Frame, License Plate, Space Station Concept, Rockwell Group

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This object is on display in the Moving Beyond Earth exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This license plate frame is a piece of memorabilia of one team of businesses participating in developing early concepts for a space station to be built and flown by the United States. In the 1980s, different groups of companies planned and bid on the contracts to construct their concepts. Rockwell International Corp. led a team bidding for the framework, superstructure and computer contract. The team included Grumman Aerospace, Harris Corp., Intermetrics Inc., Unisys Corp., United Technologies, and TRW. Sperry also participated. The logo that they developed is on the bottom right corner of the frame.

A set of two such frames was owned by F. Peter Simmons, an aerospace engineer who studied at the George Washington University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Simmons worked as Director of Space Astronomy at Grumman Aerospace Corporation.

Simmons gave the frames to the Museum when he donated his papers to the Museum's Archives in 2005.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number

A20120264000

Credit Line

Gift of F. Peter Simmons

Country of Origin

United States of America

Materials

aluminum, paint

Dimensions

3-D: 31 × 0.7 × 16cm (12 3/16 × 1/4 × 6 5/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Type

MEMORABILIA-People