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STS-51-J

STS-51-J
Astronaut Ronald Grabe in the single systems trainer
Credit: NASA

First flight of shuttle Atlantis. Military mission, Deployed USA-11, USA-12.

AKA: Atlantis. Launched: 1985-10-03. Returned: 1985-10-07. Number crew: 5 . Duration: 4.07 days.

Orbits of Earth: 63. Landed at: Runway 23 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Touchdown miss distance: 754.00 m. Landing Rollout: 2,455.00 m. Payloads: Classified DoD Mission - Record altitude (as of 5/93).

NASA Official Mission Narrative

Mission Name: 51-J (21)
Atlantis (1)
Pad 39-A (33)
21st Shuttle mission
1st Flight OV-104

Crew:
Karol J. Bobko (3), Commander
Ronald J. Grabe (1), Pilot
David C. Hilmers (1), Mission Specialist 1
Robert L. Stewart (2), Mission Specialist 2
William A. Pailes (1), Payload Specialist 1

Milestones:
OPF - April 14, 1985
VAB - May 10, 1985
(storage)
OPF - May 28, 1985
VAB - July 18, 1985
(storage)
OPF - July 30, 1985
VAB - Aug. 12, 1985
PAD - Aug. 30, 1985

Payload:
DoD(2)
Mission Objectives:

Launch:
October 3, 1985, 11:15:30 am EDT. Launch delayed 22 minutes, 30 seconds due to main engine liquid hydrogen prevalve close remote power controller showing faulty 'on' indication. Launch Weight: Classified.
Orbit:
Altitude: 319nm
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Orbits: 64
Duration: 4 days, 1 hour, 44 minutes, 38 seconds.
Distance: 1,725,000 miles

Hardware:
SRB: BI-021
SRM: L021(HPM)
ET : 25/LWT-18
MLP : 2
SSME-1: SN-2011
SSME-2: SN-2019
SSME-3: SN-2017

Landing:
October 7,1985,10:00:08 a.m. PDT, Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 8,056 feet. Rollout time: 65 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC Oct. 11,1985. Landing Weight: 190,400 lbs.

Mission Highlights:
Second mission dedicated to Department of Defense.


More at: STS-51-J.

Family: Manned spaceflight. People: Bobko, Grabe, Hilmers, Pailes, Stewart. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Projects: STS. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral. Agency: NASA, NASA Houston.
Photo Gallery

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Lift-off of first flight of Atlantis and the STS 51-J mission
Credit: NASA


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Landing of the Shuttle Atlantis and the end of the STS 51-J mission
Credit: NASA


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Landing of the Shuttle Atlantis and the end of the STS 51-J mission
Credit: NASA



1985 October 3 - . 15:15 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. Launch Platform: MLP2. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-51-J - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Bobko, Grabe, Hilmers, Pailes, Stewart. Payload: Atlantis F01 / DSCS-3 2 / DSCS-3 3 [IUS]. Mass: 115,900 kg (255,500 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bobko, Grabe, Hilmers, Pailes, Stewart. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-51-J. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 4.07 days. Decay Date: 1985-10-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 16115 . COSPAR: 1985-092A. Apogee: 486 km (301 mi). Perigee: 476 km (295 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 94.20 min.

    Manned five crew. Atlantis (first flight); deployed USA 11, USA 12. Reusable space transportation system.

    Orbits of Earth: 63. Landed at: Runway 23 dry lake bed at Edwards Air Force Base, . Touchdown miss distance: 754.00 m. Landing Rollout: 2,455.00 m. Payloads: Classified DoD Mission - Record altitude (as of 5/93).


1985 October 7 - .

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