IUS with Magellan spacecraft. Fluids Experiment Apparatus (FEA). Mesoscale Lightning Experiment (MLE), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment..

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