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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 International Space Station.

The Space Shuttle stack consisted of :

1. Space Shuttle Orbiter,
2. 2 solid rocket boosters (SRBs) and
3. an expendable external tank (ET).

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

Space Shuttle Launch:

The Space Shuttle was launched from Florida. There were plans in the 1980's to launch the space Shuttle from Vandenberg in California.

Orbiters

There were 5 shuttles in the US fleet:

1. Columbia (1981)
2. Discovery (1983)
3. Atlantis (1985)
5. Challenger and
5. Endeavour (1991) - replaced Challenger.

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.

Disasters

The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster happened on 1st February, 2003.

Program

NASA's Space Shuttle Program was officially called Space Transportation System.

In the future more will be covered on the shuttle orbiters, solid rocket boosters, kenedy space center, and more with more pictures

space shuttle picture

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 will be 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.

Solid Rocket Booster Uses Picture

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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