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Robert Pearlman
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Shuttle for tomorrow: Mock NASA orbiter 'Inspiration' moving for river tour

A full-size model of a NASA space shuttle may soon journey on the waterways of the United States, embarking on a mission of education and "Inspiration."

The mock-up orbiter "Inspiration," which for two decades sat parked outside the Astronaut Hall of Fame in Florida, west of NASA's Kennedy Space Center, will depart on its first move as soon as Saturday morning (Jan. 16) to begin its transformation into an educational outreach tool and the showpiece for a company developing new communications technologies for future missions into deep space.

"It is kind of an educational and promotional thing," stated John Pederson, the chief executive officer of LVX System, which has an agreement with NASA to study applications for visual light communication — using LED light to stream data — for missions to Mars and other destinations.

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Does anyone know what role this played — if any — with the Florida Space Camp? I've been to the Hall of Fame building there a few times in the last few years and it was never open to the public, so I've always wondered what the inside was used for and what it looked like inside the shell...

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Space Camp Florida apparently used the crew cabin for simulated missions aboard "Endeavour" (and Endeavour was at one time written on the starboard wing). In the mid to late 2000s, the crew cabin was upgraded to feature an even more detailed flight deck and middeck.

The payload bay was originally open to the public as the "Shuttle to Tomorrow." As described in the article, it housed a 72-seat theater for what today would be called a 4D movie: the seats rumbled for launch and other effects immersed you in a spaceflight (though nothing to the extent or effectiveness of the Shuttle Launch Experience). John Glenn (appearing in the film) was the commander of the mission.

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Thanks for the info, Robert.

Are there any photos of the inside of it when it was being used? When did they close it to the public? I was there in 2011 and it looked like it'd been closed to the public for a long time, even then.

There's very little info out there about the Florida Space Camp these days...

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I remember being in the payload bay "theater" back in the early 90's. I believe the 4D experience also included the front of the shuttle raising up which gently pushed you back into the seats to create some liftoff G force. I may have some photos somewhere, I'll take a look.

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My memory is pretty hazy, but I went to Space Camp there maybe 20 years ago now. The culmination of the program was the simulated flight, which took place in the front simulated cockpit here.

I really wish I could remember more now; I doubt I have any photos but if I find any I'll post them. Perhaps someone else has some photos of the cockpit. I'd love to see it again. And I'm curious what it looks like today.

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I remember "shortly" before this moved to near the water at Kennedy Space Center, I was lamenting that we could have gone inside as we were just there a few months prior, but opted to do SLE again. However, I don't know whether it was closed or open to the public.

Robert Pearlman
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The Inspiration has been in the same place outside the Astronaut Hall of Fame for 20 years. Prior to that, it didn't exist.

The space shuttle mockup you are thinking of is the Independence, formerly the Explorer, which was moved from the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to the Complex 39 turn basin before departing by barge to Space Center Houston.

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'Inspiration' in motion: Mock space shuttle on the move

"Inspiration," a full-scale space shuttle model that for two decades stood along the state road leading into NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, rolled, and then floated away on Saturday (Jan. 16), beginning its journey towards becoming a traveling exhibit and marketing showpiece.

The 122-foot-long mockup, which at one time housed a theater and simulator, left its mount outside the former Space Camp Florida and U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame facility in Titusville just after 9:30 a.m. EST. Riding on a multi-wheeled transporter to a barge about a half mile away on the shore of the Indian River, the "Inspiration" left on a four hour trip across the water to a Beyel Brothers Crane and Rigging's work yard on Merritt Island, where it will spend upwards of a year being repaired and upgraded for its new mission.

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