51-G (18)

Pad 39-A (30)
18th Shuttle mission
5th Flight OV-103


Daniel C. Brandenstein (2), Commander
John O. Creighton (1), Pilot
Shannon W. Lucid (1), Mission Specialist 1
John M. Fabian (2), Mission Specialist 2
Steven R. Nagel (1), Mission Specialist 3
Patrick Baudry (1), Payload Specialist 1
Sultan Salman Al-Saud (1), Payload Specialist 2


OPF - April 19, 1985
VAB - May 29, 1985
PAD - June 4,1985



Mission Objectives:

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Jun. 17,1985,7:33:00 a.m, EDT. Launch proceeded as scheduled with no delays. Launch Weight: 256,524 lbs.


Altitude: 209nm
Inclination: 28.45 degrees
Orbits: 112
Duration: Seven days, one hour, 38 minutes, 52 seconds.
Distance: 2,916,127 miles


SRB: BI-019
SRM: M018(HPM)
ET : 20/LWT-13
MLP : 1
SSME-1: SN-2109
SSME-2: SN-2018
SSME-3: SN-2012


June 24, 1985, 6:11:52 a.m. PDT, Runway 23, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Rollout distance: 7,433 feet. Rollout time: 42 seconds. Orbiter returned to KSC June 28, 1985. Landing Weight: 204,169 lbs

Mission Highlights:

Three communications satellites, all attached to Payload Assist Module-D (PAM-D) motors, were deployed: MORE LOS-A, for Mexico; ARABSAT-A, for Arab Satellite Communications Organization; and TELSTAR-3D, for AT&T. Also flown: deployable/retrievable Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN-1); six Get Away Special canisters; Strategic Defense Initiative experiment called the High Precision Tracking Experiment (HPTE); a materials processing furnace called Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (ADSF); and two French biomedical experiments.

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