Manned Flight n°: 124
Earth orbit Flight n°: 121
USA manned Flight n°: 59
Launch, orbit & landing data:
|Designation|| 19882 / 89021A|
|Launch date - time|| 13 Mar 1989 - 14:57:00 UT|
|Launch site|| KSC, LC39B|
|| Space Shuttle |
|Orbiter|| Discovery OV-103 / F08|
|Primary payload|| TDRS-4|
|Mass (kg)|| 17280 kg|
|Flight Crew|| Coats, Blaha, Buchli|
|Call Sign|| |
|Earth orbit on :|
| - Perigee / Apogee|| 297 x 308 km|
| - Inclination|| 28.5°|
| - Period|| 90.6 min|
|Landing date - time|| 18 Mar 1989 - 14:35:50 UT|
|Landing location|| Edwards AFB, Runway 22|
|Flight Duration (d:hr:min)|| 4d 23h 38m|
|Nbr orbits|| 80||
|| Michael Lloyd
||4d 23h 38m
|| John Elmer
||4d 23h 38m
|| James Philipp
||4d 23h 38m
|| James Frederick
||4d 23h 38m
|| Robert Clyde
||4d 23h 38m
STS-29 - STS-29 Discovery, OV-103, external tank (ET) separation
- Credit: NASA. 40,560 bytes. 481 x 481 pixels.|
Manned five crew. Deployed TDRS 4. Payloads: Deploy IUS (Inertial Upper Stage) with Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-D. Protein Crystal Growth (PCG); Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space; IMAX 70mm camera; Shuttle Student Involvement Project (SSIP) experiments: SSIP 82-8, Effects of Weightlessness in Space Flight on the Healing of Bone Fractures, and SSIP 83-9, Chicken Embryo Development in Space; Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) experiment.
|STS-29 - STS-29 Discovery, OV-103, crew on flight deck prepares for reentry - Credit: NASA. 46,354 bytes. 516 x 516 pixels.|
Orbits of Earth: 79. Distance traveled: 3,218,687 km. Orbiter Liftoff Mass: 116,281 kg. Orbiter Mass at Landing: 88,353 kg. Payload to Orbit: 17,280 kg. Payload Returned: 4,472 kg. Landed at: Concrete runway 22 at Edwards AFB, California. Landing Speed: 379 kph. Touchdown miss distance: 364 m. Landing Rollout: 2,846 m.
|STS-29 - STS-29 IUS with TDRS-D drifts above Earth's surface during post deployment - Credit: NASA. 17,477 bytes. 477 x 477 pixels.|
NASA Official Mission Narrative
Mission Name: STS-29 (28)
Pad 39-B (9)
28th Shuttle mission
8th Flight OV-103
Michael L. Coats (2), Commander
John E. Blaha (1), Pilot
James P. Bagian (1), Mission Specialist 1
James F. Buchli (3), Mission Specialist 2
Robert C. Springer (1), Mission Specialist 3
|STS-29 - STS-29 IUS with TDRS-D after deployment from Discovery, OV-103 - Credit: NASA. 2,940 bytes. 187 x 187 pixels.|
OPF - Oct 9, 1988
VAB - Jan. 23, 1989
PAD - Feb. 3, 1989
March 13, 1989,9:57:00 a.m. EST. Launch manifested Feb. 18 reassessed for late February/early March launch to replace suspect liquid oxygen turbopumps on Discovery's three main engines and faulty master events controller. Launch March 13 delayed one hour, 50 minutes due to morning ground fog and upper winds. Launch Weight: 256,357 lbs.
Inclination: 28.5 degrees
Duration: 4 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, 52 seconds.
Distance: 2,000,000 miles (approx)
|STS-29 - STS-29 onboard view of sunglint over Earth - Credit: NASA. 21,211 bytes. 626 x 626 pixels.|
ET : 36/LWT-29
MLP : 2
March 18, 1989, 6:35:51 s.m. PST, Runway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 9,339 feet. Rollout time: 53 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC March 24,1989. Landing Weight: 194,789 lbs.
|STS-29 - STS-29 Pilot Blaha with SE83-9 "Chix in Space" incubator on OV-103's middeck - Credit: NASA.|
Primary payload, Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-4 (TDRS-4) attached to an Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), became third TDRS deployed. After deployment, IUS propelled satellite to geosynchronous orbit. Secondary payloads: Orbiter Experiments Autonomous Supporting Instrumentation System-1 (OASIS-1); Space Station Heat Pipe Advanced Radiator Experiment (SHARE); Protein Crystal Growth (PCG); Chromosomes and Plant Cell Division (CHROMEX); two Shuttle Student Involvement Program (SSIP) experiments; and Air Force experiment using orbiter as calibration target for ground-based experiment for Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) in Hawaii. Crew also photographed Earth with hand held IMAX camera.
STS-29 - STS-29 Pilot Blaha has blood flow checked by MS Bagian
on OV-103's middeck - Credit: NASA. |
- Jan 30, 1989: Space Shuttle Discovery was moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building
last week for mating to its booster rockets.
- Feb 7, 1989: Space Shuttle Discovery was moved to Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space
Center last week. Repairs to the main engines are continuing
and the launch is scheduled for March 10.
- Space Shuttle Mission STS-29 was launched on Mar 13, 1989 at 1457 UT from Launch
Complex 39-B, Kennedy Space Center. Orbiter OV-103 'Discovery' is
carrying out experiments on the effects of free fall on living
organisms, and testing components being designed for use on the Space Station.
- Space Shuttle Mission STS-29 ended on Mar 18 with the landing of
Discovery on concrete RW 22 at Edwards.
- Deploying of communications satellite TDRS-D; different scientific
work in biology, crew also photographed Earth with hand-held IMAX camera.
Ref.: #1, #7(JR1-8), #8, #16 - update: 08.09.11