PW100 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2002, 2350 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3568 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 (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 3465 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 (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3377 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 United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 6514 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3350 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, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 3299 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 (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3051 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.