Covers, Star Tracker, Shuttle, Columbia

This cover protected the fragile components of the Shuttle star tracker, and it was removed before flight. The star tracker was mounted near the nose of a Shuttle orbiter and used to establish its position once in orbit. The device acquired a known star through its optics, and provided data on that acquisition to the Shuttle's on-board inertial measurement unit and computer to fix the orbiter's position.

This cover protected a star tracker that flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia for its maiden mission in April 1981 and on 15 subsequent flights.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Ball Aerospace Systems Division

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Miscellaneous

Materials
Metal, plastic

This cover protected the fragile components of the Shuttle star tracker, and it was removed before flight. The star tracker was mounted near the nose of a Shuttle orbiter and used to establish its position once in orbit. The device acquired a known star through its optics, and provided data on that acquisition to the Shuttle's on-board inertial measurement unit and computer to fix the orbiter's position.

This cover protected a star tracker that flew on the Space Shuttle Columbia for its maiden mission in April 1981 and on 15 subsequent flights.

Transferred from NASA

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Ball Aerospace Systems Division

Type
INSTRUMENTS-Miscellaneous

Materials
Metal, plastic

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