Cradle, Payload Assist Module (PAM-D), Space Shuttle

This is the PAM (Payload Assist Module), a portable launch platform for helping launch small satellites from the Space Shuttle than would be normally possible since the Shuttle only operates in low Earth orbits. The PAM has a spin motor and spring device for spinning the satellite to create inertia for stability and for ejecting it.

This PAM-D was flown on four Space Shuttle missions including STS-21 and STS-25, both in 1985. The latter flight carried the Arab Shiek S. Al-Saud and Patrick Baudry.

Sheik Al-Saud was a space tourist while Baudry was the first Frenchman into space, On the same mission the ARABSAT was launched. The PAM-D also launched ANIK-C2 in 1983 (STS-7), Weststar-VI in 1985 (STS-41B); and AUSSAT-B in 1985 (STS-27).

This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1990 by the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

Date
1983-1985

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Overall: Stainless Steel, Stainless Fabric, Rubber (Silicone), Plastic, Nylon, Paint, Steel, Synthetic Fabric, Aluminum, Cadmium Plating, Brass, Velcro, Mylar (Polyester), Gold Plating, Beryllium
Dimensions
Other: 9ft 3in. x 7ft 7in. x 16ft 5in., 2000lb. (281.9 x 231.2 x 500.4cm, 907.2kg)

This is the PAM (Payload Assist Module), a portable launch platform for helping launch small satellites from the Space Shuttle than would be normally possible since the Shuttle only operates in low Earth orbits. The PAM has a spin motor and spring device for spinning the satellite to create inertia for stability and for ejecting it.

This PAM-D was flown on four Space Shuttle missions including STS-21 and STS-25, both in 1985. The latter flight carried the Arab Shiek S. Al-Saud and Patrick Baudry.

Sheik Al-Saud was a space tourist while Baudry was the first Frenchman into space, On the same mission the ARABSAT was launched. The PAM-D also launched ANIK-C2 in 1983 (STS-7), Weststar-VI in 1985 (STS-41B); and AUSSAT-B in 1985 (STS-27).

This object was donated to the Smithsonian in 1990 by the McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Company

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
McDonnell Douglas Astronautics Co.

Date
1983-1985

Type
SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Overall: Stainless Steel, Stainless Fabric, Rubber (Silicone), Plastic, Nylon, Paint, Steel, Synthetic Fabric, Aluminum, Cadmium Plating, Brass, Velcro, Mylar (Polyester), Gold Plating, Beryllium
Dimensions
Other: 9ft 3in. x 7ft 7in. x 16ft 5in., 2000lb. (281.9 x 231.2 x 500.4cm, 907.2kg)

ID: A19900058000