STS-51-J

Space Shuttle Atlantis / OV-104

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Robert L. Stewart

Robert L. Stewart

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
5/10/1942 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Robert Lee Stewart is a retired brigadier general of the United States Army and a former NASA astronaut.

Karol J. Bobko

Karol J. Bobko

Commander

Status: Retired
12/23/1937 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Karol Joseph "Bo" Bobko is an American aerospace engineer, retired U.S. Air Force officer, test pilot, and a former USAF and NASA astronaut.

Ronald J. Grabe

Ronald J. Grabe

Pilot

Status: Retired
6/13/1945 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Ronald John Grabe is a former NASA astronaut.

He has earned the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Liethen-Tittle Award (for Outstanding Student at the USAF Test Pilot School), the Royal Air Force Cross, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and NASA Space Flight Medals.

David Hilmers

David Hilmers

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
1/28/1950 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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.

William A. Pailes

William A. Pailes

Payload Specialist

Status: Retired
6/26/1952 -
Nationality: American
Type: Payload Specialist
Agency: United States Air Force

William Arthur Pailes (Colonel, USAF) (born June 26, 1952) was a USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program during the mid-1980s. He served as a Payload Specialist on STS-51-J Atlantis (October 3–7, 1985).

Mission

STS-51-J

Type: Government/Top Secret

STS-51-J was the twenty-first space shuttle mission and the maiden flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. It was the second mission dedicated to deploying a Department of Defence payload. It was a classified mission however we do know that it deployed two 10 satellites.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

182 launches have been at this location.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launched: October 3, 1985

Constructed in 1985, Atlantis was the fourth operational and the second-to-last Space Shuttle built. Its maiden flight was STS-51-J in October of 1985. Atlantis embarked on its 33rd and final mission, also the final mission of a space shuttle, STS-135, on 8 July 2011.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis OV-104 rocket has been launched a total of 32 times with 32 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: LSOC
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Country: USA

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