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STS-71-D


Crew: Wood Robert. Planned shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Cancelled after Challenger disaster. Backup crew: Walker.

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

First Launch: 1987 February.

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Associated People
  • Walker Walker, Charles David (1948-) American engineer payload specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-41-D, STS-51-D, STS-61-B. More...
  • Wood, Robert Wood, Robert Jackson (1957-2009) American physicist payload specialist astronaut, 1985-1986. 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-71-D Chronology


1987 February - .
  • STS-71-D (cancelled) - . Crew: Wood, Robert. Backup Crew: Walker. Payload: Communications satellites. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wood, Robert; Walker. Program: STS. Flight: STS-71-D. Spacecraft: Columbia. Summary: Planned shuttle mission for deployment of commercial communications satellites. Cancelled after Challenger disaster. .

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