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Shuttle Challenger
Specifications | Achievements | Photos


Shuttle Challenger


Shuttle Challenger Specifications
Primary Function: Orbiter Vehicle (OV-99) -- destroyed in explosion Jan 28, 1986
Contractor: Various; Rockwell Internationalís Space Transportation Systems Division
Crew: Up to eight
Unit Cost: N/A
Powerplant
  Three main engines running on liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen propellant, rated at 512,950 lb thrust each; two solid, reusable rocket boosters rated at 3,300,000 lb each at launch, running on aluminum powder, iron oxide, and ammonium perchlorate powder.
Dimensions
Length: 121 ft
Wingspan: 78 ft
Height: 57 ft
Weights
Empty: 155,400 lb (70,489 kg)
With main engines: 175,111 lb (79,430 kg)
Performance
Speed: 17,500 mph -- typical orbit
Ceiling: N/A
Range: N/A
Armament
  N/A


Shuttle Challenger Achievements
  • Shuttle Challenger completed 987 Earth orbits over 69 days in space.
  • Shuttle Challenger was the first orbiter to launch and land at night.
  • Shuttle Challenger was the first orbiter used to make on-orbit satellite repairs.


Shuttle Challenger Photos
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