STS-62-A was a planned Space Shuttle mission to deliver a reconnaissance payload (Teal Ruby) into polar orbit. It was expected to use Discovery. It would have been the first manned launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, and the first manned mission to go into polar orbit. The mission designation, 62-A, meant: 6=fiscal year 1986, 2=Vandenberg (1=Kennedy Space Center), and A=first flight in that fiscal year.
|Mission type||Satellite deployment|
|Spacecraft||Space Shuttle Discovery|
|Members||Robert L. Crippen|
Guy S. Gardner
Richard M. Mullane
Jerry L. Ross
Dale A. Gardner
Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||15 July 1986|
|Launch site||Vandenberg SLC-6|
|End of mission|
|Landing site||Vandenberg Runway 12|
Front row (l to r): Guy Gardner, Mike Mullane, Jerry Ross, and Dale Gardner. Back row (l to r): Pete Aldridge, Jr, Robert Crippen, and Brett Watterson
|Commander||Robert L. Crippen|
|Pilot||Guy S. Gardner|
|Mission Specialist 1||Richard M. Mullane|
|Mission Specialist 2||Jerry L. Ross|
|Mission Specialist 3||Dale A. Gardner|
|Payload Specialist 1||Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.|
|Payload Specialist 2||Brett Watterson, MSE|
Guy Gardner, Jerry Ross, and Mike 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.
- "85-0025 Crews for First Vandenberg Mission, DoD Flight Named" (PDF) (Press release). NASA Johnson Space Center News. 15 February 1985. Retrieved 11 February 2008.
- Jenkins, Dennis R. (2001). Space Shuttle: The History of the National Space Transportation System The First 100 Missions. Saint Paul: Voyageur Press. p. 329. ISBN 0-9633974-5-1..
- "NASA National Space Science Data Center – Lacrosse 1 Details". Retrieved 11 February 2008.