Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103 | STS-26

Lockheed Space Operations Company launch of a Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 Rocket

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Lockheed Space Operations Company was scheduled to launch a Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket as part of the STS-26 mission. The launch window for the Communications mission was on Thu, Sep 29th, 1988, 11:37 AM EDT from Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL. The status of the launch was Success. Don’t miss this exciting rocket launch! Watch the launch video of the Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 and experience the excitement for yourself.



STS-26 was the twenty-sixth space shuttle mission and the seventh flight of the orbiter Discovery. It was the return to flight mission after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. It was the first to have all of its crew members wear pressure suits for launch and landing since STS-4 and the first mission with bailout capability since STS-4. It was also the first all-veteran crew mission since Apollo-11 with all of its crew having flown at least on prior mission.


Launch Complex 39B, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

United Space Alliance

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.


George Nelson

George Nelson

Mission Specialist - American

George Driver "Pinky" Nelson is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

Richard O. Covey

Richard O. Covey

Pilot - American

Richard Oswalt Covey is a retired United States Air Force officer and former NASA astronaut.

John M. Lounge

John M. Lounge

Mission Specialist - American

ohn Michael "Mike" Lounge was an American engineer, a United States Navy officer, a Vietnam War veteran, and a NASA astronaut. A veteran of three Space Shuttle flights, Lounge logged over 482 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on STS-51-I (1985) and STS-26 (1988) and was the flight engineer on STS-35 (1990).


Frederick "Rick" Hauck

Commander - American

Frederick Hamilton "Rick" Hauck is a retired Captain in the United States Navy, a former fighter pilot and NASA astronaut. He piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-7 and commanded STS-51-A and STS-26.

David Hilmers

David Hilmers

Mission Specialist - American

David Carl Hilmers is a former NASA astronaut. Hilmers was selected a NASA astronaut in July 1980, and completed the initial training period in August 1981. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 493 hours in space.

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