Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Shuttles - Space Station
  Space Shuttle Attach Points

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Space Shuttle Attach Points
Donald
Member

Posts: 18
From: Poway, Calif., USA
Registered: Sep 2009

posted 09-23-2012 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Donald   Click Here to Email Donald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have loved all of the photos that has been posted on the shuttles being flown atop the SCA and would love to see if possible how the shuttle is attached to the SCA.

Are there any pictures of the attach points and how they work when the shuttle is mated to the SCA?

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 09-23-2012 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The same attach points that were used to mount the orbiters to their external tanks were used to mount them on the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.

There are two aft attach points and one forward, the latter known as the tee pee and arrowhead after the shape of the mounting hardware. Some photos:

Cozmosis22
Member

Posts: 262
From: Texas * Earth
Registered: Apr 2011

posted 10-10-2012 09:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cozmosis22     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That last closeup image is really funny. Apparently they quite a sense of humour.

"Attach orbiter here.
NOTE: Black side down."

Donald
Member

Posts: 18
From: Poway, Calif., USA
Registered: Sep 2009

posted 10-11-2012 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Donald   Click Here to Email Donald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for the replies and photos. I would still like any info or photos of how the attach points work like the mechanical means of attaching the two, the shuttle and the SCA? Thank you.

Jim Behling
Member

Posts: 537
From: Cape Canaveral, FL
Registered: Mar 2010

posted 10-11-2012 02:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jim Behling   Click Here to Email Jim Behling     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just like for the ET/Orbiter aft attachment. The orbiter has a socket and the ET has a ball and there is a bolt that goes through the center of both.

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement