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STS-62-A was a planned Space Shuttle mission to deliver a reconnaissance payload into polar orbit. It was expected to use Discovery. It would have been the first manned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.

The mission designation, 62-A, meant: 6=fiscal year 1986, 2=Vandenberg (1=Kennedy Space Center), and A=first flight in that fiscal year.

The destruction of Challenger and subsequent halt of the Space Shuttle Program led to the cancellation of the mission.

G. Gardner, Ross and Mullane were members of the second post-Challenger mission STS-27—a classified mission for the DoD—during which the Lacrosse-1 radar reconnaissance spacecraft was allegedly deployed.

Space Launch Complex-6 (SLC-6, nicknamed “Slick Six”) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California is a launch pad and support area. It was originally designed for the launching of the Titan III in support of the cancelled Manned Orbiting Laboratory, and was later rebuilt for the Space Shuttle, which also never used it due to budget, safety and political considerations. It was subsequently used briefly by Athena rockets, before being remodified to support the Delta IV family of unmanned launchers, which have used the pad since 2006. Launches from SLC-6 fly southward into a polar orbit, not eastward as is typical of launches from Florida.

KH-11 KENNAN, renamed CRYSTAL in 1982 and also referenced by the codenames 1010, and “Key Hole”, is a type of reconnaissance satellite launched by the American National Reconnaissance Office since December 1976. Manufactured by Lockheed in Sunnyvale, California, the KH-11 was the first American spy satellite to utilize electro-optical digital imaging, and create a real-time optical observation capability. Are in either of two standard planes in Sun-synchronous orbits. As shadows help to discern ground features, satellites in a standard plane east of a noon/midnight orbit observe the ground at local afternoon hours, while satellites in a western plane observe the ground at local morning hours. Historically launches have therefore been timed to occur either about two hours before or one hour after local noon (or midnight), respectively.

Launch: 15 July 1986 18:00 UTC
Inclination: 97.0000°
Launch azimuth: 184.0000°
Orbit: 250 x 360 km
Period: 90 min 29 sec

Duration : 0:3:42


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4 Responses to “STS-62-A: the Polar Express – Orbiter Space Flight Simulator”

  1. nakazatoGTR

    nice camera work
    nice camera work

  2. superotherguy1

    I feel like shuttle …
    I feel like shuttle fleet is a little outdated, especially the effects. Not so thrilled that you need a fresh Orbiter 2010 for it to run. I know the Directx 9 client doesn’t work for shuttle fleet but have you ever tried it? Earth from orbit still looks amazing! Still cant get mine looking like that =[

  3. NLSpace

    Nice to see a video …
    Nice to see a video from you again!
    -IronRain-

  4. FelipiNASA2

    Amazing!!! I love …
    Amazing!!! I love your videos!!!

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