Launch from Cape Canaveral (KSC
landing on Edwards AFB
. Maiden voyage of orbiter Challenger.
Originally the launch was planned for January 30, 1983 but a hydrogen leak
in one of the main engines forced to delay the launch. An additional delay was
caused by contamination to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-1 (TDRS
-A respectively) during a severe storm.
The crew deployed the communications satellite
-A, but it reached only an elliptical orbit. Using
it's own thrusters, it was able to reach the planned orbit after a few months.
of the Shuttle program was performed by Story
on April 07, 1983 (3h 52m), testing tools for a
later planned repair of a satellite and of the new developed
suits. Other STS-6 cargo included three GAS canisters and continuation of the
Monodisperse Latex Reactor and the Continuous Flow Electrophoresis experiments.
Other experiments were on the fields of materials science, earth observations