STS-51J

USA


Manned Flight n: 111

Earth orbit Flight n: 108

USA manned Flight n: 52


Launch, orbit & landing data:

Designation 16115 / 85092A
Launch date - time 03 Oct 1985 - 15:15:30 UT
Launch site KSC, LC39A
Launch vehicle  Space Shuttle
Orbiter Atlantis OV-104 (#1)
Primary payload DSCS III B-4 & B-5
Mass (kg) 
Call Sign 
Earth orbit on :
   - Perigee / Apogee  km
   - Inclination 28.5°
   - Period  min
Landing date - time 07 Oct 1985 - 17:00:08 UT
Landing location Edwards AFB, Runway 23
Flight Duration (d:hr:min) 4d 01h 44m
Nbr orbits 64

First flight "Atlantis" Space Shuttle.

Flight Crew

Nr. Surname Given name Job Duration
1  Bobko  Karol Joseph  CDR 4d 01h 44m 
2  Grabe  Ronald John  PLT 4d 01h 44m 
3  Hilmers  David Carl  MSP 4d 01h 44m 
4  Stewart  Robert Lee  MSP 4d 01h 44m 
5  Pailes  William Arthur  MSE 4d 01h 44m 

Mission details:

Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC); landing on Edwards AFB; SDI-mission of Space Shuttle; Pailes second military astronaut; deploying of two military communications satellites (DSCS III); first flight of orbiter Atlantis.

03 October 1985 15:21 GMT. Duration: 4.07 days. Call Sign: Atlantis. LV Configuration: STS-28 (51-J). Payload: Atlantis F01 / DSCS-3 2 / DSCS-3 3 [IUS]. Perigee: 476 km. Apogee: 486 km. Inclination: 28.5 deg. Period: 94.2 min.
STS-51-J STS-51-J - Astronaut Ronald Grabe in the single systems trainer - Credit: NASA.

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).


STS-51-JSTS-51-J - Liftoff of first flight of Atlantis and the STS 51-J mission - Credit: NASA.

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


STS-51-JSTS-51-J - Landing of the Shuttle Atlantis and the end of the STS 51-J mission - Credit: NASA. 21,063 bytes. 601 x 601 pixels.

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


STS-51-JSTS-51-J - Landing of the Shuttle Atlantis and the end of the STS 51-J mission - Credit: NASA. 31,174 bytes. 399 x 399 pixels.

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.


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