The events on this day in history for our heritage companies are noted below:
The earliest event was in 1967, the latest event was in 2012
1996 – LAUNCH: STS-75 (Columbia), LC39B, KSC – 7 person crew, LM TSS-1R (tethered satellite) – TSS-1R (reflight) deployment was unsuccessful
2000 – LANDING: STS-99 (Endeavour), KSC
2010 – LANDING: STS-130 (Endeavour), KSC
Military and Classified Programs:
1967 – LAUNCH: Classified mission, Thor SLV-2A/Lockheed Agena D, SLC3W, VAFB
1978 – LAUNCH: GPS SVN1, GD Atlas F/SVS, SLC3E, VAFB – First NAVSTAR (GPS) satellite
Exploration and Interplanetary Programs:
Earth-Monitoring and Civil Weather Satellite programs:
Test, ICBM, FBM programs:
1992 – LAUNCH (4): Lockheed Trident D-5, SSBN736, ETR
2012 – LAUNCH (3): LM Trident D-5, SSBN735, WTR
The photos today are of the STS-75 launch, the crew and the start of deployment of TSS-1R, which failed to fully deploy.
STS-75 mission scientists hoped to deploy the tether to a distance of 20.7 kilometers (12.9 mi). Over 19 kilometers (12 mi) of the tether were deployed (over a period of 5 hours) before the tether broke. Many pieces of floating debris were produced by the plasma discharge and rupture of the tether, and some collided with it. The satellite remained in orbit for a number of weeks and was easily visible from the ground.