- Endeavour (1)
- Pad 39-B (19)
- 47th Shuttle Mission
- 1st Flight OV-105
- Daniel C. Brandenstein (4), Commander
- Kevin P. Chilton (1), Pilot
- Pierre J. Thuot (2), Mission Specialist 1
- Kathryn C. Thornton (2), Mission Specialist 2
- Richard J. Hieb (2), Mission Specialist 3
- Thomas D. Akers (2), Mission Specialist 4
- Bruce E. Melnick (2), Mission Specialist 5
- OnDock KSC: 5-7-91
- VAB: 5-8-91 to complete mfg.
- OPF: 7-25-91 to begin processing for STS-49
- VAB: 3-7-92
- PAD: 3-13-92
- INTELSAT-VI-RESCUE, ASEM, CPGC, UVPI, AMOS
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- May 7, 1992, 7:40 p.m. EDT. First flight of orbiter Endeavour.
Launch originally scheduled for May 4 at 8:34 p.m. EDT, but was
moved to May 7 for an earlier launch window opening at 7:O6 p.m.
EDT which provided better lighting conditions for photographic
documentation of vehicle behavior during the launch phase. Launch
delayed 34 minutes due to TAL site weather conditions.
Launch Weight: 256,597 lbs.
- Altitude: 195 nm
- Inclination: 28.35 degrees
- Orbits: 141
- Duration: 8 days, 21 hours, 17 minutes, 38 seconds.
- Distance: 3,696,019 miles
- ET :
- MLP :
- SSME-1: SN-2035
- SSME-2: SN-2033
- SSME-3: SN-2034
- SRB: BI-050
- SRM: 360L022
- ET : 43/LWT-36
- MLP : 2
- SSME-1: SN-2030
- SSME-2: SN-2015
- SSME-3: SN-2017
- May 16, 1992, 6:57:38 p.m. EDT, Runway 22, EAFB, CA. Rollout
distance 9,49O feet, no braking. First use of a drag chute during
landing. Orbiter returned to KSC on May 30, 1992.
Landing Weight: 201,649 lbs.
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- INTELSAT VI (F-3) satellite, stranded in an unusable orbit since
launch aboard a Titan vehicle in March 199O, was captured by
crewmembers during an EVA (extravehicular activity) and equipped
with a new perigee kick motor. The Satellite was subsequently
released into orbit and the new motor fired to put the spacecraft
into a geosynchronous orbit for operational use.
- The capture required three EVAs: a planned one by astronaut
- Pierre J. Thuot and Richard J. Hieb who were unable to attach a capture
bar to the satellite from a position on the RMS; a second unscheduled
but identical attempt the following day; and finally an unscheduled but
successful hand capture by Pierre J. Thuot and fellow crewmen
- Richard J. Hieb and Thomas D. Akers as commander Daniel C. Brandenstein
delicately maneuvered the orbiter to within a few feet of the 4.5-ton
communications satellite. An ASEM structure was erected in the cargo
bay by the crew to serve as a platform to aid in the hand capture
and subsequent attachment of the capture bar.
- A planned EVA also was performed by astronauts Kathryn C. Thornton
and Thomas D. Akers as part of the Assembly of Station by EVA Methods
(ASEM) experiment to demonstrate and verify maintenance and assembly
capabilities for Space Station Freedom. The ASEM space walk,
originally scheduled for two successive days, was cut to one day
because of the lengthy INTELSAT retrieval operation.
- Other "payloads of opportunity" experiments conducted included:
Commercial Protein Crystal Growth (CPCG), Ultraviolet Plume
Imager (UVPI) and the Air Force Maui Optical Station (AMOS)
investigation. Mission was extended two days to complete objectives.
- The following records were set during the STS-49 mission:
- * First EVA involving three astronauts.
- * First and second longest EVA to date: 8 hours and 29
- minutes and 7 hours and 45 minutes.
- * First Shuttle mission to feature four EVAs.
- * EVA time for a single Shuttle mission: 25 hours and
- 27 minutes, or 59:23 person hours.
- * First Shuttle mission requiring three rendezvous with an
- orbiting spacecraft. attached a live rocket motor to an
- orbiting satellite.
- * First use of a-drag chute during a Shuttle landing.
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