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The US Space Shuttle was first launched in 1981. It had flown more than 135
missions between 1981 and 2011.
Space Shuttle was used to construct and supply the
The Space Shuttle stack consisted
1. Space Shuttle Orbiter,
2. 2 solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and
3. an expendable external tank
The Orbiter used 3 SSME
Rocket Engines which used Liquid Hydrogen and Liquid Oxygen as propellants.
The payload was carried in the cargo bay. One of the most famous payloads is the
Hubble Space Telescope.
The Space Shuttle was launched from Florida. There were plans in the 1980's to
launch the space Shuttle from Vandenberg in California.
There were 5 shuttles in the US fleet:
1. Columbia (1981)
5. Challenger and
Endeavour (1991) - replaced
Enterprise was used for
atmospheric test flights but not intended for orbital flight.
Solid Rocket Motors
The solid rocket motor (SRM) were the first solid rocket motor designed for
re-use and were the largest to be flown on manned missions. The 2 SRB's were
attached to the external tank! The SRM's were manufactured by Thiokol in
Birmingham City, Utah.
Shuttle Columbia Disaster happened on 1st February,
NASA's Space Shuttle Program was officially called Space Transportation
In the future more will be covered on the shuttle orbiters, solid rocket boosters, kenedy space center, and
more with more
Future Space Shuttle
Nasa started the Space Launch Intiative in 2001 in order to find a shuttle
successor with a planned replacement date of 2012. The program was replaced with
the Orbital Space Plane concept which was going to function as a small space
taxi to the ISS. In January 2004 Project Constellation was announced and the new Crew Exploration Vehicle
Orion. The CEV design
for the ISS is a capsule. It will be launched by Ares I and not on top of a Delta 4
or Atlas V.
Did you know?
The Space Shuttle is carried on the same crawler transporter that moved the
Saturn 5 rockets from the assembly building to the launch pad.
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Space Shuttle Pinball
This is a
used pinball machine that has been refurbished. It was manufactured
by Williams in 1984. A total of 7,620 games were produced.