Cushion, Extended Seat, Orbiter Commander-Pilot Seat, Shuttle


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

This extended seat cushion came into use after 1986, when Space Shuttle crews began to wear the orange launch-entry pressure suits. The attached parachute backpack forced the astronaut to sit more forward on the seat, so this extended seat cushion gave better support and comfort. It fit into place on the original commander-pilot seats in the Space Shuttle flight deck, or cockpit. NASA gave the Museum two original commander-pilot seats, but without the padded cushions. Fortunately, the California Science Center had a set and generously donated it to the Museum.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Gift of California Science Center Foundation


  • Synthetic Fiber
  • Foam
  • Velcro
  • Ink


3-D (Overall): 39.4 × 36.8 × 3.8cm (1 ft. 3 1/2 in. × 1 ft. 2 1/2 in. × 1 1/2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Manned-Parts & Structural Components

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