June 15, 1989
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration unveiled a revised shuttle launch schedule, formally pushing the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope into 1990 and cutting the 1989 flight schedule by one mission. As expected, the new shuttle schedule lists six flights in 1989, nine flights in 1990, eight in 1991, 12 in 1992, including the first flight of the new shuttle Endeavour, and 14 in 1993.
August 15, 1986 |
President Reagan today gave NASA permission to build a new $2.8-billion space shuttle to replace the destroyed Challenger, and his spokesman said NASA will no longer launch commercial satellites. The spokesman, Larry Speakes, said that in putting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration out of the commercial launch business, the government will encourage development of a private rocket industry.
April 5, 1986 |
Columbia, flagship of the U.S. space shuttle fleet, will be ferried to Vandenberg Air Force Base later this year to be used in testing new shuttle launch facilities, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Friday. The 100-ton orbiter, first flown in space nearly five years ago, will be hauled across the country in July by NASA's modified Boeing 747 transport plane and will remain at the new shuttle launch complex through early November.
July 29, 1986 |
The Air Force has decided to put its $3.3-billion space shuttle launch complex at Vandenberg Air Force Base in mothballs, meaning that no shuttle launches will take place on the West Coast for "an extended period of time," congressional and Pentagon sources said Monday. Before the Challenger disaster last January, the first Air Force shuttle had been scheduled to lift off from the California site this month, beginning routine shuttle launches of secret reconnaissance satellites into polar orbit.
September 12, 1985 |
Atlantis, the newest space shuttle, roared and blasted flame for 22 seconds on the launch pad today in a successful test of its rocket engines that cleared the way for its maiden flight with a secret military cargo Oct. 3. The engine firing was to verify that all systems on the fourth shuttle in NASA's fleet were operable before its debut with a crew of five military officers.
March 6, 1985 |
Sen. Jake Garn (R-Utah) will be going up in space this month after all. The National Aeronautics and Space Agency today announced a new crew that includes Garn, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that oversees NASA's annual budget, to fly the shuttle Discovery around March 29 on a revised mission.