RIDING THE STACK
THE STORY OF THE NASA SPACE SHUTTLE PROGRAMME

Between April and July 2011 the US space shuttle programme featured 135 missions, two of which ended in tragedy.  The story of the shuttle programme has its roots in the 1940's with attempts to break the sound barrier.  During the 1960's studies were conducted into a reusable launch system which was intended to reduce the enormous costs of launching payloads into orbit yet retain the flexibility to perform a variety of missions.  In this new lecture Dave Shayler recalls the heritage of the shuttle programme, the hardware and mission profile, and the variety of mission flown.  In addition to explaining the highs and lows of the programme the presentation also reflects what it was like to live and work on the Shuttle and how the vehicles were prepared for each mission.  Details of why the progamme ended are recounted along with the results and benefits of a 30 year operational history.
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Riding the Stack