Space Shuttle Columbia / OV-102 | STS-3

Rockwell International launch of a Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 Rocket

Launch Status
Success

Rockwell International was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 rocket as part of the STS-3 mission. The launch window for the Test Flight mission was on Mon, Mar 22nd, 1982, 11:00 AM EST from Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102 and experience the excitement for yourself.

Crew

Jack R. Lousma

Jack R. Lousma

Commander - American

Jack Robert Lousma is an American aeronautical engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former naval aviator, NASA astronaut, and politician. He was a member of the second manned crew on the Skylab space station in 1973. In 1982, he commanded STS-3, the third Space Shuttle mission.

C. Gordon Fullerton

C. Gordon Fullerton

Pilot - American

Charles Gordon Fullerton was a United States Air Force colonel, a USAF and NASA astronaut, and a research pilot at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Facility, Edwards, California.[1] His assignments included a variety of flight research and support activities piloting NASA's B-52 launch aircraft, the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA), and other multi-engine and high performance aircraft. Fullerton, who logged more than 380 hours in space flight, was a NASA astronaut from September 1969 until November 1986 when he joined the research pilot office at Dryden. In July 1988, he completed a 30-year career with the U.S. Air Force and retired as a colonel. He continued in his position of NASA research pilot as a civilian. Fullerton and his wife and their two children lived in Lancaster, California.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Columbia OV-102

Space Shuttle Columbia was the first space-rated orbiter in NASA's Space Shuttle fleet. It launched for the first time on mission STS-1 on April 12, 1981, the first flight of the Space Shuttle program. Over 22 years of service it completed 27 missions before disintegrating during re-entry near the end of its 28th mission, STS-107 on February 1, 2003, resulting in the deaths of all seven crew members.

Rockwell International