SBS-3 with PAM-D stage.jpg
The SBS 3 satellite with attached PAM-D motor is deployed from Columbia
Mission typeSatellite deployment
COSPAR ID1982-110A
SATCAT no.13650
Mission duration5 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes, 26 seconds
Distance travelled3,397,082 kilometers (2,110,849 mi)
Orbits completed81
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSpace Shuttle Columbia
Launch mass112,088 kilograms (247,112 lb)
Landing mass91,841 kilograms (202,475 lb)
Payload mass14,551 kilograms (32,079 lb)
Crew size4
Start of mission
Launch date11 November 1982, 12:19:00 (1982-11-11UTC12:19Z) UTC
Launch siteKennedy LC-39A
End of mission
Landing date16 November 1982, 14:33:26 (1982-11-16UTC14:33:27Z) UTC
Landing siteEdwards Runway 22
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude294 kilometers (183 mi)
Apogee altitude317 kilometers (197 mi)
Inclination28.5 degrees
Period90.5 minutes
Epoch13 November 1982[1]
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L-R Allen, Brand, Overmyer, Lenoir
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STS-5 was the fifth NASA Space Shuttle mission and the fifth flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It launched on 11 November 1982 and landed five days later on 16 November. STS-5 was the first shuttle mission to deploy communications satellites into orbit, and the first officially "operational" shuttle mission.


Position Astronaut
Commander Vance D. Brand
Second spaceflight
Pilot Robert F. Overmyer
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Joseph P. Allen
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 William B. Lenoir
Only spaceflight

Support crew

Crew seating arrangements

Seat[2] Launch Landing STS-121 seating assignments.png
Seats 1–4 are on the Flight Deck. Seats 5–7 are on the Middeck.
S1 Brand Brand
S2 Overmyer Overmyer
S4 Lenoir Allen
S5 Allen Lenoir

Mission summary

Columbia launched on schedule from Kennedy Space Center (KSC) at 7:19 am EST, 11 November 1982. The shuttle carried a crew of four – the largest spacecraft crew up to that time – and the first two commercial communications satellites to be flown aboard a shuttle.

The commercial satellites were deployed successfully and subsequently propelled into their operational geosynchronous orbits by McDonnell Douglas PAM-D kickmotors. The two satellites were SBS 3, owned by Satellite Business Systems, and Anik C3, owned by Telesat Canada; both were Hughes-built HS-376-series satellites. In addition, STS-5 carried a West German-sponsored microgravity GAS experiment canister in the payload bay. The crew also conducted three student-designed experiments during the flight.

Lenoir and Allen were to perform a spacewalk, the first of the Shuttle program, to test newly developed space suits. The space suits were developed as cheaper and less complicated alternatives to the Apollo versions. The test was delayed by one day due to Lenoir succumbing to motion sickness.[3] Then a poorly functioning oxygen regulator in Lenoir's suit and a broken recirculation fan in Allen's caused them to cancel the extravehicular activity (EVA) entirely.[4] It was the first time in the history of the space program that an EVA had been cancelled due to space suit issues.[5]

Columbia landed on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base on 16 November 1982, at 6:33 am PST, having traveled 2 million miles in 81 orbits during a mission that lasted 5 days, 2 hours, 14 minutes and 26 seconds.[6] Columbia was returned to KSC on 22 November 1982. STS-5 was the first shuttle flight in which the crew did not wear pressure suits for the launch, reentry, and landing portions of the flight, similar to the Soviet Voskhod and Soyuz missions prior to the ill-fated Soyuz 11 mission in 1971.

Operational status

The shuttle was formally declared "operational" after STS-4. However, the Columbia Accident Investigation Board (CAIB), in its report on the loss with all crew aboard of Columbia during STS-107 in 2003, asserted that the orbiter should never have been considered operational and that, while not intrinsically unsafe, it was in fact an experimental vehicle. The CAIB's rationale was that civilian and military aircraft that are considered operational must have been tested and proven over thousands of safe flights in their final operational configurations, whereas the shuttle had conducted under 200 flights, with continuous modification. NASA operated the Space Shuttle as an experimental vehicle for the remainder of the program.[7]

Mission insignia

The five points of the blue star of the mission patch indicate the flight's numerical designation in the Space Transportation System's mission sequence.[citation needed]

Wake-up calls

NASA began a tradition of playing music to astronauts during the Gemini program, and first used music to wake up a flight crew during Apollo 15. Each track is specially chosen, often by the astronauts' families, and usually has a special meaning to an individual member of the crew, or is applicable to their daily activities.[8]

Flight Day Song Artist/Composer
Day 2 "76 Trombones" The Music Man
Day 3 "Cotton Eyed Joe"
Day 4 "Marine Hymn" United States Marine Band
Day 5 "The Stroll" The Diamonds/Clyde Otis
Day 6 "Take Me Home, Country Roads" John Denver

See also


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ McDowell, Jonathan. "SATCAT". Jonathan's Space Pages. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  2. ^ "STS-5". Spacefacts. Retrieved 26 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Suit Failures Scuttle Walks in Space". LNP Always Lancaster. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. p. 2 – via
  4. ^ "Shuttle's 'Can Deliver' Crew Grilled". Fort Lauderdale News. Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 17 November 1982. p. 3 – via
  5. ^ "$2 Million Space Suit Fails Its First Test". LNP Always Lancaster. Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Associated Press. p. 2 – via
  6. ^ "Shuttle Crew Back in Houston". The Town Talk. Alexandria, Louisiana. 17 November 1982. p. 2 – via
  7. ^ "Columbia Accident Investigation Board" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  8. ^ Fries, Colin (25 June 2007). "Chronology of Wakeup Calls" (PDF). NASA. Retrieved 13 August 2007.

External links

  • STS-5 mission summary. NASA.
  • STS-5 video highlights. NSS.