Model, Space Shuttle, North American Rockwell Final Design, 1:15

This model represents the final Space Shuttle design that emerged from NASA-industry studies in 1969-1972. This design was selected as the best combination of a reusable orbiter, a disposable external tank, and two recoverable solid rocket boosters after it became evident that a completely reusable system would be too large and too costly. The model depicts the orbiter Columbia and the Shuttle "stack" poised for launch on the mobile launch platform and crawler transporter. Rockwell International, Space Shuttle prime contractor, presented this model to the Museum shortly after the first mission in 1981.

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Rockwell International Corp.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
fiberglass, glass, metal, paint, plastic, wood, adhesive decals
Dimensions
Overall (Shuttle Stack): 12ft 2in. x 11ft x 12ft (370.8 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)
Overall (on Launch Platform): 15ft 8in. x 11ft x 12ft (477.52 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)

This model represents the final Space Shuttle design that emerged from NASA-industry studies in 1969-1972. This design was selected as the best combination of a reusable orbiter, a disposable external tank, and two recoverable solid rocket boosters after it became evident that a completely reusable system would be too large and too costly. The model depicts the orbiter Columbia and the Shuttle "stack" poised for launch on the mobile launch platform and crawler transporter. Rockwell International, Space Shuttle prime contractor, presented this model to the Museum shortly after the first mission in 1981.

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Rockwell International Corp.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Moving Beyond Earth

Type
MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
fiberglass, glass, metal, paint, plastic, wood, adhesive decals
Dimensions
Overall (Shuttle Stack): 12ft 2in. x 11ft x 12ft (370.8 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)
Overall (on Launch Platform): 15ft 8in. x 11ft x 12ft (477.52 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)

ID: A19810317000