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STS-4



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Launch view of the STS-4 mission
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Pilot Hartsfield reviews TAGS teleprinter printout of instructions on middeck
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Commander Mattingly tangles with NOSL experiment on aft flight deck
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View of the Columbia's RMS arm and end effector grasping IECM
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Thunderstorm off Florida coast, USA
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STS-4 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California
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STS-4 landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California
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Crew: Hartsfield, Mattingly. First Getaway Specials flown. Manned two crew. Fourth space shuttle test flight.

Manned two crew. Fourth space shuttle test flight. Payloads: Induced Environment Contamination Monitor (IECM), Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR), Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES), Development Flight Instrumentation (DFl), Orbiter Experiments (OEX), first NASA getaway special (GAS), Night/Day Optical Survey of Lightning (NOSL) experiment, Vapor Phase Compression (VPC) freezer heat exchanger dynamics for freezing samples, Aerodynamic Coefficient Identification Package (AClP) experiment.

Orbits of Earth: 112. Distance traveled: 5,310,835 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 109,616 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 94,774 kg. Payload to Orbit: 11,109 kg. Payload Returned: 11,109 kg. Landed at: Concrete runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base, Cali. Landing Speed: 378 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 288 m. Landing Rollout: 3,010 m.

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: STS-4 (4)
COLUMBIA (4)
PAD 39-A (16)
4th Shuttle mission
4th Flight OV-102
3rd RMS Mission

Crew:
Thomas K. Mattingly (2), Commander
Henry W. Hartsfield (1), Jr., Pilot

Milestones:
OPF - April 7, 1982
VAB - May 19,1982
PAD - May 26, 1982

Payload:
DoD 82-1,CFES(1),CIRRIS,MLR(2),IECM,SSIP(x2),GAS (G-001),VPCF
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
June 27, 1982, 11:00:00 a.m. EDT. Launch proceeded as scheduled with no delays. Launch weight: 241,664 lbs.
Orbit:
Altitude: 197nm
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Orbits: 113
Duration: Seven days, One hour, Nine minutes, 31 seconds.
Distance: 2,900,000 miles

Hardware:
SRB: BI-004
SRM: 004SW(SPM)
ET : 5/SWT-4
MLP: 1
SSME-1: SN-2007
SSME-2: SN-2006
SSME-3: SN-2005

Landing:
July 4,1982,9:09:31 a.m. PDT, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 9.878 feet. Rollout time: 64 seconds. First landing-on 15.000-foot-long concrete runway at Edwards. Orbiter returned to KSC July 15,1982. Landing Weight: 208,946 lbs

Mission Highlights:
Final Space Transportation System research and development flight. In addition to classified Department of Defense payload, cargo included first Get Away Specials, (G-001) which contained nine experiments from Utah State University; first commercial experiment involving Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES); Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR); Induced Environment Contamination Monitor (IECM), which was deployed, and two Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiments. Crew rock data for two medical experiments on themselves, operated remote manipulator arm to swing IECM around orbiter, and took photos of lightning activity in Earth's atmosphere. Two solid rocket booster casings lost when main parachutes failed and they impacted water and sank. Some rainwater penetrated protective coating of several tiles while orbiter on pad. On orbit, affected area turned toward sun and water vaporized, preventing further tile damage from freezing water.

AKA: Columbia.
First Launch: 1982.06.27.
Last Launch: 1982.07.04.
Duration: 7.05 days.

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Associated People
  • Hartsfield Hartsfield, Henry Warren Jr 'Hank' (1933-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-4, STS-41-D, STS-61-A. More...
  • Mattingly Mattingly, Thomas Kenneth II 'Ken' (1936-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on Apollo 16, STS-4, STS-51-C. 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-4 Chronology


1982 June 27 - . 15:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-4.
  • STS-4 - . Call Sign: Columbia. Crew: Hartsfield; Mattingly. Payload: Columbia F04 / DoD 82-1. Mass: 11,109 kg (24,491 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hartsfield; Mattingly. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-4. Spacecraft: Columbia. Duration: 7.05 days. Decay Date: 1982-07-04 . USAF Sat Cat: 13300 . COSPAR: 1982-065A. Apogee: 302 km (187 mi). Perigee: 295 km (183 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.30 min. Manned two crew. Fourth space shuttle test flight. Payloads: Induced Environment Contamination Monitor (IECM), Monodisperse Latex Reactor (MLR), Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES), Development Flight Instrumentation (DFl), Orbiter Experiments (OEX), first NASA getaway special (GAS), Night/Day Optical Survey of Lightning (NOSL) experiment, Vapor Phase Compression (VPC) freezer heat exchanger dynamics for freezing samples, Aerodynamic Coefficient Identification Package (AClP) experiment.

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