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NASA Space Shuttle Blueprint

NASA Space Shuttle Blueprint

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This section of paper was a piece of a blueprint used to manufacture a critical component of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

These are not modern reproductions. They were produced in the 1970s for use in the Space Shuttle Orbiter development.

Each display includes a unique, individually-numbered ½ x ½" fragment, research card, and certificate of authenticity.



In 1972, NASA hired LTV Aerospace to develop the Shuttle Entry Air Data System (SEADS) a method for measuring air pressure distribution around the spacecraft’s nose during reentry.

Due to the extreme heat of reentry, which could reach temperatures as high as 2,700° F (1,480° C), this assembly and the leading edges of the wings were protected by black tiles made of reinforced carbon-carbon material (RCC).

In 2003, during Columbia’s 28th launch, a piece of foam broke off the external fuel tank and struck the RCC tiles at about 500 mph (800 km/h), causing damage that ultimately lead to the tragic destruction of the spacecraft during reentry. Less than a year later, the Space Shuttle fleet was scheduled to be retired.

  • Acrylic Display
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Individually Numbered

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Online References

NASA Press Release for LTV Contract for Thermal Protection System, 1972 (release #72-121 (p. 298-299) & release #72-171 (p. 419–420)):

LTV Development Final Report, NASA 1975:

NASA Contractor Report, Historical Summary of Hardware Development, 1983:

Certification Test Program, NASA 1980: (LTV Aerospace had become Vought Corp prior to publication)

Columbia Accident Investigation Report, NASA 2003:

Testing the RCC component, NASA 2007:

Analysis of RCC component, NASA 1994:

LTV Aerospace contract value 1975, NASA:

News article about this component, 1986:

Lockheed Martin purchases LTV Aerospace, 1992:

Overview of Reinforced Carbon-Carbon — Wikipedia:

Overview of Shuttle Thermal Protection System:

A nice gallery of shuttle construction images:

Technical Details

Fragment Size: 0.5" x 0.5"

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Space Shuttle Orbiter

Columbia was 1 of 5 Space Shuttle Orbiters produced. Can you name them all?

Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, Endeavor

Bonus: Enterprise was an early prototype Space Shuttle produced for flight testing.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
E.W. (Virginia, United States)

Fantastic experience. I highly recommend

K.G. (Virginia, United States)

High quality and very nicely packed in a box.

Z. (Kansas, United States)

An amazing addition to any collection of NASA artifacts.

Z.U.U. (Virginia, United States)

Zachary gave this item 5 stars


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