STS-107 (113)

Columbia (28)
Pad 39-A (76)
KSC Landing (62) (Planned)
113th Shuttle Mission
Loss of Vehicle and Crew

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Rick D. Husband (2), Commander
William C. McCool (1), Pilot
Michael P. Anderson (2), Payload Commander
Kalpana Chawla (2), Mission Specialist
David M. Brown (1), Mission Specialist
Laurel B. Clark (1), Mission Specialist
Ilan Ramon (1), (ISA) Payload Specialist


OPF -- 3/12/02 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 3/12/2002)
VAB -- 11/18/02 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 11/18/2002)
PAD -- 12/09/02 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 12/09/2002)


SpaceHab-DM Research Mission, Freestar

Mission Objectives:

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Research Mission, Freestar (MEIDEX,SOLSE-2,CVX-2,SOLCON-3, LPT,SEM,PSRD)

The FREESTAR payload is a Hitchhiker payload through the GSFC Code
870 Shuttle Small Payloads Project. FREESTAR consists of separate
experiments and the Hitchhiker (HH) Carrier (HHC) avionics mounted
on a cross-bay HH Multipurpose Equipment Support Structure
(MPESS). The carrier avionics provides the interface to the
electrical systems, the payload power control, and command and
telemetry capabilities. Examples of some of the experiments that
FREESTAR can carry are MEIDEX, SOLSE-2, CVX-2, SOLCON-3,


January 16, 2003 - 10:39 a.m. EDT (15:39 GMT)

On Thursday, 1/16/03, the launch countdown proceeded as scheduled. At 9:18 a.m. EST, a go was given to close the hatch. At 10:10 a.m. EST, the countdown clock exited the planned hold at the T-minus 20 minute mark. At 10:31 a.m. EST, the countdown clock came out of the planned hold at the T-minus 9 minute mark. At 10:35 a.m. EST, a go was given for APU start. Launch occurred at the opening of the launch window.

On Friday, May 24, 2002, in the Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF), processing continues for Columbia's STS-107 microgravity research mission. Workers installed the SPACEHAB/FREESTAR payload into Columbia's payload bay after managers determined the small scratch on a support attachment was not a concern. Installation of Space Shuttle Main Engines and servicing of Freon Loop No. 1 is in work. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 5/24/2002)
Previous launch dates were July 11, 2002, April 4, 2002 and before that January 11, 2001.


Altitude: 150 nm
Inclination: 39
Orbits: 255
Duration: 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 22 seconds.
Distance: miles


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KSC February 1, 9:16 a.m. 2003 (Planned)

Deorbit burn occured at 8:15 a.m. EST (1315 GMT) for a planned landing on KSC Runway 33. Shortly after Roll Reversal #1 (8:53 a.m. EST) at MET 15 days 22 hours 17 min 50 seconds while Columbia was traveling at Mach 20.9 and 224,390ft, flight directors saw a loss of sensor data (offscale low) from the hydraulic systems on the left wing. Initial indications were loss of sensor data near the left inboard part of the wing, followed by sensors on the left outboard area of the wing. At 8:59 a.m. there was a loss of sensor data (Tire pressure offscale low) which caused an onboard alert that was acknowledged by the crew. Communication with the crew and loss of data occured shortly after while Columbia was at a Mission Elapsed Time (MET) of 15 days 22 hours 20 minutes 22 seconds. The vehicle broke up while traveling at 12,500 mph (Mach 18.3) at an altitude of 207,135ft over East Central Texas resulting in the loss of both vehicle and crew. (Reference: JSC Ron Dittemore Post flight Technical News Conference 2/1/2003 3:30pm EST).

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