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Interesting article about a proposed Orbiter Derived Station, I had no idea that this was ever suggested. Intriguing enough to share, caution advised for those that like their shuttles non dismembered.

The 1991 Plan to Turn Space Shuttle Columbia Into a Low-Cost Space Station 


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I have the report on that somewhere. I attended the briefing, ca 1992. They looked at A, B, and C options, this being one of them.

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I've heard of that, but not sure I'd ever seen a drawing.  Well, it would've been preferable to... you know...

That and the single-launch space station (that was discarded as "not ambitious enough" by Goldin, IIRC) are among the many might-have-beens.

I might actually buy a shuttle kit and build this one, though.  Blackstar, if you can find that report, I'd love to see it!

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Or they could of just built a Shuttle C with Node 1 in the cargo bay I guess...
http://www.collectspace.com/ubb/Forum30/HTML/000769.html
« Last Edit: 11/10/2017 01:19 PM by Rocket Science »
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A good article was written in Wired about this:
https://www.wired.com/2012/03/space-station-columbia-1991/

Looking at it, it was a really good idea, cheap, quick and would have been, in my opinion, a functional system, maybe even less complex then ISS.
« Last Edit: 11/10/2017 01:42 PM by BrightLight »

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I'd love to have seen shuttle-c and a shuttle-c derived station.

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I'd love to have seen shuttle-c and a shuttle-c derived station.
If you think about it, why destroy one asset when they could have gained another launch capability. We possibly could have avoided the gap with a capsule on Shuttle C...
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Makes me miss the shuttle, for all its flaws it was a great ship to watch  ;D

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"Shuttles aren't Legos." I get the feeling it would have been a little more complex than making a sketch.


I wish we had gone DIRECTly from the Shuttle.  ;)
« Last Edit: 11/10/2017 03:17 PM by JAFO »
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Makes me miss the shuttle, for all its flaws it was a great ship to watch  ;D
She was "magnificant" IMHO thorns and all...
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Re: The Orbiter Derived Station, shuttle huggers look away! :-\
« Reply #10 on: 11/10/2017 04:37 PM »
A good article was written in Wired about this:
https://www.wired.com/2012/03/space-station-columbia-1991/

Looking at it, it was a really good idea, cheap, quick and would have been, in my opinion, a functional system, maybe even less complex then ISS.

it would have been none of those items.
Not cheap.  It would have cost more that an orbiter or equivalent ISS parts.   It wasn't serviceable like the current ISS.   Quick?. It wold
« Last Edit: 11/10/2017 04:42 PM by Jim »

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Re: The Orbiter Derived Station, shuttle huggers look away! :-\
« Reply #11 on: 11/10/2017 05:12 PM »
Isn't the Orbiter crew cabin leakier by a large margin than a purpose-built ISS module?

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Re: The Orbiter Derived Station, shuttle huggers look away! :-\
« Reply #12 on: 11/11/2017 02:42 PM »
A good article was written in Wired about this:
https://www.wired.com/2012/03/space-station-columbia-1991/

Looking at it, it was a really good idea, cheap, quick and would have been, in my opinion, a functional system, maybe even less complex then ISS.

https://www.wired.com/2012/03/space-station-columbia-1991/

Same author: space historian David S.F Portree
« Last Edit: 11/11/2017 02:43 PM by Archibald »

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