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
- Ball Aerospace Systems Division
- Metal, plastic