Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 – Lockheed Space Operations Company Family: Space Shuttle meters Length: 38.1 meters Diameter: 8.4 meters Launch Mass: 2040 Low Earth Orbit Capacity: 24400 The Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 was manufactured by Lockheed Space Operations Company with the first launch on 1983-04-04. Space Shuttle Challenger OV-099 has 9 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 10 launches. Space Shuttle Challenger was the second orbiter of NASA’s space shuttle program to be put into service following Columbia. Its maiden flight, STS-6, started on April 4, 1983. It launched and landed nine times before breaking apart 73 seconds into its tenth mission, STS-51-L, on January 28, 1986, resulting in the death of all seven crew members, including a civilian school teacher. It was the first of two shuttles to be destroyed in flight, the other being Columbia in 2003. Manufacturer Lockheed Space Operations Company is a Commercial USA entity that was founded in and is administered by . Lockheed Space Operations Company has 9 successful launches and 1 failed launches with a total of 10 launches.