AKA: Discovery. Launched: 1985-01-24. Returned: 1985-01-27. Number crew: 5 . Duration: 3.06 days.
Orbits of Earth: 48. Landed at: Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Landing Speed: 342 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 839.00 m. Landing Rollout: 2,240.00 m. Payloads: Department of Defence classified payloads.
NASA Official Mission Narrative
Mission Name: 51-C (15)
Pad 39-A (27)
15th Shuttle mission
3rd Flight OV-103
4th KSC landing
Thomas K. Mattingly II (3), Commander
Loren J. Shriver (1), Pilot
Ellison S. Onizuka (1), Mission Specialist 1
James F. Buchli (1), Mission Specialist 2
Gary E. Payton (1), Payload Specialist 1
OPF - Nov. 16,1984
VAB - Dec. 21, 1984
PAD - Jan. 5,1985
January 24, 1985, 2:50:00 p.m. EST. Launch Jan. 23 scrubbed due to freezing weather conditions. (Orbiter CHALLENGER scheduled for Mission 51-C, but thermal tile problems forced substitution of Discovery.) Launch Weight: 250,891 lbs
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: 3 days, 1 hour, 33 minutes, 23 seconds.
Distance: 1,250,000 miles
ET : 14/LWT-7
MLP : 1
January 27, 1985, 4:23:23 p.m. EST, Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rollout distance: 7,352 feet. Rollout time: 50 seconds. Landing Weight: classified.
First mission dedicated to Department of Defense. U.S. Air Force Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) booster deployed and met mission objectives.
Astronaut Ellison Onizuka eating with chopsticks on the middeck
Astronauts Onizuka and Shriver pose in middeck
Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka seated at commander's station
Landing of the shuttle Discovery at end of STS 51-C mission
Manned five crew. Deployed USA 8 (Aquacade ELINT spacecraft). Orbits of Earth: 48. Landed at: Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Landing Speed: 342 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 839.00 m. Landing Rollout: 2,240.00 m. Payloads: Department of Defence classified payloads.