Indicator, Attitude Director (ADI), Shuttle, Columbia


Display Status:

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 attitude-director indicator (ADI) instrument was removed from the Space Shuttle Columbia during its upgrade to an electronic "glass cockpit" in 2000. The instrument gave the crew attitude information as well as attitude rate and attitude errors. The orbiter's attitude was displayed on an enclosed ball ("eight ball") that was gimbaled and marked with numbers indicating angles. The ball moved in response to software-generated inputs to depict the orbiter's attitude in pitch, yaw and roll.

NASA transferred the set of Columbia's old cockpit instruments to the Museum in 2005.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Kennedy Space Center and United Space Alliance


Country of Origin

United States of America


Stainless steel, aluminum, anodized aluminum, paint, metal, plastic, Velcro


  • 3-D: 15.2 x 26 x 15.2cm (6 x 10 1/4 x 6 in.)
  • 3-D (Case): 22.9 x 41.3 x 22.9cm (9 x 16 1/4 x 9 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


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