Postage Stamp Collection
|Length||12.4 cm||4.9 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||7.9 cm||3.1 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
Postage Stamp Collection PS58231 – 1/300 Scale Shuttle Orbiter”Atlantis”
Postage Stamp Collection diecast model PS58231 replicates in 1/300 scale the Space Shuttle Orbiter “Atlantis”, OV-104, NASA.
Space Shuttle “Atlantis”, OV‑104, the fifth built, made it’s maiden flight from October 3 to 7, 1985. Atlantis flew the last space shuttle mission on 8 July 2011, landing for the final time at the Kennedy Space Center on July 21, 2011.
The Space Shuttle is an American partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system. Part of the Space Transportation System (STS) program managed by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The first orbital test flights occurred in 1981 with operational flights commencing in 1982; the program ended on July 21, 2011.
The Shuttle consisted of the Orbiter Vehicle (OV), two solid rocket boosters (SRBs), and external tank (ET) containing liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen. The six Orbiter Vehicles manufactured were the Enterprise (OV-101), Columbia (OV-102), Challenger (OV-099), Discovery (OV-103), Atlantis (OV-104), after the Challenger disaster in 1996 Endeavour (OV-105). Shuttle missions included the launching of satellites, interplanetary probes, Hubble Space Telescope (HST), science experiments and missions in support of the International Space Station.
The orbiter vehicles airframe was made primarily of aluminium alloy and the engine structure of titanium alloy. Later orbiters used some graphite-epoxy structural elements to reduce weight. Windows were made from aluminium silicate glass and fused silica glass. The flight control system was fly-by-wire. Contained within the fuselage is a cargo bay with a robotic arm to release and retrieve satellites, a typical payload was about 22,700 kg (50,045 lb). Wings are delta-shaped with a single fin. The undercarriage is a retractable tricycle type. To protect the Orbiter during reentry, a thermal protection system (TPS) covers the orbiter.
Mount in the rear fuselage in a triangular layout are the three Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs). On each side of the fin is the Orbital Maneuvering System engine pods (OMS). A Reaction Control System (RCS), composed of 44 small liquid-fueled rocket thrusters are located near the nose and in the OMS pods. The crew usually consisted of five to seven, one a flight commander and another the pilot.