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STS-61-H


Crew: Coats, Blaha, Springer, Buchli, Fisher, Sudarmono Pratiwi, Wood Nigel. Planned shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Cancelled after Challenger disaster. Backup crew: Akbar, Farrimond.

Planned shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Cancelled after Challenger disaster.

First Launch: 1986 June.

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Associated People
  • Springer Springer, Robert Clyde 'Bob' (1942-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-29, STS-38. US Marine Corps. Flew 550 combat missions in Southeast Asia. Grew up in Ashland, Ohio. More...
  • Blaha Blaha, John Elmer (1942-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-29, STS-33, STS-43, STS-58, Mir NASA-2. Flew 361 combat missions in Vietnam. More...
  • Buchli Buchli, James Frederick 'Jim' (1945-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-51-C, STS-61-A, STS-29, STS-48. Grew up in Fargo, North Dakota. More...
  • Coats Coats, Michael Lloyd 'Mike' (1946-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-41-D, STS-29, STS-39. Flew 315 combat missions in Vietnam. More...
  • Farrimond Farrimond, Richard Alfred (1947-) British engineer payload specialist astronaut, 1984-1986. More...
  • Wood, Nigel Wood, Nigel Richard (1949-) British engineer payload specialist astronaut, 1984-1986. More...
  • Fisher Fisher, Dr Anna Lee Tingle (1949-) American physician mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-51-A. First mother in space. Was married to astronaut William Fisher. Took extended leave 1989 to 1996 to raise family. More...
  • Akbar Akbar, Taufik (1951-) Indonesian engineer payload specialist astronaut, 1985-1986. More...
  • Sudarmono, Pratiwi Sudarmono, Pratiwi Pujilestari (1952-) Indonesian biologist payload specialist astronaut, 1985-1985. Microbiologist. Later research scientist at the University of Dyakarta. Advisor for Bandung Institute of Technology. More...

See also
Associated Programs
  • STS The Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) was conceived originally as a completely reusable system that would provide cheap, routine access to space and replace all American and civilian military launch vehicles. Crippled by technological overreach, political compromise, and budget limitations, it instead ended up costing more than the expendable rockets it was to have replaced. STS sucked the money out of all other NASA projects for half a century. The military abandoned its use after the Challenger shuttle explosion in the 1980's. More...

STS-61-H Chronology


1986 June - .
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