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STS-43
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STS-43
STS-43
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Deployed TDRS 5 satellite.

AKA: Atlantis. Launched: 1991-08-02. Returned: 1991-08-11. Number crew: 5 . Duration: 8.89 days.

Payloads: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-E/Inertial Upper Stage (Inertial), Space Station Heat pipe Advanced Radiator Element (SHARE)-II, Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) instrument 03, Optical Communications Through the Shuttle Window (OCTW), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) Calibration Test, Auroral Photography Experiment (APE)-B, Bioserve-Instrumentation Technology Associates Materials Dispersion Apparatus (BIMDA)-02, Investigations Into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP)-03, Protein Crystal Growth Ill Block Il, Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS), Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE)-02, Tank Pressure Control Experiment (TPCE).

Orbits of Earth: 142. Distance traveled: 5,955,216 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 117,653 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 89,235 kg. Payload to Orbit: 21,265 kg. Payload Returned: 4,192 kg. Landed at: Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Landing Speed: 376 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 605 m. Landing Rollout: 3,014 m.

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: STS-43 (42)
Atlantis (9)
Pad 39-A (41)
42nd Shuttle mission
9th Flight OV-104
Scheduled KSC landing
8th KSC landing

Crew:
John E. Blaha (3), Commander
Michael A. Baker (1), Pilot
Shannon W. Lucid (3), Mission Specialist 1
James C. Adamson (2), Mission Specialist2
G. David Low (2), Mission Specialist 3

Milestones:
OPF - April 19,1991
VAB - June 19,1991
PAD - June 25,1991

Payload:
TDRS-E,SSBUV-03,SHARE-II,OCTW-01,TPCE
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
August 2,1991, 11:01:59 a.m. EDT. Launch originally set for July 23, but was moved to July 24 to allow time to replace a faulty integrated electronics assembly that controls orbiter/external tank separation. Mission postponed again about five hours before liftoff on July 24 due to a faulty main engine controller on number three main engine. Controller replaced and retested; launch reset for Aug. 1. Liftoff set for 11:01 a.m. delayed due to cabin pressure vent valve reading and postponed at 12:28 p.m. due to unacceptable return-to-launch site weather conditions. Launch reset for Aug. 2. Launch Weight: 259,374 lbs.
Orbit:
Altitude: 174nm
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Orbits: 142
Duration: 8 days, 21 hours, 21 minutes, 25 seconds.
Distance: 3,700,400 miles

Hardware:
SRB: BI-045
SRM: 360L017
ET : 47/LWT-40
MLP : 1
SSME-1: SN-2024
SSME-2: SN-2012
SSME-3: SN-2028

Landing:
August 11, 1991, 8:23:25 a.m. EDT, Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rollout distance: 9,890 feet. Rollout time: 60 seconds. First landing scheduled at KSC since 61-C in January 1986 (which was diverted to Edwards). Landing Weight: 196,088 lbs.

Mission Highlights:
Primary payload, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-5 (TDRS-5) attached to an inertial Upper Stage (I US), deployed about six hours into flight, and IUS propelled satellite into geosynchronous orbit; TDRS-5 becomes fourth member of orbiting TDRS cluster. Secondary payloads were Space Station Heat Pipe Advanced Radiator Element II (SHARE II); Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultra-Violet (SSBUV) instrument; Tank Pressure Control Equipment (TPCE) and Optical Communications Through Windows (OCTW). Other experiments included Auroral Photography Experiment (APE-B) Protein Crystal Growth Ill (PCG Ill); Bioserve / Instrumentation Technology Associates Materials Dispersion Apparatus (BIMDA); Investigations Into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP); Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS); Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE); Ultraviolet Plume imager (UVPI); and the Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.


More at: STS-43.

Family: Manned spaceflight. People: Adamson, Baker, Mike, Blaha, Low, Lucid. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Projects: STS. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral. Agency: NASA, NASA Houston.

1991 August 2 - . 15:02 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-43 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Adamson, Baker, Mike, Blaha, Low, Lucid. Payload: Atlantis F09 / TDRS 5 [IUS]. Mass: 21,265 kg (46,881 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Adamson, Baker, Mike, Blaha, Low, Lucid. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-43. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 8.89 days. Decay Date: 1991-08-11 . USAF Sat Cat: 21638 . COSPAR: 1991-054A. Apogee: 306 km (190 mi). Perigee: 301 km (187 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.60 min.

    Manned five crew. Deployed TDRS 5 satellite. Payloads: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-E/lnertial Upper Stage (lUS), Space Station Heatpipe Advanced Radiator Element (SHARE)-ll, Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet (SSBUV) instrument 03, Optical Communications Through the Shuttle Window (OCTW), Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) Calibration Test, Auroral Photography Experiment (APE)-B, Bioserve-lnstrumentation Technology Associates Materials Dispersion Apparatus (BlMDA)-02, Investigations Into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP)-03, Protein Crystal Growth Ill Block Il, Space Acceleration Measure-ment System (SAMS), Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE)-02, Tank Pressure Control Experiment (TPCE).


1991 August 3 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: Back in the High Life - . Flight: STS-43. "Back in the High Life" by Steve Winwood.

1991 August 4 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: Dances With Wolves - . Flight: STS-43. "Dances With Wolves" soundtrack for James Adamson who is from Montana.

1991 August 6 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: Phantom of the Opera - . Flight: STS-43. "Phantom of the Opera" by the Clear Lake High School Orchestra. Commander John Blaha's daughter, Caroline, plays in the orchestra..

1991 August 7 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: What a Wonderful World - . Flight: STS-43. "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong.

1991 August 8 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: Cowboy in the Continental Suit - . Flight: STS-43. "Cowboy in the Continental Suit" by Chris LeDoux for country and western fan James Adamson.

1991 August 9 - .
  • STS-43 - Wakeup Song: Washington and Lee University fight song - . Flight: STS-43. "Washington and Lee University fight song" for graduate G. David Low.

1991 August 11 - .

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