Space Shuttle model signed. The Space Transportation System, commonly referred to as the Shuttle, consists of the Orbiter, the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB), and the External Tank. The Orbiter and SRBs are reusable. The entire stack is 184 feet tall and weighs approximately 4.5 million pounds.
The Space Shuttle is launched in an upright position, with thrust provided by the three Space Shuttle main engines and the two SRBs. About 2 minutes after launch, the two boosters are spent and separate from the external tank. They fall into the ocean at predetermined points and are recovered for reuse.
The Space Shuttle main engines continue firing for about 8 minutes. They shut down just before the craft is inserted into orbit. The external tank then separates from the orbiter. It follows a ballistic trajectory into a remote area of the ocean but is not recovered.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/200. Height 12 inches
This item is signed by Captain Christopher Ferguson (US Navy) who was the mission commander of STA-135, the last Shuttle flight conducted by NASA. This unique item also includes an actual piece of the cargo bay liner. A true collector's item and in limited quantity.