PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2751 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3682 times:
Enterprise [as I understand it] was a full scale drop-test vehicle, launched from the NASA 747. It was also used as a mock up to test all sorts of components and assembly procedures, including stack up of the complete vehicle assembly in the VAB [Vehicle Asembly Building], and to test trailer and launch pad items/procedures.
It is, and can't be converted to a space going vehicle.
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FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3579 times:
Atlantis, Discovery & Endeavour are the only three operational shuttlecrafts left. Enterprise is the prototype, and cannot be a space-vehicle. She wasn't built to withstand the travels & stress of space flight. Regards.
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Trident From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 484 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3491 times:
It was originally intended that Enterprise (c/n OV-100) would be totally refurbished and made space worthy after the drop and glide tests in 1977. Another Shuttle (OV-099) was built as a Static Test Article (STA) and was used for heat and vibration tests in 1978/79. When the costs of getting Enterprise ready for space were calculated, it was decided that OV-099 would be cheaper and easier to make spaceworthy. OV-099 became Challenger.
Top be honest, costs and budget considerations have played far to large a role in determining many aspects of the Shuttle programme. Decisions made 30 years ago are coming home to roost.
MSYtristar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3464 times:
Way back in 1984, I remember seeing the "Enterprise" at the New Orleans World's Fair. I was only 5 at the time, but I recall how popular it was...it was all lit up at night, very gorgeous sight. It had it's own exhibit there, and it stayed for the entire 6 month duration of the fair.
Steve in New Orleans (Space Camp graduate: class of 1989)
DeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8929 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3413 times:
When I went to Cape Canaveral in 1997, I remember there being a space-shuttle on display for visitors to enter. I know it was not one of the then-four spaceworthy (Columbia, Endeavor, Atlantis, Discovery), so was it the Enterprise or did NASA just create a mock-up for this?
Clipper471 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 726 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3165 times:
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According to this morning's San Antonio newspaper there was a 7th shuttle.
"Pathfinder" (1977) was a 75-ton steel mock-up used to work out procedures for moving and handling the shuttle. A japanese businessman spent $1 million modifying it to look more like a shuttle and displayed it at a Tokyo exposition. Now it is on display at the space museum in Huntsville, Alabama.