Space Shuttle Vehicle Overview

A complete overview of the Space Shuttle launch vehicle, including launch stats, vehicle info and launch locations.

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Space Shuttle rocket

Basic Info

Name

Space Shuttle

Family

Space Shuttle

Manufacturer

First Launch

12 Apr 1981

Successful Launches

133

Failed Launches

2

Rocket Info

Status

Inactive

Stages

2

Length

56.1 m

Diameter

8 m

Launch Mass

2,030 tons

Thrust

28,200 kN

Reusability

Reusable

Payload Info

LEO Capacity

27,500 kg

Launch Cost

$450M

The Space Shuttle is a retired, partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated from 1981 to 2011 by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS). Five complete Space Shuttle orbiter vehicles were built and flown on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011.

Launch Sites used by Space Shuttle

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center launch site

NASA's primary launch site for human spaceflight, housing iconic facilities and a rich space history.

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🚀 239 Launches

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