Model, Space Telescope, 1:40

This scale model (1:40) of the proposed Large Space Telescope was used in development work on the payload bay of an early version of the Space Shuttle. The original proposal for an orbiting observatory involved a telescope equipped with a 100-inch or larger mirror to be placed in orbit by a re-usable space vehicle. This model was among several in the collection built for concept work for such a vehicle. Budgetary considerations and feasibility issues relating to available technologies led to a scaling down of the observatory to the 94-inch Hubble Space Telescope.

Transferred from the NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center to the Museum in 1975.

Transfer from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Non-ferrous metal, paint, steel screws
Stand and box: wood, brass, felt
Dimensions
Overall (scale 1:40): 4in. x 1ft 1in. (10.16 x 33.02cm) 1:40 scale

This scale model (1:40) of the proposed Large Space Telescope was used in development work on the payload bay of an early version of the Space Shuttle. The original proposal for an orbiting observatory involved a telescope equipped with a 100-inch or larger mirror to be placed in orbit by a re-usable space vehicle. This model was among several in the collection built for concept work for such a vehicle. Budgetary considerations and feasibility issues relating to available technologies led to a scaling down of the observatory to the 94-inch Hubble Space Telescope.

Transferred from the NASA, Marshall Space Flight Center to the Museum in 1975.

Transfer from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Non-ferrous metal, paint, steel screws
Stand and box: wood, brass, felt
Dimensions
Overall (scale 1:40): 4in. x 1ft 1in. (10.16 x 33.02cm) 1:40 scale

ID: A19750102000