Friday, April 20, 2012

First Part of Shuttle Trainer Arrives at Seattle's Museum of Flight

Seattle, WA, USA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- On Wedensday, The Museum of Flight in Seattle unveiled the first sections of the NASA Space Shuttle Trainer – three Engine Bells – marking the first of several shipments of the trainer, which will be housed at the Museum’s Charles Simonyi Space Gallery.

Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King hosted a brief news conference to announce the arrival and to unpack one of the three Engine Bells, which are approximately nine feet in diameter and roughly 800 pounds each. The Shuttle Trainer is being delivered in several stages in the coming months, with the most recognizable portion – the Crew Compartment – tentatively scheduled for delivery on June 16 aboard NASA’s Super Guppy aircraft.

“Today’s arrival of the three Shuttle Trainer Engine Bells marks a very significant moment for The Museum of Flight and the beginning of an exciting process that will allow us to tell the complete story of the Shuttle and the launch of the next era of space flight,” said Museum of Flight President and CEO Doug King. “Our Charles Simonyi Space Gallery will be one of the premier aerospace exhibits in the world.”

Built in the 1970s, the Shuttle Trainer is the only one of its kind in the world and is the simulator in which every space shuttle astronaut trained for space flight. It will be on display in the 15,500-sq.-ft. Charles Simonyi Space Gallery, where it will be joined by a collection of other rare space artifacts including Simonyi’s Soyuz TMA-14 spacecraft and interactive exhibits showcasing space travel from the earliest days of the space shuttle program to the future of commercial space.