Model, Space Shuttle, North American Rockwell Final Design, 1:15


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 model represents the final Space Shuttle design that emerged from NASA-industry studies in 1969-1972. This design was selected as the best combination of a reusable orbiter, a disposable external tank, and two recoverable solid rocket boosters after it became evident that a completely reusable system would be too large and too costly. The model depicts the orbiter Columbia and the Shuttle "stack" poised for launch on the mobile launch platform and crawler transporter. Rockwell International, Space Shuttle prime contractor, presented this model to the Museum shortly after the first mission in 1981.

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Gift of Rockwell International Corporation

Country of Origin

United States of America


fiberglass, glass, metal, paint, plastic, wood, adhesive decals


  • Overall (Shuttle Stack): 12ft 2in. x 11ft x 12ft (370.8 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)
  • Overall (on Launch Platform): 15ft 8in. x 11ft x 12ft (477.52 x 335.3 x 365.8cm)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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


MODELS-Manned Spacecraft & Parts