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STS-51-G

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Launch Status
Success

Crew

John M. Fabian

John M. Fabian

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
1/28/1939 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/18/1983
Last Flight: 6/17/1985

John McCreary Fabian is a former NASA astronaut, Air Force officer, and director who flew two space shuttle missions and on the development of the shuttle's robotic arm. He later led the Air Force's space operations.

Daniel Brandenstein

Daniel Brandenstein

Commander

Status: Retired
1/17/1943 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/30/1983
Last Flight: 5/7/1992

Daniel Charles Brandenstein is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Space Alliance. He is a former Naval Aviator, test pilot and NASA astronaut, who flew four Space Shuttle missions.

John Oliver Creighton

John Oliver Creighton

Pilot

Status: Retired
4/28/1943 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/17/1985
Last Flight: 9/12/1991

John Oliver Creighton is a former NASA astronaut who flew three Space Shuttle missions.

Steven R. Nagel

Steven R. Nagel

Mission Specialist

Status: Deceased
10/27/1946 - 8/21/2014
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/17/1985
Last Flight: 4/26/1993

Steven Ray Nagel was an American astronaut, aeronautical and mechanical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot.

Shannon Lucid

Shannon Lucid

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
1/14/1943 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/17/1985
Last Flight: 3/22/1996

Shannon Matilda Wells Lucid is an American biochemist and a retired NASA astronaut. At one time, she held the record for the longest duration stay in space by an American, as well as by a woman. She has flown in space five times including a prolonged mission aboard the Mir space station in 1996; she is the only American woman to have served aboard Mir.

Patrick Baudry

Patrick Baudry

Payload Specialist

Status: Retired
3/6/1946 -
Nationality: French
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/17/1985
Last Flight: 6/17/1985

Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry (born March 6, 1946 in Cameroon), is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the French Air Force and a former CNES astronaut. In 1985, he became the second French citizen in space, after Jean-Loup Chrétien, when he flew aboard NASA's Space Shuttle mission STS-51-G.

Sultan bin Salman Al Saud

Sultan bin Salman Al Saud

Payload Specialist

Status: Retired
6/27/1956 -
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
Type: Non-Astronaut Passenger
First Flight: 6/17/1985
Last Flight: 6/17/1985

Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (born 27 June 1956) is a former Royal Saudi Air Force pilot who flew aboard the American STS-51-G Space Shuttle mission as a payload specialist, and a member of the House of Saud. He is thus the first member of a royal family to be an astronaut, and the first Arab and Muslim to fly in space.

Mission

STS-51-G

Type: Communications

STS-51-G was the eighteenth flight of the shuttle program and fifth for Space Shuttle Discovery. Sultan Salman Al Saud of Saudi Arabia was on board as a payload specialist; he became the first Arab, the first Muslim and first member of a royal family to fly into space. It was the first shuttle flight to fly without an astronaut from the pre-Shuttle era. Its mission was to deploy 3 10 satellites.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

185 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

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

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launch: August 30, 1984

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.

The Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket has been launched a total of 38 times with 38 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

Lockheed Space Operations Company

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: LSOC

Country: USA

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