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Status

Success

STS-41-D

Launch Time
Thu Aug 30, 1984 12:41 UTC
The first flight of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery
NASA
Status: Retired
Price: $450.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 30,250 kN
Payload to LEO: 27,500 kg
Payload to GTO: 3,810 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 2
Rocket Height: 56.1 m

Vehicles

OV-103

Flight #1
White Sands Runway 17

Mission Details

STS-41-D

Discovery's primary cargo consisted of three commercial communications satellites: SBS-D for Satellite Business Systems, Telstar 3C for Telesat of Canada, and Syncom IV-2, or Leasat-2, a Hughes-built satellite leased to the US Navy. Leasat-2 was the first large communications satellite designed specifically to be deployed from the Space Shuttle. All three satellites were deployed successfully and became operational.
Total Mass: 18,681 kg
Low Earth Orbit

Location

Stats

Space Shuttle

12th mission
12th successful mission